CLEMSON, S.C. – Trey Cunningham led a 1-2-3 sweep by the Noles in the 60-meter hurdles with a world leading time as the Florida State track & field teams combined for four victories Friday as competition began at the Bob Pollock Invitational.
Cunningham’s won in 7.57 seconds and was followed across the line by teammates Caleb Parker (7.68) and Braxton Canady (7.73). Canady’s time is a personal-best at sea level and moved him to No. 6 on Florida State’s all-time list. It is currently good for a share of No. 6 nationally and historically fast enough to join his teammates at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The Seminole women also recorded a pair of individual victories. Ka’Tia Seymour mowed down the field in the 60-meter finals with a winning time of 7.25, which currently ranks seventh nationally.
Maudie Skyring pulled away from the mile field over the final 400 meters, winning in 4:39.29. Not only was it a personal best, but currently stands third-fastest nationally and 10th in FSU history.
It was an all-around strong showing by the top-ranked Florida State men and 11th-ranked women, with another day of competition to go.
“Ka’Tia and Braxton were big highlights today,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “Both of them should make nationals with those times. That’s really exciting considering it’s Ka’Tia’s opener and Braxton’s second meet. It’s rare to run that fast so early.
The men’s distance medley relay team provided the final win of the day as Bert Freire, Cameron Daniels, Tyler Dau and Kasey Knevelbaard won in 9:40.80; the fourth-fastest effort ever produced by an FSU quartet.
“We were aiming for 9:45 and crushed it,” said Braman, who coaches the men’s distance group. “Bert did a fantastic job of setting us up and Kasey was spectacular coming home. Sub-four [minutes], even on a relay, is special.”
Freire ran 2:59.5 on the leadoff 1200-meter leg and Knevelbaard anchored the 1600 in 3:58.4. Daniels contributed a 47.71 400 split and Dau ran 1:55.1 for the 800 in between.
Collectively, the Noles stockpiled 14 personal-bests on a day when they also received runner-up finishes from freshman sprinter Taylor Banks in the 60-meter dash (6.66 PB) and the aforementioned Parker. Freshman long jumper Jeremiah Davis eclipsed his previous personal best four times, capped off by a 7.64-meter (25-0.25) effort. His previous best was 7.37 meters.
Davis edged teammate Darius Clark, who also recorded a mark of 7.64 meters in his debut, to finish third.
“Our long jumpers were really on their game today,” Braman said. “We added two more 25-footers to our jumps posse. Jeremiah is jumping fantastic for a freshman and that’s a strong opener for Darius.”
Redshirt freshman Amani Heaven climbed onto the all-time top 10 in the shot put with a new personal best of 15.17 meters (49-9.25) in her second meet. She now shares 10th place on the list.
“I’m pleased with Amani’s throws; multiple PBs and a great consistency,” Braman added.
Junior transfer Jazmyn Dennis matched her personal best in the pole vault, clearing 3.97 meters (13-0.25) to become just the fifth Seminole to clear 13-feet indoors. She is tied for No. 4 on the all-time list.
In addition to Skyring, FSU milers Megan Mooney (4:50.47), Addi Coggins (4:52.10), Ellie Wallace (4:54.72), Elizabeth Funderburk (4:56.67), Rebecca Clark (4:57.92) and Kate Bernicke (5:05.62) joined the PB parade. So did Deja Bush (7.71, 60m) and James Rivera (49.55, 400) in their second career indoor competitions.
Saturday’s action begins at 11:30 a.m. as Nadia Maffo (weight throw), Kayla Maczuga (high jump) are joined by Isaac Grimes and Robinson (triple jump) in the opening events.
The first action on the track begins at 12:20 a.m. with the women’s 800 where Yasmine Abbes and Ginelle DeMone are set to compete.
You can follow the action via Twitter @FSU_Track and check back at Seminoles.com for a complete recap.