TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Track and Field team honored the 24 seniors on the final day of the 41st FSU Relays at Mike Long Track.
“We have an awesome group of seniors,” said Head Coach Bob Braman. “They have returned all of our programs to greatness. We are winning ACC Championships and chasing NCAA Titles in all six of our sports and this group of seniors is the biggest reason why. The last 12 months have been a challenge. They have stuck with us and led us through the battle. It has been awesome to see them grow and succeed through their time here”
The Seminoles recognized 14 men – Braxton Canady, Ari Cogdell, Steven Cross, Trey Cunningham, Tyler Dau, Fabian Edoki, Darryl Gay, Humberto Friere, Isaac Grimes, Jacore Irving, Kasaun James, Kasey Knevelbaard, Sanjae Lawrence, Jordan Wesner – and nine women – Julia Blankenbaker, Kayla Easterly, Shian Hyde, Jodie Judd, Jayla Kirkland, Shanice Love, Ka’Tia Seymour, Micaela Torres, Blessing Odiong.
“I was really pleased with our effort this weekend,” said Braman. “We had lots of great performances and lots of likely Region marks, but we were really focused across all 19 events. The field events probably enjoyed the most success, but I was pleased with the progress of men’s and women’s sprints and hurdles.”
The FSU throwers but on a spectacular showing once again, leading the way with two event wins, four personal bests and four new additions the the FSU All-Time Top-10 list.
Both the men and the women for discus throw were the first to strike. Milton Ingraham finished second overall with a massive personal best throw 57.90m. This mark moved him to No. 5 on the FSU All-Time list. On the women’s side, Shanice Love was the collegiate winner of the event with her season best mark of 58.13m. Freshman Caisa-Marie Lindfors also shined in the discus moving up to No. 7 on the All-Time list with a PB of 55.21m.
The momentum continued for the throwers as we headed into the women’s javelin throw. Kelechi Nwanaga took third, finishing with a personal-best throw of 52.92m and it’s also the No. 3 mark in FSU history. Teammate Sara Zabarino finished right behind Nwanage in fourth with her final throw of 52.39m. Not only is this a personal-best throw but it also ranks No. 4 on the FSU All-Time list.
Highlighting the track action for the Noles was Trey Cunningham as he dominated the competition in the 110-meter hurdles with a 13.51. Although this was only his second best time in his career, Cunningham’s performance is the fastest time in the world in 2021 thus far. It was a fitting way for one of FSU greats to finish his final home meet at Mike Long Track.
Fellow senior, Ka’Tia Seymour had her final showing in the 100-meter dash, finishing third overall with a time of 11.33.
It was just the start for the Noles sprinters as two FSU men’s 4×400 relay teams were up next. The relay team of Damarre Martin, Alex Collier, DaeQwan Butler, and Ari Cogdell finished third in 3:09.00. Following right behind them in a time of 3:15.70 was the relay team of Cameron Daniel, Jo’Vaughn Martin, Don’drea Swint, and Cameron Leiba.
Closing out the day was Connor Phillips in the men’s 1500-meter run, registering a new 7-second personal-best of 3:49.53.
The Florida State Track and Field team will now travel to Gainesville, Fla. to compete in the Pepsi Florida Relays on April 2-3.
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