Sports At Your Fingertips
“Onyia was unbelievable…..” that was what FSU coach Bob Braman said about Jamaican Emmanuel Onyia’s performance in the men’s discus event at the Standford Cardinal Classic yesterday.
The fifth year Florida State University senior finally surpassed the 56 metres mark and set a big new personal best 59.62m surpassing his previous best of 56.86m set at the FSU Relays a month ago.
However, perhaps what impressed Brauman even more than the winning mark is Onyia’s consistency. The former Munro College standout surpassed his previous best on all five of his throws – 59.62m, 57.55m, 58.37m, 57.33m, 58.62m.
Unlike compatriot and fellow Seminole Kellion Knibb, who broke her own national and FSU discus school records at the same meet but finished second in the women’s event with her best effort of 61.59m, Onyia went home with the win ahead of teammate Austin Droogsma (55.24m).
The best of his five personal-best marks on the day moved him in the top 10 in the country and third all-time among Seminoles trailing only two-time Olympian Bradley Cooper and former NCAA champion Garrett Johnson on the school’s all-time list.
“It felt really good. I thought we had been doing a lot of good work in practice, hitting the right marks and positions, so we knew it was coming. I’m just really happy that it came and it feels really good to finally throw over 56,” said Onyia.
His coach also felt the breakout performance coming as well. “Onyia was unbelievable. We felt like he was ready for a big one but that’s nearly 60 meters,” said Braman.
The year old Onyia has been steady this season setting an indoor personal best in the shot put breaking the 18m mark for the first time at the Clemson Indoor Invitational in January.
The Nigerian-born Onyia, who arrived in Jamaica at age seven from Lagos, was outstanding in the throws for Munro College at the high school level in Jamaica. He won silver in the U20 Boys Shot Put for Jamaica at the 2012 CARIFTA Games.