Florida State’s men’s and women’s indoor track teams opened the 2023 ACC Indoor Track Championships with several strong performances in Louisville, Ky. Thursday night.
With most of the meet’s scoring coming during finals on Saturday, the Seminoles are in good position with impressive performances in several preliminary events and three finals.
Amir Willis was clocked with a lifetime best of 20.75 in the 200m prelims which was the second fastest time in the field. The junior’s performance is the eighth fastest time in FSU history with the finals coming on Saturday.
Freshman phenom Dajaz DeFrand continued her remarkable rookie season posting the field’s best time in the women’s 200m prelims at 23.22 and is one of the favorites to win the event.
Junior Ella Madson scored a personal best 3,568 points in the women’s pentathlon finishing 10th in the ACC Championship field.
Caitlin Wilkey’s time of 16:58.12 in the women’s 5,000m was good for 22nd place for the FSU junior. Also finishing 22nd was freshman Riley Simmons in the women’s weight throw with a best attempt of 15.98m.
FSU’s 5,000m men were led by Zack Leachman with a time of 14:24.15. Freshman Coleman Cronk clocked in at 14:35.55 just ahead of Zachary Cloud who finished in 14:39.34.
Closing out the first day for FSU was the women’s distance medley relay team that finished eighth with a time of 11:20.15.
Jeremiah Davis, whose distance of 8.28m in the men’s long jump earlier this season is best in the ACC field, will compete for the ACC Championship Friday beginning at 5:45 EST.
Friday’s women’s long jump final will include Seminoles Victoria Josse and Ella Madson.
Prelims in the mile, 60m hurdles, 400m dash, 60m dash and 800m for both men and women will be held on Friday as well.