Tallahassee, FL -- Florida State senior Kemar Hyman automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday with his blistering 6.56 dash in the 60-meter finals at the Auburn Invitational.
On Tuesday, Hyman reaped an additional reward when he was selected by the Atlantic Coast Conference as the men’s co-performer of the week for the first time in his career. It was certainly a deserving honor for the George Town, Cayman Islands native, who posted the second-fastest time in the world this season and matched his country’s national record at 60 meters.
Hyman was well under the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 6.60, despite finishing second in the race to Auburn’s Harry Adams. His 6.56 effort was also .01 off the school record, set by teammate Maurice Mitchell at last season’s NCAA Indoor Championships.
FSU men climb two spots to No. 4 nationally
Buoyed by Hyman’s performance and a solid all-around effort at the Auburn Invitational, the Florida State men’s indoor track & field team climbed two notches to No. 4 in this week’s USTFCCCA national computer rankings. Coach Bob Braman’s men opened the season ranked No. 6 nationally, behind Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Nebraska and Ohio State.
Hyman is the only Seminole ranked among the top 10 in any of the 15 indoor events.
Despite a dominant performance by the FSU women’s distance contingent at the Auburn Invitational, they held firm at No. 9 in this week’s national poll.
While the women did not move up, they are well-represented in the individual event rankings, nationally. Michelle Jenije (No. 3, triple jump), Hannah Brooks (No. 4, 3,000 meters), Amanda Winslow (No. 6, 3,000 meters) and Violah Lagat (No. 9, 3,000 meters) all boast top-10 national rankings in their respective events.
The FSU men’s and women’s teams return to action this weekend at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. A handful of Seminoles will make their first competitive appearances of the indoor season, including a large complement of FSU men’s distance runners.
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