TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Record-setting weekend performances by Armani Wallace and Trey Cunningham have earned the Florida State track & field standouts ACC Performer of the Week honors.
Wallace, a senior from Orlando, claimed his second ACC Indoor Field Performer of the Week honor of the season and third of his career on the strength of his conference and school-record setting triple jump victory at the Texas Tech Classic, with a winning mark of 16.72 meters (54-10.25).
Cunningham matched the ACC and Florida State school records in his breakthrough 60-meter hurdles victory on Friday at the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge to earn ACC Indoor Track Performer of the Week honors. The sophomore from Winfield, Ala. smashed his previous personal-best in the final at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Facility in New York City with a winning time of 7.53.
“Armani and Trey had historically successful performances,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “To set school records in those events at our school is simply phenomenal. NCAA champions held those records, so that tells you how great those two were last weekend.”
Wallace eclipsed his previous personal-best on his first four attempts, highlighted by his winning mark which bettered the ACC Indoor record of 16.63 meters (54-6.75) set by Virginia’s Marcus Robinson in 2012. It was the second of two marks in the series which eclipsed the previous FSU record of 16.61m (54-5.50) held by Rafeeq Curry since 2006. He also eclipsed Curry’s FSU outdoor record (16.70m/54-9.50).
Curry, a member of the 2008 USA Olympic team, was an eight-time triple jump All-American, won the 2006 NCAA Outdoor title and six ACC titles in the event.
In his first competition of the season with a full approach, Wallace posted four of the six longest marks of the week by a collegian. He also beat three of the top six ranked triple jumpers in the NCAA this season, including 2018 NCAA outdoor champion Tahar Triki of Texas A&M. In the process Wallace also broke the 23-year-old Texas Tech facility record.
Wallace is currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 4 in the World.
Cunningham earned his second career ACC weekly honor, but first in 2019. The 2018 ACC 60-meter hurdles champion and Freshman of the Year locked up the top seed in the final when with his 7.71 run in the prelims; just .01 seconds off his previous personal best. His time in the final equaled the ACC and FSU records held by Drew Brunson since 2008 when he won the NCAA Indoor title in 7.53.
His winning time also established meet and collegiate facility records at The Armory.
Cunningham’s time ranks No. 9 all-time collegiately and vaulted him from fourth to the top spot on the Seminoles’ all-time list, past Philip Riley and two-time Olympian Arthur Blake.
He is currently ranked No. 2 in the World and on the NCAA national descending order list behind two-time NCAA champion Grant Holloway (7.49) or Florida. Cunningham’s performance came on the same track where, as a high school senior in 2017, he set the World U20 60-meter hurdles record to win the New Balance Indoor Nationals title, breaking the previous World mark held by Holloway.
The performances by Wallace and Cunningham were instrumental in lifting the FSU men to No. 2 nationally in this week’s NCAA Track & Field Ratings Index, past defending NCAA champion Florida and right behind No. 1 Texas Tech. It is the highest ranking for the Noles men since they were No. 1 back during the 2010 indoor season.
FSU’s men and seventh-ranked women are idle this weekend and will return to action Feb. 8-9, splitting up between the Tiger Paw Invitational (Clemson, S.C.), Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.) and David Hemery Valentine Invitational (Boston, Mass.).