May 1, 2018 - by
Take Two: Track & Field Trio Collects ACC Top Performer Honors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second time this season a trio of Florida State track & field athletes have earned ACC Performer of the Week honors.

Senior Austin Droogsma and sophomore Shanice Love rode discus victories at the 124th Penn Relays to men’s and women’s Field Performer of the Week honors, respectively. Freshman Ka’Tia Seymour’s ACC record 100-meter dash performance at the inaugural National Relay Championships earned her Track Performer of the Week honors.

“I’m blown away at earning three out of the four ACC Athlete of the Week honors,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “The ACC has never been better and our kids are rising to the challenge every week.”

The latest round of selections pushes the total to 10 Seminoles honored as Performer of the Week this outdoor season, doubling the total of the next closest ACC school.

Droogsma collected his second honor of the season after winning the Penn Relays invitational shot put title and earning the trophy for College Men’s Athlete of the Meet for Individual Events. The redshirt senior from Gulf Breeze, Fla. avenged his runner-up finish from 2017 with a winning shot put mark of 20.19 meters (66-3); the second-best winning mark at the nation’s oldest and largest meet since 2006. Ranked No. 2 nationally and tops in the ACC, he defeated a pair of top-10 national throwers to claim the crown. It’s the first Penn Relays shot put title for an FSU athlete since Garrett Johnson set the meet record in 2006.

Love earned the first ACC Field Performer of the Week honor of her career by capturing the Penn Relays invitational discus title with a throw of 56.10 meters (184-1). It was the fourth win in five outdoor competitions this season for the sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, who secured the victory on her opening throw and held off a strong field of 10 competitors. Love leads the ACC and ranks 10th nationally. Her Penn Relays victory in the event was the third consecutive and fourth in five years by an FSU athlete, with the previous three produced by four-time ACC champion Kellion Knibb.

Seymour put the nation on notice in her collegiate debut 100-meter dash at the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Palatka, Fla. native’s wind-legal 11.24 (+1.6) won the fast heat and was second overall, breaking the ACC record previously shared by her teammate Shauna Helps and former Clemson start Dezerea Bryant (11.26). Seymour’s time is the eighth-fastest nationally with a legal wind reading and 20th in all-conditions.

“These three put it all on the line every week,” Braman said. “They’re probably our most consistent performers, so it’s not a surprise when they do amazing things like they did last weekend.”

The Noles last won three weekly ACC honors on March 27, when Seymour was joined by Lauri Paredes and Trey Cunningham.

Seminole Twilight Friday at Mike Long Track

Florida State track & field will begin its final home competition of the season on Friday at 12 noon, when 20 seniors are recognized at the start of the Seminole Twilight meet.

The one-day competition is the final tune-up for the ACC Outdoor Championships, which will be hosted by the University of Miami, May 10-12 in Coral Gables, Fla.

FSU’s men enter the meet ranked No. 10 in this week’s USTFCCCA national computer rankings, while the women dipped out of the top 25 for the first time this season, checking in at No. 29. A good number of the most heralded Noles will be competing in the meet, either chasing or improving on regional or ACC marks, including seniors Austin Droogsma, Gleneve Grange, Ieva Zarankaite, Emily Edwards, David Barney, Michael Callegari and Corion Knight. They will be among the group recognized at the start of competition.

In addition to those competing in their final meet at home, two-time ACC champion Shauna Helps will run her first 100-meter dash of the season, while freshman standout Jayla Kirkland will compete in the 200 for the first time this season. Freshmen hurdlers Trey Cunningham and Tyricke Dickens are also competing, as is FSU javelin record-holder Lauri Paredes.

The meet begins at 12 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m.. There is no admission charge and a complete schedule of events can be found here.

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