June 7, 2022 - by

Noles Prepare for NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. – The Florida State track and field will look to bring home some hardware this week at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Action will take place Wednesday through Saturday. The men will compete on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) and Friday (8 p.m.) while the women will take the stage on Thursday (8:30 p.m.) and Saturday (5 p.m.).

How to Watch

The ESPN networks will have coverage all four days of the championships. Wednesday’s and Friday’s track events will be broadcasted live on ESPN2. Thursday’s track action will be live on ESPNU while Saturday’s races on the track will be broadcasted on ESPN. All field events can be seen via live stream on ESPN3.

The Squad

Men

Jeremiah Davis (Long Jump and Triple Jump)

Isaac Grimes (Long Jump)

Jacore Irving (Triple Jump)

Taylor Banks (100m Dash

Jo’Vaughn Martin (100m Dash)

Trey Cunningham (110m Hurdles)

Adriaan Wildschutt (5000m run, 10,000m run)

Ahmed Muhumed (5000m Run)

4x100m relay (Taylor Banks, Amir Willis, Don’dre Swint, Jo’Vaughn Martin

4x400m relay (Alex Collier, Sean Watkins Jr., James Rivera, DaeQwan Butler)

Women

Edidiong Odiong (100m dash, 200m dash)

Amani Heaven (Discus)

Kelechi Nwanaga (Javelin)

Sara Zabarino (Javelin)

4x100m relay (Edidiong Odiong, Savy’on Toombs, Ka’Tia Seymour, Ashley Seymour)

Speed, Speed and more Speed
Florida State track and field has been known for their sprints and this year is no different. The men’s 4x100m relay team put themselves in the conversation as one of the best relay teams in school history at the NCAA East Preliminary. Taylor Banks, Amir Willis, Don’dre Swint and Jo’Vaughn Martin combined to run a 38.51. That time was the fastest to come out of the regionals and put them No. 2 on FSU’s all-time list. The Noles have the second-fastest time in the country behind Florida, but the Noles beat the Gators by 0.3 seconds in their head-to-head battle at the NCAA East Preliminary.

Making History One Hurdle at a Time
Trey Cunningham continued his remarkable 2022 campaign at the NCAA East Preliminary. Cunningham clocked a 13.07 (-1.5) which is third fastest-time in world history into that strong of a headwind. Only five athletes in world history have ran faster into a headwind. Cunningham joined Daniel Roberts and Grant Holloway as the only athletes to run sub 13.15 four or more times. Cunningham is the No. 4 performer all-time in NCAA history and the No. 35 performer in world history.

Cunningham’s last six races
13.07 (-1.5) 5/27/22
13.21 (2.0) 5/25/22
13.13 (0.9) 5/13/22
13.16 (0.9) 5/14/22
13.10 (1.7) 4/30/22
13.15 (1.0) 4/30/22

Rewriting the Record Book
Six Noles have broken school records during the outdoor season. Edidiong Odiong (100m Dash), Lauren Ryan (5000m run), Sara Zabarino (Javelin), Trey Cunningham (110m Hurdles), Ahmed Muhumed (5000m run) and Adriaan Wildschutt (10,000m run) each hold the school record in their respective events.

The Dynamic Duo
Adriaan Wildschutt and Ahmed Muhumed have secured their status as the greatest distance duo in school history. In the indoor season, they became the first distance duo to earn All-America status. Now in the outdoor season, they became the first duo in school history to each qualify for the 5000m run finals.

Wildschutt (13:26.11) and Muhumed (13:28.03) have the No. 1 and No. 2 times in school history in the 5000m run. Wildschutt also holds the school record in the 10,000m run (27:38.54) while Muhumed (28:48.69) sits at No. 6 in the event.

