May 2, 2017 - by
Knibb, Williams Are ACC’s Top Field Performers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A pair of Florida State track & field graduate students – Kellion Knibb and Ed’Ricus Williams – have swept ACC Field Performer of the Week honors on the heels of nationally-acclaimed performances last week. For a league-leading third time this season, Knibb walked off with top honors among ACC women. Knibb continued her torrid final season, claiming her third career Penn Relays discus title Friday.

Shattering her own meet and Franklin Field record with a sixth-attempt mark of 62.07 meters (203-8), she broke her own Jamaican national, Atlantic Coast Conference and Florida State records for the second consecutive week.

Selected the Women’s Most Outstanding Performer for a second consecutive year, Knibb is just the third woman to win three Penn Relays discus titles [2014, 2016, 2017]. The 2016 NCAA runner-up is currently ranked No. 13 in the World and leads her next closest collegiate competitor by nearly two meters. Knibb’s Penn Relays victory was her fourth this season and she has been the top collegian in five consecutive meets.

“Kellion has been the dominant athlete in the ACC this entire season,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “She’s been as good as you can possibly be and it’s great for the ACC to recognize her excellence with this honor again.”

Williams, a graduate transfer from Bethune Cookman is enrolled in FSU’s international affairs program, has found his high jump groove.

Competing at Friday’s Tom Jones Memorial at the University of Florida, Williams came through with a lifetime-best clearance of 2.22 meters (7-3.25) for the victory. Turning back a field of nine competitors, the Warrenton, Ga. native moved to No. 5 in the nation.

It was sweet revenge for the one-time All-American at Bethune-Cookman University, who won the Florida Relays high jump title in 2016 on the same track, but failed to clear the opening height in his return this year with the Seminoles. This time he was perfect over the first three bars, and having already locked up the individual honors, made good on his second attempt at 2.22m before retiring from competition.

Williams, who has led the ACC since the start of the season, moved to No. 5 on FSU’s all-time list.

“I’m really excited for Ed’Ricus,” Braman said. “He and Coach [Dennis] Nobles have totally reworked his high jump approach and it’s now paying dividends in a big way.

“And he has done all this while working hard in 12 hours of grad school. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Florida State returns to action Friday in the home finale, the Seminole Twilight, with the hammer competition kicking off the action at 12 noon and the balance of field events revving up at 3 p.m. The first track event is set for 6 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the Seminoles will recognize 26 graduating student-athletes.

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