April 20, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 4 Florida State men’s track and field team and the No. 12 women’s team are set to take their talents to Durham, NC for the 2011 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Duke’s campus.
The annual meet gets started Thursday at 10 a.m. with the women’s heptathlon and concludes Saturday at 8:10 p.m. with the awards ceremony.
Boasting an incredible six-straight outdoor conference crowns, the men’s team will be looking to add to that total while the women’s squad will be aiming to improve upon last year’s second-place finish.
“I think going into this that the indoor champions will be favored, which is Clemson and Virginia Tech,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said, “partly because of how impressive they won those championships. Both of them had a large margin over us and everyone else. But we are certainly proud of our six-year streak and want to keep that going.”
Keeping that going means continuing what has been a terrific season thus far for both men’s and women’s teams.
FSU enters the ACCs with the top performances in the conference this season in a multitude of events. On the men’s side: 100m (Mike Fout), 10000m (O’Lionaird), 400m hurdles (Tremaine Grant), long jump (Ngoni Makusha), shot put (Michael Putman) and discus throw (Putman) as well as boasting the top 4x100m relay squad.
On the women’s side: 200m (Kim Williams).
“It is going to take our best effort of the year,” Braman said. “Virginia Tech is really good on the men’s side. They are a conference-built team. They have got people that are great conference athletes and we are a little bit more of a national-built team. We have got people like Maurice Mitchell that can win a conference and a national but there is four Maurice Mitchells that can score in the top five in every event. So that’s where the challenge will be for both our men’s and women’s teams; how many events can our stars run and compete in and still be do well the rest of the season? We certainly don’t want to get anyone hurt.”
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“We are going to give it our all,” Braman said. “We are going to get after it.”