Quick Sprints

  • The Noles have 18 total entries (12 men, 6 women) for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
  • The men’s 12 entires are tied for the second-most in the country behind Texas.
  • 10 out of the 12 men’s entries have previous NCAA Outdoor Championship experience.
  • The men were ranked third in this past week’s USTFCCCA ranking index. This is the Noles highest ranking since May 7, 2013, and the first time they have been inside the top five since 2014.
  • The men are looking for their first national title since 2008 and their first outdoor national champion since on the men’s side since 2011 and their first individual national champion on the women’s side since 2015.
  • Head Coach Bob Braman is in his 19th year as the head coach of the Florida State track and field team.
  • Braman leads all active ACC coaches and is No. 2 all-time with 33 combined ACC Championships to go along with his two outdoor national titles in 2006 and 2008.
  • Braman brought in three new assistant coaches in Alex Midgett (Distance), Doug Reynolds (Throws) and Leevan Sands (Jumps).
  • The Noles men took home the 2022 ACC Outdoor Championship. The men scored 149 points, the most since league expansion, and won by 56 points, the most since league expansion and the second-largest margin of victory in ACC history.
  • The Noles had nine individual ACC Champions along with the women’s 4x100m relay team taking home the title.
    Edidiong Odiong (100m dash, 200m dash), Lauren Ryan (10,000m run), Ruby Stauber (800m dash), Trey Cunningham (110m hurdles), Jo’Vaughn Martin (100m Dash), DaeQwan Butler (400m dash), James Rivera (400m hurdles), Ahmed Muhumed (10,000m run) and Isaac Grimes (Long jump) each took home individual titles.
  • Eight out of the nine athletes who won ACC titles were first time winners. Cunningham was the only repeat champion.
  • Edidiong Odiong (Track) and Jeremiah Davis (Field) each took home the ACC Championship MVP.
  • Adriaan Wildschutt and Ahmed Muhumed are the first duo in school history to qualify for the 5000m run.
  • Adriaan Wildschutt (10,000m Run) and Trey Cunningham(110m Hurdles) lead the NCAA in their respective events.
  • Odiong broke the ACC and school record in the 100m dash with a time of 11.05 at the ACC Championships.
  • Cunningham currently has the fastest time in the NCAA and in the world in the 110m hurdles (13.07).
  • His 13.07 into a 1.5m/s headwind, is the third fastest time in world history into that strong of the headwind. Only five athletes have ran faster into a headwind in world history.
  • Cunningham is currently No. 4 on the all-time NCAA performance list and No. 35 on the world all-time list.
  • No athlete has ever posted a faster time in the 110m hurdles in the NCAA in the month of April than Cunningham (13.10). Cunningham is also one of three athletes in NCAA history to run sub 13.20 four or more times in a single season.
  • Cunningham’s season-opening time of 13.22 is tied for the third-fastest time in a season opener in NCAA history.
  • Cunningham became the first Nole to win an indoor national championship since Dentarious Locke and James Harris in 2014. Cunningham took home the 60m hurdles title this past March in Birmingham, Ala. with a staggering time of 7.38.
  • Cunningham remained on The Bowerman Watch List on May 19. Cunningham is the first Nole to appear on The Bowerman Watch List in three straight seasons (2020-22). Cunningham has been on the Bowerman Watch List all season.

 

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Meet Schedule

Wednesday 

4x100m relay Prelims (7:32 p.m.) – Taylor Banks, Amir Willis, Don’dre Swint, Jo’Vaughn Martin

110m Hurdles Prelims (8:32 p.m.) – Trey Cunningham

100m Dash Prelims (8:46 p.m.) – Taylor Banks, Jo’Vaughn Martin

Long Jump Final (9 p.m.) – Jeremiah Davis, Isaac Grimes

10,000m run Final (10:08 p.m.) – Adriaan Wildschutt)

4x400m Relay Prelims (10:48 p.m.) – Alex Collier, Sean Watkins Jr. James Rivera, DaeQwan Butler

Thursday

4x100m Relay Prelims (8:32 p.m) – Edidiong Odiong, Savy’on Toombs, Ka’Tia Seymour, Ashley Seymour

Javelin Final (9:45 p.m.) – Kelechi Nwanaga, Sara Zabarino

100m Dash Prelims (9:46 p.m.) – Edidiong Odiong

200m Dash Prelims (10:44 p.m.) – Edidiong Odiong

Friday

4x100m relay Final (9:02 p.m.) – Taylor Banks, Amir Willis, Don’dre Swint, Jo’Vaughn Martin

Triple Jump Final (9:20 p.m.) – Jeremiah Davis, Jacore Irving

110m Hurdles Final (9:42 p.m.) – Trey Cunningham

100m Dash Final (9:52 p.m.) – Taylor Banks, Jo’Vaughn Martin

5000m run Final (10:55 p.m.) – Ahmed Muhumed, Adriaan Wildschutt

4x400m Relay Final (11:21 p.m.) – Alex Collier, Sean Watkins Jr. James Rivera, DaeQwan Butler

Saturday

Discus Final (5:05 p.m.) – Amani Heaven

4x100m Relay Final (5:32 p.m.) – Edidiong Odiong, Savy’on Toombs, Ka’Tia Seymour, Ashley Seymour

100m Dash Final (6:22 p.m.) – Edidiong Odiong

200m Dash Final (7:07 p.m.) – Edidiong Odiong

 

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