CLEMSON, S.C. – For the second time in three weeks the Seminoles will spike up at the speedy, new Clemson Indoor Track Facility for the two-day Bob Pollock Invitational, Jan. 27-28. At the same venue where they put up 38 personal-bests, six wins and six top-10 marks, the Noles will face formidable fields.
Seventh-ranked Alabama and No. 19 South Carolina lead a group of men’s teams, while No. 15 NC State, No. 22 Alabama and No. 24 South Carolina pace the women. Among other teams competing are ACC rivals North Carolina, Georgia Tech and host Clemson.
“This has been a perfect progression for us. We went from a low-key meet, to small meet with quality opponents to a mid-sized meet,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “Now we’re meeting up with ACC opponents beyond Clemson and an SEC power in Alabama.
“This is a real midseason test on a really good facility with a chance to get even more season-best marks.”
Multi-events highlight opening day of competition
The FSU trio of pentathlete Melissa-Maree Farrington and heptathletes Dante Newberg and Hunter Napier will compete in their first multi-event competition of the season, beginning Friday at 10 a.m. Newberg, a sophomore, is posed to build on his freshman season PB (4,810 points), which came during his 12th-place finish at the 2016 ACC Indoor Championships. Napier, a redshirt freshman, will make his multi-event debut. Defending ACC champ Robert Rohner (5,477) of Duke, and teammate Chaz Hawkins (5,020), who was ninth last year, lead the field. Farrington, the ACC Outdoor heptathlon champion last year and the Indoor pentathlon runner-up, owns the top score (4,082) in the field and is chasing the FSU record (4,105).
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· Friday’s mile fields are loaded. Junior Bridget Blake (No. 10 all-time at FSU, 4:39.93) and redshirt freshman Carmela Cardama Baez pace the women, while Harry Mulenga (No. 7, 4:04.79) and Michael Hall lead the FSU men;
· Peta-Gay Williams is one of three sub 8.30 60-meter hurdlers in Friday’s field, which will also mark the FSU debut of freshman Cortney Jones;
· ACC 60-meter dash leader Darryl Haraway (6.65) and No. 2 Cravont Charletson (6.68) of NC State are among four sub-6.70 entrants.
Looking back at the Larry Wieczorek highlights
Last weekend at the University of Iowa Recreation Center, the Seminole men and women built on their Clemson Invitational opener with nine event wins, 22 personal-bests and eight new entries on the all-time top 10 lists. Among the highlights:
· Darryl Haraway earned ACC Track Performer of the Week honors with a 60-meter dash PB (6.65) which leads the ACC and ranks eighth nationally;
· Austin Droogsma moved into the No. 5 spot on FSU’s all-time shot put list with a PB (18.22m/59-9.5);
· Brandon Tirado vaulted to a share of No. 4 all-time among Noles in the weight throw with his 18.75m (61-6.25); one of five PB throws on the day;
· Armani Wallace (15.58m/51-1.5) used his triple jump PB to take over the No. 10 spot at FSU;
· Peta-Gay Williams (8.24) supplanted teammate Nicole Setteringon (8.28) at No. 5 in the 60-meter hurdles with a PB and a facility record in the finals;
· Gleneve Grange (16.11m/52-10.25) climbed to No. 3 on the all-time shot put list with her victory;
· Shauna Helps was the first collegian in the 60-meter dash final (7.42), moving up one spot to No. 9 all-time among Noles;
· Veronika Kanuchova made her FSU debut memorable with the No. 4 weight throw (17.35m/56-11.25) in program history;
· Eleonora Omoregie’s victorous Seminole debut in the high jump produced the best mark by an FSU athlete in 27 years; No. 3 all-time (1.80m/5-10.75).
The Noles will spend the next two weeks in training, returning to action Feb. 10-11, with the sprinters, jumpers and throwers heading to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., while the men’s and women’s distance groups will head to Boston University for the David Hemery Invitational.
Stay abreast of the action
You can monitor the Seminoles’ progress over the next two days in a variety of ways. Regular updates throughout the meet will be shared via Twitter @FSU_Track. Live results are available through Adkins Trak at http://www.adkinstrak.com/meets/2017/Clemson_Bob_Pollack_Invite/. Nightly recaps will be posted at Seminoles.com.