January 28, 2022 - by

Cunningham Shines as Noles Wrap Up Day One at Texas Tech and Clemson

LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 13/26 Florida State track and field teams got off to a terrific start Friday at the Texas Tech Open and the Bob Pollock Meet with several athletes recording historic performances.

Texas Tech Open

Trey Cunningham showed once again why he is the top hurdler in the nation on Friday night. Cunningham clocked in a 7.49 in the 60m hurdles that broke his own FSU, ACC and facility record in the preliminaries. Cunningham wasn’t going to stop there, as he cruised to the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history in the semifinals with a 7.46.

On the women’s side, Edidiong Odiong continued her strong season with a personal best time of 7.32 in the 60m dash. That time is the eighth-fastest in school history.

In the long jump, all three Noles placed inside the top five. Jacore Irving led the way with a mark of 7.46m to finish third. Jeremiah Davis returned to competition after an eight month hiatus due to injury, and he did not disappoint. Davis finished fourth with a mark of 7.42m. Alonie Sutton returned to action with a fifth-place finish with a mark of 6.10m.

Taylor Banks had a strong showing in the 60m dash, as he ran the second-fastest qualifying time on the day coming in at 6.64. Banks, Cunningham and Odiong elected not to participate in the finals of their respective events.

Other solid performers included DaeQwan Butler and Alex Collier. Butler finished fourth in the 400m dash (46.96) while Collier finished sixth (47.08).

Riley Ott started the day on a high note for the Noles in the heptathlon. Ott broke his personal bests in the 60m dash, the long jump, the shot put and the high jump. Ott will resume competition at noon in the 60m hurdles.

Bob Pollock Meet

The mile run was the highlight of the day for the Noles in Clemson, as they took four out of the top five spots in the event.

Maudie Skyring (4:36.75) took first in her first race of the season just edging teammate Lauren Ryan (4:36.76). Alyson Churchill finished third with a time of 4:37.41 while Jen Lima finished fifth with a time of 4:48.10. Skyring, Ryan and Churchill hold the fifth, sixth and seventh-best times in the NCAA this season and each ran top 10 times in FSU history.

The women’s distance crew shined again in the DMR. Lima, Ava Klein, Caitlin Wilkey and Churchill combined to take first in the event with a time of 11:31.37.

Both teams will be back in action tomorrow. The Bob Pollock Meet will begin for the Noles at 11:10 with the women’s 800m. The meet will once again be streamed on ACCNX. The Texas Tech Open will begin with the continuation of the heptathlon at noon and can be seen on ESPN+.

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