February 28, 2017 - by
Six Headed To NCAA Indoors; Looking Back At ACC Meet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Six Florida State track & field athletes – three men and three women – have qualified outright for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 10-11 at Texas A&M in College Station.

Only the top 16 athletes in each individual event and the top 12 relay teams, based on TFRRS national descending order list, qualify for the championships. The NCAA released its list of accepted entries Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Darryl Haraway and Eleonora Omoregie, seeded No. 3 in the 60-meter dash and the high jump, respectively, lead the Seminole qualifiers. They are joined by Austin Droogsma (No. 14, shot put), Jogaile Petrokate (No. 13, long jump), Melissa-Maree Farrington (No. 14, pentathlon), and Montel Nevers (No. 16, triple jump).

Haraway is coming off an ACC Indoor Championships Men’s Track Co-MVP performance, after sweeping the 60- and 200-meter dash titles. Omoregie and Petrokaite won ACC titles for the women in the high jump and long jump, respectively.

Petrokaite is the lone Seminole making a return trip to the NCAA meet, after placing 11th last season in her indoor championship debuts.

Barring a late medical scratch, sophomore Peta-Gay Williams (60-meter hurdles) will be the first athlete out of the field as she moved to No. 17 on the list following scratches. Junior Gleneve Grange (shot put) ranks No. 20 nationally.

Six Headed To NCAA Indoors; Looking Back At ACC Meet

Productivity Provided By Underclassmen

It’s virtually impossible to assess Florida State’s ACC Indoor Championships performance and not come away thinking the future is pretty bright on both the women’s and men’s sides, following a pair of third-place team finishes.

Of the 74 points scored by the Seminole women in their third-place finish, 45.5 points (61 percent) were compiled by members of the freshman (25.25 points) and sophomore (20.25) classes. The Seminole received 18.5 points from a quartet of women and 10 more from the senior/post graduate group.

There was a little more balance on the men’s side, as the Noles scored 86 points, but 40 of those came from the sophomore class, 9.5 from freshmen and 15.25 from juniors. The seniors did their part, contributing 21.25 points to the cause.

“It’s rare that your freshmen and sophomores score and do the kind of things that our freshmen and sophomores are doing, particularly on the women’s side,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Our sophomore class had a really strong day on the men’s side.”

All of that bodes well for the future, not to mention more immediately, when the focus turns to the outdoor season where the Noles are significantly stronger than they are indoors.

“We’re only going to get better,” Braman said. “We’ve had great signing classes, but they came in and handled their business. We’re not waiting for them to come figure out how to be good at this meet.

“They’ve come right in and most of the time, they’re disappointed, walking away [saying], ‘I’m better than that. I should have beaten that girl.’ I’m really happy with that. We’re not only going to be a great outdoor team on the NCAA and ACC level, it’s going to keep going. Our biggest players are young. We’re pretty excited about that.”

Six Headed To NCAA Indoors; Looking Back At ACC Meet

A Closer Look At ACC Indoor Performances

FSU’s men and women came away from the three-day ACC Indoor Championships with strong, third-place finishes at Notre Dame’s Loftus Sports Center, but a closer look at the performances reveals quite a bit.

The Seminole men were 31 points and three places better than last season in the final team standings, finishing with 86 points, which trailed only Virginia Tech (109) and Virginia (98) in the 15-team conference meet. Collectively, the 26 men who competed at the meet combined to:

·         Establish 16 personal-best individual performances, which means they ran faster, jumped further or threw farther than ever before;

·         Six others established season-best marks on the championship stage on the Meyo Track;

·         The registered nine new or improved marks on FSU’s all-time, indoor top-10 list, including: Darryl Haraway (200, #10 21.07); Humberto Freire (800, #8 1:50.70); Michael Hall (Mile, #3, 4:03.00); Harry Mulenga (Mile, #7 4:04.36); Dane Newberg (Heptathlon, #3 5,186 pts.); Montel Nevers (Triple Jump, #7 15.88m/52-1.25); Austin Droogsma (Shot Put, #3 19.14m/62-9.5) and Brandon Tirado (Weight Throw, #4 19.24m/63-1.5);

·         Set one new school record as Harry Mulenga, Steven Simpkins, Humberto Freire and Michael Hall broke the 10-yearold distance medley relay record with a time of 9:33.39, to finish second;

·         Darryl Haraway delivered FSU a pair of gold medals, winning the 60- and 200-meter dashes. He is just the second Seminole to pull off the ACC Indoor double and the first since Maurice Mitchell in 2011.

