CLEMSON, S.C. – The chase for NCAA and ACC Championship qualifying marks continues this weekend for the nationally-ranked Florida State indoor track & field teams, which return to action Friday and Saturday at Clemson’s Bob Pollock Invitational.
“It’s a progression,” FSU coach Bob Braman said as he team competes for the third time this season. “You’re trying to move the needle forward and in indoor track you’re just trying to make sure the needle doesn’t get broken. You’re trying to move it forward toward where you’re trying to get to. You turn up the volume each week.”
For the 11th-ranked women, junior Ka’Tia Seymour will race in Friday’s 60-meter dash; her first appearance in that event since placing third at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships. She will be joined by classmate Jayla Kirkland, who currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA following her ACC-leading time of 7.15 set at Clemson two weeks ago.
Junior transfer Edidiong Odiong will make her FSU debut in the 60-meter dash as well.
Junior Maudie Skyring is the leader among seven Noles competing in Friday’s mile run.
“We think Maudie Skyring is a national piece, so we’ll try and see how close she is to a national mile mark,” Braman said.
For the top-ranked Seminole men, the hurdles quartet of Trey Cunningham, Caleb Parker, Tyricke Highman and Braxton Canady will try and improve on their largely impressive season-opening performances at Clemson on Jan. 11. Cunningham and Parker currently rank 1-2 nationally while Highman is tied for 11th. Canady has his sights set on a time that will put him in contention for one of 16 NCAA Championship-qualifying berths.
The same holds true for freshman Taylor Banks, who won the 60-meter dash at Clemson on Jan. 11, but ranks 12th nationally.
Sophomore DaeQwan Butler, the ACC runner-up in the 400 last year, will compete in his specialty event for the first time this season, as will Karimah Davis in the 200.
“We’ve got some sprints and men’s hurdles things to get done,” Braman said. “Those are the nationally relevant things.”
Shot putters Milton Ingraham and Sanjae Lawrence are looking to build on their season-opening performances at the Vanderbilt Invitational last week, as is Amani Heaven. Darius Clark, the 2018 NJCAA long jump national champion will make his season debut alongside freshman Jeremiah Davis. Davis will be looking to improve on his ACC qualifying mark from two weeks ago.
Braman’s distance medley relay team of Bert Freire, Cameron Daniel, Tyler Dau and Kasey Knevelbaard will try and assure their place in the fast section at the ACC Championships as they knock off the rust in their first action of the season.
Friday’s field event action begins at 12 p.m. with Noles’ first race on the track set for 3:10.
You can follow the Noles via Twitter @FSU_Track throughout the two-day event and check back for nightly recaps at Seminoles.com. Live results are available at https://results.adkinstrak.com/meets/5001.