February 11, 2022 - by

Ryan and Cunningham Clock Record-Breaking Performances on Day One

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Trey Cunningham and Lauren Ryan each recorded record-breaking performances on Friday to lead the Florida State track and field team on the first day of the Tyson Invitational and the David Hemery Valentine Invite in Fayetteville, Ark., and Boston, Mass.

“We had some incredible highlights today. What Trey and Lauren did today is a once in a lifetime chance,” Head Coach Bob Braman said. “It was great to have Jovaughn and Isaac back. DaeQwan [Butler] and Ka’Tia [Seymour] each had really good days for us, and they will be an important piece at ACC Championships in two weeks.”

Cunningham continues to have a record-breaking season in the 60m hurdles. Cunningham won the event with a 7.42 time which broke his own school record and the ACC record. He climbed to No. 3 on the collegiate all-time charts and is second in the world.

Ryan was the star of the day for the Noles at the David Hemery Valentine Invite in Boston. Ryan obliterated the school record in the 3000m run by nine seconds with a time of 8:47.88 and ran the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history. Ryan’s time leads the NCAA and is the fastest time ever recorded in the ACC. Ryan also met the Australian threshold to qualify for the World Indoor Championships.

Alyson Churchill also had a solid race in Boston, as she clocked in a personal best time of 9:08.09.

Jovaughn Martin had a successful first meet back from injury in the 60m dash. Martin finished second with a time of 6.68.

In the 3000m run at the Tyson Invitational, Caitlin Wilkey finished second with a time of 9:48.63 in her debut in the event. On the men’s side, Sam Field led the way with a personal best time of 8:10.88 to finish eighth.

The men’s 400m dash saw three Noles clock in personal bests. DaeQwan Butler continued his strong season clocking the fastest time in the ACC this season at 46.80. James Rivera (48.05), Sean Watkins Jr. (48.23) and Riley Ott (48.36) each clocked personal bests in the event.

Megan Cook continued to climb the FSU top 10 list in the weight throw. Cook tossed a throw of 17.10 to put her eighth all-time in school history.

The Noles will be back in action tomorrow with the Tyson Invitational beginning at 1 p.m. while the David Hemery Valentine Invite will begin at 8:35 p.m. with Ahmed Muhumed and Adriaan Wildschutt running the 5000m. The Tyson Invitational will be streamed on SECN+ while the David Hemery Valentine Invite will be streamed on FloTrack.

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