Six Headed To NCAA Indoors; Looking Back At ACC Meet

Florida State’s women were four points better than they were in 2016, finishing with 74 and trailing only Miami (113) and Clemson (98). The Noles did it with only 23 athletes competing, who combined to:

·         Register 15 personal-best individual performances and four additional season-best performances;

·         Eleonora Omoregie and Gleneve Grange established new school records in the high jump and shot put, respectively. Omoregie cleared 1.88 meters (6-2) in a gold medal-winning effort, breaking the mark she had shared (1.85m) with Holly Kelly, who had cleared that height in 1990. Grange finished third in the shot put with a throw of 16.54 meters (54-3.25), which bettered her own record of 16.32m, set at the Tyson Invitational;

·         In all, the Seminole women added eight new or improved all-time top 10 marks, which included: Shauna Helps (60, #5 7.37); Shaquania Dorsett (400, #5 53.84); Carmela Cardama Baez (5000, #4 16:07.49); Cortney Jones (60 hurdles, #4 8.18); Melissa-Maree Farrington (Pentathlon, #2 4,086 pts.) and Jogaile Petrokaite (Long Jump, tied #6 6.38m/20-11.25);

·         The Seminole won two individual golds – Omoregie and Petrokaite – doubling their total of 2016. They were the 44th and 45th ACC Indoor titles won by athletes under the direction of Director of Field Events, Dennis Nobles.

Six Headed To NCAA Indoors; Looking Back At ACC Meet

Seminoles Stack Up All-ACC Honors

Led by Darryl Haraway’s ACC Track Co-MVP award, for sharing high-point honors with Syracuse’s two-event champion Justyn Knight, the Seminoles piled up plenty of hardware at the ACC Indoor Championships.

FSU’s men collected five first-team All-ACC honors, which are presented to the top three finishers in each individual event. Haraway led the way with two, one for each of his sprint victories, and was joined by Droogsma (second, shot put), Nevers (third, triple jump) and Keniel Grant (long jump, third).

The Noles amassed nine second-team honors, for places fourth-sixth in individual events, and second or third in relays. The distance medley relay team of Mulenga, Simpkins, Freire and Hall (second), Edward Clark (60, fifth), Hall (Mile, fourth), Mulenga (Mile, sixth), Ed’Ricus Williams (high jump, fifth), Armani Wallace (triple jump, fifth), Carlos Becker (long jump, sixth), Emmanuel Onyia (shot put, sixth) and Dante Newberg (heptathlon, sixth).

FSU’s women collected six first-team All-ACC honors, led by champions Omoregie and Petrokaite. Peta-Gay Williams and Cortney Jones finished second and third, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles, while the first-teamers were rounded out by Melissa-Maree Farrington (pentathlon, third) and Gleneve Grange (shot put, third).

Five Seminoles earned second-team All-ACC honors, including Shauna Helps, who picked up two by placing fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 60. She was joined by Carmela Cardama Baez (5000, fourth), Kellion Knibb (shot put, fifth) and Safia Morgan (high jump, tied sixth).

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Burton Gets USATF National Spot

Florida State senior co-captain Jacob Burton, whose indoor eligibility had expired, will get a jumpstart on his outdoor season for the Seminoles when he competes at the USATF Indoor Championships in the 600-meter run this weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A second-team All-American for the Seminoles in the 800 indoors for the Noles last season, Burton will compete in Saturday’s first round of action against a field which includes the likes of Casimir Loxsom, Chris Giesting, Shaquille Walker, Erik Sowinski and Donovan Brazier.

The finals are scheduled for Sunday.

Outdoor Season Has Arrived

More than 20 members of the Florida State track & field teams will open their outdoor season Saturday at the Florida A&M Relays. A large group of distance runners and a handful of field event competitors will get an early start on the season in the all-day event at the Pete Griffin Track Complex, which begins with the 10,000-meter run at 7:30 a.m.

Fatema Jaffer and Bella Poole will represent the Seminole women in the 10,000. Cross country veterans Catherine Blaney, Tara Rooney, Courteney West, Hailey Hendry and Sarah Candiano are scheduled to compete in the 1500.

The meet will also mark the FSU debut of freshman Shanice Love, the Jamaican national junior record holder in the discus.

The Seminole men will be represented by sophomore Dante Newberg and freshmen Conor McClain and  Conner Flynn in the javelin.

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