Dec. 11, 2007
Mountain View, Ca. – With less than a month to go before opening the indoor track season, Florida State was honored in the December issue of Track & Field News, as the magazine labeled both the men’s and women’s recruiting classes at No. 3 in the nation. The Seminoles were the only team in the NCAA to make the top five in both the men’s and women’s programs.
“With the men’s and women’s rankings combined, we’re the best in the country,” said head coach Bob Braman. “I think that as a program, we’ve really done the job. I’m really proud of what the coaches have done in bringing this class together.”
On the men’s side, top recruits for the upcoming season include distance runner Matt Leeder (1500m-3:45.50), shot putter Michael Putman (63-11), decathlete Gonzalo Barroilhet (7504), sprinters Pablo Navarete (800m-1:50.65) and Jair Francis (400m-46.81), and long jumper Brian Chibudu (7.91m).
The newcomers will join the back-to-back national championship men’s track team in the spring for what could be another championship season for the Seminoles, at least according to Track and Field News, who stated:
“Our resident NCAA predictions expert, John Auka, has looked at the recruiting picture and has installed defending champ Florida State to win its third straight team title at next year’s outdoor NCAA.”
Florida State’s women were also featured atop the magazine’s elite list of NCAA schools. Some of the top recruits joining the Seminole women include distance runner Hannah England (1500m – 4:12.44), thrower Kamorean Hayes (discus-49.64m) and hurdler Teona Rodgers (110m-13.33).
Following winter break, the Seminoles will kick off the indoor season Jan. 11, 2008 at the Virginia Tech Opener in Blacksburg, Va.