TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State sprinter Darryl Haraway’s sophomore season is progressing right on schedule, and it is becoming virtually impossible not to notice.
After winning the 60-meter dash title Friday at the Tyson Invitational in a lifetime-best time of 6.59 seconds, Haraway was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Track Performer of the Week for the second time this season.
“Darryl has been on a mission this season,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “He worked extraordinarily hard all fall with an eye toward this season. Coach [Ricky] Argro’s goal has always been to get him to be the best Darryl Haraway he can be. It just so happens that him among the very best in the country.”
In the process of scoring his second 60-meter title in four meets this season – he also has a pair of runner-up finishes – Haraway avenged an early-season loss to Northern Iowa’s Brandon Carnes. Carnes ran 6.59 to win the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 20, and he also edged Haraway 6.60 to 6.64 in their semifinal round at the Tyson Invitational.
That runner-up semifinal finish pushed Haraway out to lane two for the final where he used an explosive start and a better transition phase to claim the win over two-time meet champion Cameron Burrell (Houston, 6.63), Kenzo Cotton (Arkansas, 6.65) and Carnes (6.67), who finished 2-3-4.
The Upper Marlboro, Md. native now owns a share of the No. 6 spot on Florida State’s all-time list of fastest 60-meter dash performances, alongside Seminole legend and Olympic medalist Walter Dix, and Michael Ray Garvin.
More importantly, his time is tied for the second-fastest nationally, and is a lock to represent the Seminoles at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March at Texas A&m. But first he will lead the Noles into the ACC Indoor Championships, February 23-25 at Notre Dame, where he hopes to trade his 2016 60-meter silver medal in for gold.
“It’s great to see another Seminole sprinter at the top of the NCAA again,” Braman added.
Haraway’s honor marks the fifth time this indoor season that a Seminole has been selected ACC Performer of the Week.
One Last Look Back On Weekend
It would be difficult to characterize the weekend performance by the Noles at both the Tyson and David Hemery Invitationals as anything less than a success. The raw numbers back that up.
FSU’s women combined for 16 new personal-best performances, seven new additions or improvements on the all-time top 10 list and one school record. The men collected 11 new personal-best marks and four new additions or improvements on the top 10 list.
In addition to the aforementioned performance by Haraway, Michael Hall cracked the top 10 in the men’s mile for the first time when he ran 4:04.12 at the Hemery Invite, the No. 6 mark in school history. Hall was one of three Seminole milers to post personal-bests at Boston University.
Graduate transfer Ed’Ricus Williams matched his lifetime-best indoors in the high jump when he cleared 2.16 meters (7-1) for a share of eighth-place in the meet and the No. 8 spot all-time among Noles. Junior transfer Montel Nevers used a collegiate best triple jump of 15.58 meters (51-1.50) to join teammate Armani Wallace in a share of the No. 10 spot on the all-time list. Nevers and Wallace finished seventh and eighth at the Tyson Invitational.
Gleneve Grange’s school-record and lifetime-best shot put mark of 16.32 meters (53-6.50) highlighted a big weekend for the women. Grange finished fourth at Tyson.
Sprinter Shauna Helps doubled up on her FSU top-10 performances, climbing to No. 8 all-time in the 60-meter dash (7.39) on Friday, then leaping to No. 4 all-time in the 200 (23.56) on Saturday with her third-place finish at the Tyson Invitational.
At Boston, redshirt freshman Carmela Cardama Baez put her name on FSU’s star-studded all-time list in the 3000 meters, racing to a third-place finish in a personal-best of 9:18.20. That mark ranks No. 7 all-time on a list which included four Olympians.
Sophomore Peta-Gay Williams lowered her all-time 60-meter hurdles best twice in Arkansas, following up her 8.17 in the semifinals with an 8.15 in the finals, where she was sixth. Williams improved her hold on the No. 3 mark in school history.
Sophomore Shaquania Dorsett etched her name on the 400-meter top 10 list for the first time with a personal-best of 54.44 to take over the No. 10 spot. Rounding out the Noles’ string of new top-10 performances was Veronika Kanuchova, who improved her hold on the No. 4 spot all-time with a throw of 17.63 meters (57-10.25) to place eighth at Tyson.
Light Schedule This Weekend
While most of the Seminoles will train through the team’s departure for the ACC Indoor Championships at Notre Dame, Braman will take a quartet of performers to the UCS Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. to compete in the distance medley relay.
The team of Harry Mulenga (1200), Steven Simpkins (400), Humberto Freiere (800) and Michael Hall (1600) will chase an NCAA Indoor Championships qualifying mark against what is expected to be a loaded field. The Seminoles are a virtual lock to improve on their season-best time of 9:57.17 and should land a spot on the program’s top-10 list.