TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 13/26 Florida State track and field teams will continue their indoor season this Friday and Saturday at the Texas Tech Open in Lubbock, Texas, and the Bob Pollock Meet in Clemson, S.C. The Noles will send primarily sprinters and jumpers to Lubbock while the distance runners and the throwers will head to Clemson. The Texas Tech Open will be streamed live on ESPN+ while the Bob Pollock Meet can be seen on ACCNX.
The Best of the Best
Trey Cunningham, Don’drea Swint and Edidiong Odiong all had phenomenal weekends at the Clemson Invite on Jan. 14-15. Cunningham holds the world lead in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.56. Swint ran the third-fastest time in the NCAA and the third-fastest time in FSU history in the 60m dash with a time of 6.53. Odiong sits fifth in the nation in the 200m das with a time of 23.34.
Consistency is Key
The men came in at No. 13 in the first USTFCCCA rankings of the season. This marked the 26th-straight week the Noles have been ranked inside the top 15. The last time the Noles were outside the top 15 was Mar. 10, 2018.
It’s A Weekly Thing
The Noles have already earned three ACC Performer of the Week honors through just two meets this season. Don’drea Swint and Edidiong Odiong earned the honors on Jan. 18 while Alonie Sutton was honored on Dec. 7.
Ryan Breaks School Record in Boston
Lauren Ryan wasted no time sketching her name into the Florida State track and field record books, as Ryan broke the school record in the 5000m run on Dec. 4 at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener in Boston, Mass.
In just her second indoor meet as a Seminole, the Brighton, Australia, native broke Militsa Mircheva’s record of 15:43.30, which she set in 2019. Ryan posted a time of 15:40.40 to finish ninth in the field. Ryan is now the fourth current Seminole to crack the top 10 list in the 5000m run, joining Rebecca Clark (No. 5), Elizabeth Funderburk (No. 7) and Alyson Churchill (No. 9).
Cunningham Named to Bowerman Preseason Watch List; Grimes Receiving Votes
Florida State hurdler Trey Cunningham has been named to The Bowerman Preseason Watch List while jumper Isaac Grimes is receiving votes for the watch list. Cunningham is making his eighth appearance on The Bowerman Watch List, the most among active athletes. This is the first time Grimes has made an appearance or received votes on the list.
Both athletes will look to become the Noles’ first Bowerman semifinalist since Maurice Mitchell in 2012. Ngoni Makusha is the is the lone Nole to win the award in 2011. Cunningham is just the seventh Nole to appear on The Bowerman watch list as he joins Mitchell, Makusha, Andre Ewers (2019), James Harris (2014), Charles Clark (2011) and Kimberly Williams (2010-11).
Last Time Out
The Florida State track and field team wrapped up the Clemson Invite on Jan. 29. The team picked up four first-place finishes and 11 personal bests on the weekend, kicking off their spring season on a high note.
The Seminoles dominated in the sprints this weekend with first-place finishes from Don’drea Swint, Trey Cunningham and Edidiong Odiong.
Jacore Irving started the day for the Seminoles with a second-place finish in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 15.67 meters, just 0.2 meters behind the first-place finisher.
Ruby Stauber earned third place in the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.68. Stauber is a graduate student transfer from Vanderbilt and today was her first competition in the Garnet and Gold.
The women’s team went first and fourth in the 200m dash. Odiong placed first with a time of 23.34, followed by Ka’Tia Seymour in fourth with a time of 23.69. Odiong’s personal best time places her fourth in Florida State history and is the second-fastest time in the country this season.
FSU’s Sam Field ran a time of 8:25.50 in the men’s 3,000m to place third. In the women’s 3,000-meter Riley Bahr ran a personal best time of 10:07.73.
The day ended with the 4x400m relays. The women’s team (Klein, Odiong, Toombs, K. Seymour) finished fifth with a time of 3:43.22. The men’s team (Willis, Watkins Jr., Collier, Butler) finished fourth with a time of 3:13.69. The Noles were tripped up on the final turn of the first leg losing precious seconds. On the final leg, Clemson and Kennesaw State’s teams did not finish leaving DaeQwan Butler running by himself for nearly the entire last leg.
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