June 9, 2016 - by
Friday Primer: Busy Day Ahead For Men & Farrington In Hep

UGENE, Ore. – A busy day awaits the Seminoles Friday at Historic Hayward Field, where the men finish up competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and senior Melissa-Maree Farrington gets started with the first four of seven events in the heptathlon.

Farrington leads things off in the 100-meter hurdles at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and will have also completed the high jump and shot put before the four qualifying Seminole men get going.

Graduate transfer Ed’Ricus Williams begins high jump competition at 8 p.m., followed by senior Emmanuel Onyia in the discus (8:05). Seminole junior Montel Never and Armani Wallace take to the runway in the triple jump at 8:40.

Farrington will close out her day with the 200-meter dash at 10:13 p.m.

Here’s an event-by-event look at how the Seminoles stack up in their respective events.

Friday Primer: Busy Day Ahead For Men & Farrington In Hep
Women’s Heptathlon – Melissa-Maree Farrington, Senior
Day 1 Events: 100 hurdles/high jump/shot put/200
The two-time defending ACC champion enters the meet ranked No. 11 in the field of 24 multi-event athletes with a season-best total of 5,692 points. It’s the NCAA Championships heptathlon debut for the Australian who ranks No. 2 all-time among the Seminoles with a lifetime-best of 5,735 points.

In the midst of a strong final collegiate season – she was 15th at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pentathlon – she has an opportunity to become FSU’s first first-team All-American in the heptathlon. Carmelia Shivers owns the top finishes among Noles, placing 10th in 1990 and 1991. Farrington’s former teammate and FSU record-holder Grete Sadeiko (5,813 pts.) was 11th last year.

Farrington historically starts strong as the 100-meter hurdles and high jump are her best Day 1 events.

The Challengers: Georgia senior Kendall Williams is the heavy favorite to win her third title in four years, entering with a season-best 6,354 points. That’s well clear of the Arkansas tandem of Taliyah Brooks (6,099) and Payton Stumbaugh (6,023), and Kansas State’s Nina Schultz (6,021), who are the only competitors in the field over 6,000 points this season. Only 177 points separate Farrington from the fifth-best score this season.

How to Watch: Exclusive coverage of the women’s heptathlon, which begins at 3:30 p.m. (ET) will be streamed on ESPN3/WatchESPN. A listing of links can be found here: http://www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor/d1/broadcast-info?cid=NCAATrackField_tw_sf85955340&sf85955340=1

Friday Primer: Busy Day Ahead For Men & Farrington In Hep
Men’s High Jump – Ed’Ricus Williams, Grad Student
Flight 1, 11th in Order, 8 p.m. (ET)
Following a perfect march through the NCAA East prelims, Williams is poised to deliver some high jump magic in his final season as a collegian and first as a Seminole. Entering the competition with the fourth-best mark among men in the field (2.22m/7-3.25), the graduate student from Bethune-Cookman is anxious to make amends after his last trip to the NCAA Championships with the Wildcats in 2015.

The ACC runner-up, Williams was one of three jumpers perfect through three bars in Lexington, Ky., and has plenty momentum with three wins and two runner-up finishes over his last five meets.

The Challengers: This is one of the tightest fields competitively in any event. The top marks belong to Georgia’s Kennon Laine and South Carolina’s Tye Williams (2.25m/7-4.5) – whom tied Williams at the NCAA East meet – followed by Texas Tech’s Trey Culver (2.24). Still, 10 qualifiers have cleared 2.20 this season and that doesn’t include Kansas State’s Christoff Bryan who was the 2016 NCAA runner-up at 2.22.

How to Watch: Exclusive coverage of the men’s high jump begins at 7:50 p.m. (ET) will be streamed on ESPN3/WatchESPN at http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3093757/ncaa-track–field-outdoor-championships-mens-high-jump-final

Friday Primer: Busy Day Ahead For Men & Farrington In Hep
Men’s Discus – Emmanuel Onyia, Senior
Flight 2, 10th in order, beginning at approximately 9:05 p.m. (ET)
A fifth-year senior making his NCAA Championships debut, Onyia has been the picture of consistency throughout the season. That bodes well at an event which can often lead to uneven efforts. Onyia enters the competition with the No. 11 mark (60.34m/197-11) in the field and ranks third all-time among Seminoles. He was eighth out of the East Prelims but took care of business on his opening throw, albeit with a cranky calf muscle.

Following an additional week of preparation and healing, he hopes to lock into the form which led him to back-to-back top marks of 59.62m (195-7) and his PB (60.34m) at Stanford and Penn Relays just a little over a month ago.

The Challengers: The NCAA leader is Ole Miss’ Brian Williams (65.13/213-8), followed by Kansas’ Mitchell Cooper (63.98/209-11) and Cincinnati’s Macklin Tudor (63.54/208-5). Defending champion Nicholas Percy of Nebraska ranks fourth this year (62.91/206-4)

How to Watch: Exclusive coverage of the men’s discus will begin at 7:55 p.m. (ET) with a live stream on ESPN3/WatchESPN at http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3093756/ncaa-track–field-outdoor-championships-mens-discus-throw-final

Friday Primer: Busy Day Ahead For Men & Farrington In Hep
Men’s Triple Jump – Montel Nevers, Junior
& Armani Wallace, Sophomore
Flight 1, Nevers 2nd and Wallace 5th in Order, 8:40 p.m. (ET)
Throughout the season Nevers and Wallace have pushed each other in practice and competition, and with both assigned to the same runway, they hope that trend extends to a pair of appearances in the finals.

Wallace owns the all-conditions No. 11 mark in the field (16.32m/53-6.5), which he set in his ACC Championship victory. Nevers is No. 17 overall on the strength of his ACC runner-up performance (15.99/52-5.5). Those rankings, however, change to Nos. 7 and 9, respectively, when you remove the wind-aided marks from the qualifying field of 24.

Both jumpers have shown a knack for stepping up against big-time competition, as evidenced by Wallace’s sweep of the horizontal jumps at the ACC Championships and Nevers’ eighth-place triple jump finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The Challengers: Though he ranks No. 2 with an all-conditions best of 16.70m (54-9.5), Florida’s KeAndre Bates was the 2016 runner-up and the only returning scorer from last year. The nation’s top mark belongs to USC’s Eric Sloan (16.92/55-6.25), but there are five others who marks of 16.43 or better this season including Baylor’s Felix Obi and Virginia’s Jordan Scott.

How to Watch: Exclusive coverage of the men’s triple jump begins at 8:30 p.m. (ET) with a live stream on ESPN3/WatchESPN at http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3093752/ncaa-track–field-outdoor-championships-mens-triple-jump-trials–flight-2–final

Friday Primer: Busy Day Ahead For Men & Farrington In Hep
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