June 3, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although Florida State has faced some challenges through its track and field season, the Seminoles look to end on a high note at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championship beginning June 10-13. Arkansas will host the most elite schools and athletes in the country including Oregon in-state rival Florida and Texas A & M at Arkansas’ John McDonnell Field. Head coach Kim Williams and Charles Clark.
“We’re real disappointed that the defending national champion was the first athlete left out of the at-large field [Ngoni Makusha],” Braman said. “ I’m at a loss to explain that one. All of the other at-large qualifiers had already punched their ticket and were within the required Top 5 at-large in their events. The athletes who have qualified are all good enough to score at Nationals.”
Among the 20 Seminoles scheduled to compete, six events feature Florida State student-athletes ranked in the top-five performances entering the championships. The highly regarded competitors are Kim Williams in the triple jump (1st) on the women’s side. As for the men, the 4x400m relay foursome tops the chart with their blistering time of 3:01.54 from the Penn Relays.
Other Seminoles slated to compete will be the women’s 4x100m quartet, Williams in the long jump and shot put thrower Allyn Laughlin. Charles Clark and Maurice Mitchell will lead in the 200m dash while the brother duo, Jonathan and Kevin Borlee, hit the track for the 400m dash. Distance runner Matt Leeder will be in the 5000m run, Javier Garcia-Tunon in the 400m hurdles, high jumper Andrew Bachelor and Bryan Howard in the javelin are the remaining Seminoles listed to participate.
The championship begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the decathletes hitting the field first. Live stats can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/loc/ncaa-c-otrack-loc.html along with heat sheets and any other championship information.