TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State sophomore sprinter Ka’Tia Seymour has been selected as the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week following her strong performances at the Pepsi Florida Relays.
Seymour earned the Seminoles’ fifth Performer of the Week honor of the outdoor season on the strength of her performances in the 100-meter dash and on the anchor of FSU’s 4×100 relay.
The ACC 100-meter dash record-holder posted an all-conditions, lifetime-best of 11.08 (w +2.3) in a runner-up finish to NCAA leader Kayla White of North Carolina A&T (11.04) on Friday. The Palatka, Fla. native currently ranks No. 2 in the nation. She came back on Saturday to anchor the Noles women to a seventh-place overall finish in the 4×100 relay; fourth among collegiate teams. Teaming with Karimah Davis, Shauna Helps and Cortney Jones, Seymour carried the baton across the finish line in 43.84. That mark ranks No. 9 nationally and is the eighth-fastest time in FSU history.
Seymour shared Track Performer of the Week honors with Syracuse’s Paige Stoner, who posted the nation’s No. 2 10,000-meter time at the Stanford Invitational.
Men Climb Four Spots To No. 7; Women Still At No. 6
The first regular season US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Ratings Index saw the Seminole men climb four spots to No. 7 from their preseason national ranking, while the women held firm at No. 6.
The No. 7 ranking for the men is their highest since reaching that same position in the second regular season poll of the 2015 season. It is the first team the women have appeared in the top 10 during the regular season since 2014.
School, Collegiate Records Established
A busy weekend, which saw the Seminole men and women split up and compete at three different meets, produced a pair of record-setting performances.
Sophomore Lauri Paredes won the Pepsi Florida Relays javelin title with the top collegiate mark of her career in a season-opening performance. The 2018 NCAA bronze medalist produced a winning throw of 55.38 meters (181-8.50), which currently ranks No. 5 nationally. It is the second-best throw by the Paraguay native, trailing only toss of 55.59 meters (182-4), which came last September at the South American U23 Championships.
Senior Militsa Mircheva smashed FSU Hall of Famer Vicky Gill’s 15-year-old 10,000-meter record at the Stanford Invitational Friday night, finishing off the 25-lap race in 32:30.07. Mircheva finished 15th overall in the invitational section, but was sixth among collegians in the field. The Bulgaria native, who ranks No. 6 on the national descending order list, was more than a minute faster than her previous best (33:33.70), which came at the 2018 Stanford Invitational.
Freshman Elizabeth Funderburk’s FSU track debut in the second section of the women’s 10,000 produced the No. 6 time in program history. The Moultrie, Ga. native finished fourth in 33:31.05 and owns the fasted 10k time nationally of any freshman and ranks No. 21 overall. She is the only underclassman on FSU’s top-10 list in the event.
Two others posted new FSU top-10 event marks over the weekend. Brandon Tirado won the hammer throw at the Florida Relays with a personal-best mark of 62.96 meters (206-7), which is No. 3 all-time. Junior transfer Nadia Maffo moved to No. 3 on the all-time hammer list with her Pepsi Florida Relays mark of 61.66 meters (202-3).
Distance Women Headed To UNF Invitational
A group of 15 women’s distance runners will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday to compete in the day-long University of North Florida Invitational. They will be looking to continue the trend set coach Kelly Phillips’ group over the weekend.
Of the 14 Noles distance women competing between 800 and 10,000 meters at three different meets, 12 established new personal-bests times.
The rest of the Noles will train through to next week’s Crimson Tide Invitational.