ACC Announces Track & Field Performers of the Week
Three Seminoles, one Yellow Jacket earn first weekly outdoor honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Three Florida State student-athletes are among the first group of 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Performer of the Week honorees following times and marks that rank among the top four in the nation.
FSU freshman Cortney Jones earned ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week honors, while Seminole discus throwers Gleneve Grange and Emmanuel Onyia swept Field Performer of the Week accolades.
Georgia Tech freshman sprinter Tyson Spears is the first ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week of the outdoor season.
Grange left a lasting impression in her first outdoor competition for Florida State, winning the discus Friday at the USF Bulls Invitational in dramatic fashion. With a lifetime-best on her sixth and final attempt, Grange beat teammate Kellion Knibb – the three-time ACC champion and 2016 NCAA runner-up – as the discus sailed 56.16 meters (184-3). That stands as the leading mark in the nation thus far, and No. 2 all-time among Seminoles. Knibb was the runner-up at 55.65m (182-7), which is the No. 2 mark nationally.
Competing in his first discus competition of the outdoor season, Florida State senior Emmanuel Onyia parlayed a lifetime-best effort into a first-place finish at the Bulls Invitational. Onyia’s career-best throw of 56.68 meters (185-11) came on his fifth attempt and was one three marks in excess of 55 meters. It is the No. 4 mark in the nation and No. 1 on both the NCAA East and ACC descending order lists. The Jamaica native strengthened his hold on the No. 4 mark in program history while leading a 1-2-3 event sweep for the Noles against a field which also included Rutgers, South Florida and Valparaiso, among others.
Jones got her outdoor career off to a roaring start, racing to victory in the 100-meter hurdles over a field of 29 at the Bulls Invitational on Saturday. Jones, a December graduate from high school (Conyers, Georgia, Rockdale County) who was third in the 60-meter hurdles at the ACC Indoor Championships, won in a personal-best time of 13.36 as the Seminoles finished 1-2 in the event. Her time ranks third in the NCAA this season and is fastest among all NCAA East and ACC competitors. She instantly etched her name on FSU’s all-time list, checking in at No. 9 in Seminole history.
In his outdoor track debut, Georgia Tech’s Spears posted a first-place time of 10.56 in the 100 meter dash Friday at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. The Roswell, Georgia, freshman also ran the second leg of Georgia Tech’s fourth-place 4x100 relay team and competed in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.57. Spears’ 100 meters time currently ranked 29th nationally and stands as the 11th best in the NCAA East Region.