ALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a one-year hiatus the Seminole Twilight is back on the Florida State track & field schedule, as the Noles close out the regular season at home Friday on Mike Long Track. “The Seminole Twilight is a key tune-up meet for next weekend’s ACC Championships,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “We need to get ACC qualifying marks in several events and we’re also looking to get our men’s 4×100 relay in synch.”
The action gets underway with the hammer at 12 noon, with a field event-heavy slate leading up to the start of action on the track at 6 p.m.
“There’s definitely a momentum factor in our sport and it would be a huge boost to our ACC title aspirations to have some great performances tomorrow,” Braman added.
Friday’s festivities extend beyond the track and in the field competition.
A group of 26 graduating Noles will be recognized in a 3 p.m. ceremony that is becoming a popular annual event. Collectively, the graduating group has celebrated four ACC men’s team titles and three ACC women’s titles, with the genders combining for three top-10 NCAA Championship finishes over the past five years. Among those individuals being recognized is four-time ACC champion, 2016 Olympian and current NCAA discus leader Kellion Knibb. Knibb is one of four school record-holders among those closing their careers, along with Jake Burton, Harry Mulenga and Grete Sadeiko.
Before the public recognition of the outgoing group, Florida State will dedicate its McIntosh Building conference room to Dr. Frankie Hall, a true pioneer of women’s athletics. Hall was the coach of the first women’s track & field team at FSU back in 1969, taking her nine-woman squad through a five-meet schedule which included the first intercollegiate national championship meet for women. Six of the nine members will be in attendance.
The Seminoles placed 11th at that meet in San Marcos, Texas, and while there were no awards provided, three women – Lee Anne Wojtkowski, Avis Latham (Vaught) and Margaret Kane – scored top-six finishes. That trio is being recognized as the first All-American women in school history by meeting the criteria established for those who followed them.
“My body will be in North Carolina but my heart will be in the McIntosh Track and Field Building as one of the most exciting things in my life happens,” said Hall, who at 92 will not be able to attend the event driven by the women she mentored.
Hall went on to add that she is especially moved by, “the recognition of the long forgotten All-Americans who were accidentally overlooked by history.”
Though the dedication and All-American recognition is private, fans can watch on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/FSUTrack/?nr# beginning at 2 p.m.
While the meet is light on collegiate competition outside a large group of Seminoles, there will be no shortage of talent on display as the field includes a host of Olympians, many of whom once suited up in Garnet & Gold.
Among the Olympian Noles competing are Kimberly Williams (triple jump), Stefan Brits (100/200), Anne Zagre (100 hurdles), Meme Jean (100 hurdles) and Walter Dix (100/200). Former Seminole All-American Dentarius Locke will compete in the 100 and 200 as well in a field that also includes Jamaican Olympian Nickel Ashmeade.
“For the fans, they’ll also see some world-class, post-collegiate sprinters and hurdlers,” Braman said. “Walter Dix and Nickel Ashmeade are two Olympians headlining the 100 and 200 meters. Walt always runs well at Mike Long Track, so I’m looking forward to seeing him roaring down the homestretch.”
The star-studded field includes its share of noteworthy Noles as well. Ed’Ricus Williams, ranked No. 5 nationally, will compete in the men’s high jump. NCAA Indoor Championships qualifier Eleonora Omoregie will get ready to duplicate her ACC Indoor women’s high jump title. Emmanuel Onyia, ranked No. 9 nationally in the men’s discus, is also in the field,
FSU’s stout crop of women’s hurdlers, led by Peta-Gay Williams and Nicole Setterington, will tackle a talented post-collegiate field, while men’s sprint standout Edward Clarke – the ACC 100-meter runner-up last year – will measure his progress against some of the best at that distance.
Armani Wallace, ranked No. 12 nationally in the triple jump, headlines FSU’s strong horizontal group which includes ACC Championship challengers Jogaile Petrokaite and Keniel Grant in the long jump.
Fans unable to attend the free-of-charge meet can stay abreast of the action via Twitter (@FSU_Track) and by following live stats for all events at http://live.pttiming.com/?mid=1225.