Feb. 19, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – While their intense training and preparation continues for next weekend’s Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championship in Blacksburg, Va., Florida State’s track and field teams find themselves as the only two league teams ranked in the USTFCCCA’s national polls this week. The men’s team is No. 3 in the nation while the women’s team is not far behind at No. 6. Florida State is only ACC school to have both its men’s and women’s teams ranked among the nation’s top 25 and the Seminoles also head all league schools in the rankings in both polls.
FSU’s men’s team is the only ACC school to be ranked in the top 25, while the women’s closest ranked ACC opponents are No. 13 North Carolina and No. 17 Miami. Florida State began the indoor season as the only school in the nation to have both its men’s and women’s track and field teams ranked in the top five.
“We are really starting to gain momentum towards the championship meets in the coming weeks and I think these rankings reflect that,” head coach Bob Braman said. “I am proud of the effort from the student-athletes and coaches so far.”
Previously ranked No. 5, the men’s team made a significant jump to the top three after a great showing in last weekend’s Tyson Invitational and Husky Classic where several Seminoles earned provisional marks and ACC Performer of the Week Ngoni Makusha (Mandedza, Zimbabwe) set the ACC’s top long jump mark of the season.
The women have also remained in the top 10 throughout the season and moved up from No. 8 to No. 6 this week as distance runners Pilar McShine (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) and Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) both earned automatic qualifying marks at the Husky Classic.