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FSU men up to No. 3 in nation, excited for opportunity at NCAA Outdoors

The Florida State men’s track and field team has enjoyed an impressive outdoor season, one in which the Seminoles are now ranked third in the USTFCCCA Ranking Index (by track coaches). This is FSU’s highest outdoor ranking since May 2013, and it’s the first time the program has been in the top 5 since 2014.

“On the men’s side, it’s really exciting,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “We’re up to No. 3 in the country. And I’ve cautioned all of our athletes to just (understand), ‘OK, do your thing. We’ll add them up at the end. Don’t make any pronouncements about we’re trying to win the whole thing or trying to do this and do that. You got two days of championships for each gender. It’s 19 different events. Each athlete has to focus on what they’re doing and obviously have some chances to win individual titles like Trey (Cunningham) and 4×100 relay or maybe Adriaan Wildschutt. But on the other side of the coin, it is a team and we want to be as high as we can. And we’re really at the right place at the right time.”

Braman said this may be his most balanced team and it’s also one of the oldest in part due to the added season of eligibility from 2020 (due to COVID). The FSU men will send a large contingent to the NCAA Outdoors in Eugene, Ore., on June 8-11. Among them are Trey Cunningham, who claimed the 60-meter hurdles title indoors earlier this year and is one of the world’s top hurdlers.

Cunningham ran a personal best 13.07 into 1.5m/s headwind. According to the USTFCCCA, only five athletes in world history have run the 110m hurdles faster into a headwind.

“It’s just incredible,” Braman said. “If you turn the wind around, he’s got the collegiate record. He’s one of the best in the world. Ever. How many times do you get to say that? We had Walter Dix. Special, special guy. Collegiate record holder, two-time bronze medal while he was here. And Trey’s even just a notch above that right now. But you see that he has that hunger.”

Braman also sees some good opportunities on the women’s side, especially in the javelin and 4×100 relay.

Below is video of Cunningham’s 110-meter hurdles run, a list of FSU competitors going to Oregon and video of Braman’s interview.

FSU men’s competitors

Jeremiah Davis (Long Jump and Triple Jump)

Isaac Grimes (Long Jump)

Jacore Irving (Triple Jump)

Taylor Banks (100m Dash

Jo’Vaughn Martin (100m Dash)

Trey Cunningham (110m Hurdles)

Adriaan Wildschutt (5000m run, 10,000m run)

Ahmed Muhumed (5000m Run)

4x100m relay (Taylor Banks, Amir Willis, Don’dre Swint, Jo’Vaughn Martin)

4x400m relay (Sean Watkins Jr., Amir Willis, James Rivera, DaeQwan Butler)

FSU women’s competitiors

Edidiong Odiong (100m dash, 200m dash)

Amani Heven (Discus)

Kelechi Nwanaga (Javelin)

Sara Zabarino (Javelin)

4x100m relay (Edidiong Odiong, Savy’on Toombs, Ka’Tia Seymour, Ashley Seymour)