TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With performances among the best in the nation on the first full weekend of the outdoor track & field season, a trio of Florida State athletes locked down three of four ACC Outdoor Performer of the Week honors. Discus throwers Gleneve Grange and Emmanuel Onyia were selected as the ACC Women’s and Men’s Field Performers of the Week,
while freshman hurdler Cortney Jones was tabbed as the Women’s Track Performer of the Week after all three logged victories last weekend at the Bulls Invitational on the University of South Florida campus.
Grange left a lasting impression in her first outdoor competition for Florida State, winning the discus Friday in dramatic fashion. With a lifetime-best on her sixth and final attempt, Grange beat teammate and fellow Jamaican Kellion Knibb – the three-time defending ACC champion and 2016 NCAA runner-up – with a throw of 56.16 meters (184-3). That stands as the leading mark in the nation thus far, and No. 2 all-time among Seminoles. Knibb was the runner-up at 55.65m (182-7), which is the No. 2 mark nationally.
Onyia, a fifth-year senior who also hails from Jamaica, parlayed a lifetime-best effort into victory in his first outdoor discus competition of the season. His career-best throw of 56.68 meters (185-11) came on his fifth attempt and was one three marks in excess of 55 meters. It is the No. 4 mark in the nation and No. 1 on both the NCAA East and ACC descending order lists. The mark strengthened his hold on the No. 4 position in program history while leading a 1-2-3 event sweep for the Noles against a field which also included Rutgers, South Florida and Valparaiso, among others. Fellow senior Chad DaCosta was second with his best throw since his freshman year, while Fred Jones finished third in his opend.
Jones got her outdoor career off to a roaring start, racing to victory in the 100-meter hurdles over a field of 29 at the Bulls Invitational on Saturday. A December graduate from Rockdale County High in Conyers, Ga., she won in a personal-best time of 13.36 to lead a 1-2 finish by the Seminoles. Coming off a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the ACC Indoor Championships, Jones notched the third-fastest time in the NCAA this season, which is fastest among all NCAA East and ACC competitors. She instantly etched her name on FSU’s all-time list, checking in at No. 9 in Seminole history.
The Seminoles return to action Friday at the 38th FSU Relays, where they will entertain Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Liberty and Southern Miss. Competition begins with the hammer at 9 a.m. and runs into the early evening.