Recapping ACC Success Before The NCAA Postseason
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles have begun preparing for next week's NCAA East Preliminary in Lexington, Ky., and they're carrying plenty momentum following a productive ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
This week's 15th-ranked Seminole women led all ACC schools with six conference champions over the course of the three-day meet at Georgia Tech, while the men added two event titles.
Climbing to the top step of the podium for the Seminole women were Veronika Kanuchova (hammer), Melissa-Maree Farrington (heptathlon), Eleonora Omoregie (high jump), Peta-Gay Williams (100-meter hurdles), Shauna Helps (100-meter dash) and Kellion Knibb (discus). Though the Seminoles' bid for a repeat team title came up six points shy, Farrington, Helps and Knibb successfully defended event titles.
Knibb's title was historic, as she became the first four-time ACC women's discus champion and just the seventh female four-time event champion conference history. With it she joins Seminole legends Kimberly Williams and Lacy Janson on that list.
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Wallace Joins Elite Group
With his long jump and triple jump titles, sophomore Armani Wallace becomes just the sixth man in ACC history – and the third Seminole – to pull off the horizontal jump double at the conference championship meet.
Wallace did it with a winning long jump of 7.55 meters Saturday night, and followed up Sunday afternoon with the No. 6 triple jump mark in program history (16.32m) for the win.
It's been 11 years since former Seminole great Rafeeq Curry was the last man to pull off the double at the 2006 ACC Championships, following up FSU's Joe Allen, who did it in 2001. The previous double-dippers accomplished the feat long before the Noles joined the ACC. Three Maryland Terrapins combined for five doubles between 1966 and 1980: Cornelius Cousins (1980); Dennis Ivory (1977, 1979) and Ed Marks (1966, 1967).
One Record, Nine New Top 10s
Junior Gleneve Grange won't soon forget her first ACC Outdoor Championships appearance, which included a pair of silver medals leading to Most Valuable Field Performer honors. In the process, Grange shattered the shot put school record with her personal best (17.29m/56-8.75), which exceeded her previous best by more than a meter. She followed with her collegiate best discus mark (57.02m/187-1), strengthening her hold on No. 2 all-time among Noles.
Those were two of nine new entries on FSU's all-time list from the weekend.
Sophomore Peta-Gay Williams shot to No. 2 all-time in the 100-meter hurdles following her win in 12.96, while Shauna Helps moved to No. 3 in the 100-meter dash after defending her title in 11.26; her second PB of the weekend. Eleonora Omoregie upped her outdoor high jump season-best to 1.82 meters (5-11.5) and moved to No. 4, while Carmela Cardama Baez took over the No. 10 spot with her inspiring fourth-place 5000-meter finish in 16:17.83.
On the men's list, Brandon Tirado kicked off the weekend with a hammer personal-best of 61.11m (200-6) to finish fifth and climb to No. 3 all-time, while Dante Newberg became the fifth decathlete in FSU history to crack the 7,000-point milestone and sits at No. 5 with his fourth-place total of 7,113.
Wallace's winning triple jump of 16.32m (53-6.5) shot him to No. 6 on the Seminoles' all-time list.
A First: Noles Earn Pair Of Field MVPs
In addition to moving up on FSU's all-time lists, Gleneve Grange and Armani Wallace walked away from the meet with additional hardware as they were named ACC Champion MVPs for Field Events. It's the first time the Noles have swept both awards since the ACC split the track and field MVP award in 2010.
Grange, in fact, is the first Seminole woman to claim either of the meet MVP honors. Wallace, who shared the Field MVP honor with Virginia double-winner Filip Mihaljevic, is FSU's first men's Field MVP since Michael Putman in 2011.Video
Noles Earn 33 Combined All-ACC Honors
FSU's women and men walked away from the conference championships with 33 combined All-ACC honors; second only to the 36 amassed by Virginia Tech, which swept the team titles.
With its meet-leading six conference champions paving the way, the Seminole women matched the Hokies with 11 first-team honors (top three places), including three second-place finishes and two thirds, and added five second-team honors for a total of 17. Virginia Tech tallied 18.
The Seminole men earned five first-team honors and tied for a league-high 11 second-team selections for 16 total, trailing only runner-up Virginia (19) and Virginia Tech (18).
In 26 years of ACC membership the FSU men have now collected 266 All-ACC honors at the Outdoor Championships and trails only Clemson (281), which has been a member since the league began recognizing All-ACC selections 31 years ago. The Seminole women also rank second all-time in All-ACC honors after pushing their total to 224, trailing only North Carolina (253).
ACC Noles Data Points
- Director of Field Events Dennis Nobles, who in his 31st full-time season is the longest tenured assistant coach at Florida State, saw his event-specific athletes claim four more ACC gold medals. He has now coached 63 ACC Outdoor champions (33 men, 30 women) in his career;
- FSU's women have now won 97 ACC event titles in 26 years of conference membership, including 83 individual events;
- The Seminole men pushed their all-time ACC Outdoor gold medal count to 114, including 97 individual events;
- Armani Wallace is the 11th Seminole to win the ACC Outdoor long jump title. Together those men have combined for a league-high 14 gold medals in the event;
- The Seminole women scored 118.5 points in their runner-up finish to Virginia Tech (124.5), which is more points than they totaled when they won the 2014 (111) and 2016 (106.5) titles and their highest total since the league expanded to 15 teams in 2014;
- FSU's men finished third with 104 points, trailing Virginia Tech (120) and Virginia (119). That is the highest point total for a third-place team in four years as a 15-team league;
- Throws coach Dorian Scott's group enjoyed an outstanding meet, especially on the women's side, claiming two golds, two silvers and totaling 40 points. The men's throwers added 24 points to the cause;
- Of the 55 FSU athletes competing at the ACC Championships, Jamaicans make up one-fifth (11) of the roster. Collectively, they produced 84.5 points, highlighted by 59.5 on the women's side. Three of the Seminoles' six champions – Kellion Knibb, Peta-Gay Williams and Shauna Helps – hail from the track-loving island nation, as well as Field MVP and double silver medalist Gleneve Grange;
- The Seminoles' youth bodes well for future ACC Championship runs. Of the 55 athletes competing, 29 were making their first ACC Outdoor Championships appearance. The group of 19 (out of 27) first-timers competing for the FSU women combined for 62.5 points. First-timers on the men's side contributed 22 points to the cause.