March 6, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, La. –
Whether it’s in realm of competition or in the classroom, success is brimming for the Florida State women’s track and field and cross country teams. Following a great performance at the ACC Indoor Championships, the tracksters are moving up the national rankings while the cross country teams is being heralded for its academic efforts.
In the latest rankings released by the USTFCCCA, the Seminoles made a significant jump into the Top 10 for the first time this season. Florida State improved four spots to number nine in the newest ratings. FSU is one of six schools to have to have both of its teams in the Top 10 as the men’s team is third.
“This is one of the goals our coaches set out to do is have both of our teams in top 10,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It’s the first time we’ve accomplished it in 10 year and it sets us up nicely for next week’s national championships.”
Bolstering the Seminoles’ move up the poll was mainly the work of the distance program. Junior Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) recorded the second-fastest mile time of the year with her NCAA Automatic qualifying time of 4:36.31 which is a new ACC and school record. Joining Kuijken on the mile list is sophomore Hannah England (Oxford, England) with the number five time of 4:36.75. Both runners were a part of the distance medley relay that also broke the ACC mark with a time of 11:09.03 that rates fifth in the country.
Helping the men stay in the top three were a pair of new NCAA automatic marks. Freshman Gonzalo Barroilet (Santiago, Chile) posted the sixth-best heptathlon score in the country with his 5,765 that broke the Florida State and ACC Championship marks. Senior Drew Brunson (Snellville, Ga.) moved up to fourth in the country with his ACC title-winning time of 7.69 in the 60 meter hurdles.
Several Seminoles are in action this weekend at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet and Alex Wilson Invitational trying to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.