Preview: FSU track and field

Florida State begins the 2022 indoor season on Friday and Saturday at the Clemson Invite. Here’s what to watch in what is a short indoor season before the outdoors begin in mid-March:

Coach: Bob Braman begins his 18th season as head coach. FSU has won 14 ACC indoor titles (10 men’s and four women’s) since Braman arrived.

New assistant coaches: Alex Midgett (distance), Doug Reynolds (throws) and Leevan Sands (jumps) join the staff. They join Braman and Ricky Argro (sprints and relays).

Last year: The FSU women won the ACC indoors. The men finished sixth at the NCAA indoors and the women took 16th at the NCAA indoors. In total, FSU returns 11 qualifying athletes from last year’s NCAA indoors.

Men’s competitors to watch: Isaac Grimes (long jump, triple jump, sprints) took silver at the NCAA indoors in the long jump and he was named the ACC men’s indoor field athlete of the year in 2021 after claiming the school record in the long jump at 8.35 meters. Trey Cunningham (60-meter hurdles) took bronze. He was named to the Bowerman preseason watch list. Adriaan Wildschutt (3,000 meters, 5,000 meters) was a star in the cross country season and is among 19 seniors on the men’s team. Wildschutt owns the FSU record in the 5,000 meters at 13:30.55 and the school’s No. 2 time in the 3,000 meters at 7:55.26. Milton Ingraham was an honorable mention in the discuss and has a top-10 distance in FSU history at 60-3.75. DaeQwan Butler’s best event is the 400 (he is third at FSU all-time at 46.30), although he will also compete in the 60, 100 and 200. Riley Ott (decathlon). Dond’Drea Swint was an All-American in the 60 meters and an All-ACC pick in the 100 meters. Jo’Vaughn Martin holds one of the 10 best times at FSU in the 200 (20.72 seconds).

Men’s newcomer to watch: Denzel Feagin transferred in from a junior college after taking a national title in the 200 meters in 2021.

Women’s competitors to watch: Ediong Odiong (60, 100, 200, 400), Ka’Tia Seymour (60, 100, 200) were both All-Americans in 2021. Seymour is second on FSU’s all-time list in the 60 meters at 7.17 seconds and owns the school record in the 200 (22.82). Yasmine Abbes (800 meters, 1 mile, 3000 meters), Maudie Skyring (800, mile, 3000), Alyson Churchill (mile, 3,000, 5,000) and Caisa-Marie Lindfors (discus, shot put) are also among the league’s best in their events. Skyring has FSU’s No. 2 time in the 3,000 (9:04.44) and the No. 5 time in the mile (4:34.98).

Women’s newcomer to watch: Lauren Ryan, a transfer from Villanova, broke the school record in the 5,000 meters on Dec. 4 in Boston. Ryan’s run of 15:40.40 shaved nearly three seconds off the school record. While she isn’t new to FSU, Ryan will be competing indoors for the first time for FSU in 2022.

Next goal for Cunningham: A senior, Cunningham narrowly missed out on the U.S. Olympic team during the trails in 2021. He holds the FSU record in the 60-meter hurdles at 7.51 seconds. “Can’t wait to compete,” Cunningham said. “You always want to go get. Go after something bigger and better. I don’t have a national championship yet. So we’re going to knock that off the check list and then see what happens after that.”

Quoting: “Really excited to get going in the indoor season,” Braman said. “You have to be ready for the jump because it just carries right in. Six weeks from now we’ll be at the ACC championship. Eight weeks from now we’ll be at the national championship.”

Fans can watch Friday’s meet here and Saturday’s meet here.