March 10, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams (Men-No.3/Women-No.4) will send 17 student-athletes and battle in 15 events at the NCAA Indoor National Meet, March 13-14, in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M.
The Seminoles recorded an impressive 12 NCAA automatic qualifying marks throughout the season. Among the elite group competing this weekend will be seven All-Americans including Kim Williams, Teona Rodgers and Tiara Swanagan. Freshmen making their national debut will be Pelle Rietveld, Jonathan and Kevin Borlee, Maurice Mitchell and Brandon O’Conner. Brandon Byram will travel as an alternate for the 4x400m relay.
“This is the largest contingent we have had traveling for the men’s indoor meet,” head coach Bob Braman said. “It may also be our best team. We can score the most points we have ever scored at indoors. The challenge ahead is that exactly. We can score 50 points and still have Oregon beat us. We can have our best team and days of competition, but we still need to hope Oregon slips up. We’ve been NCAA runner-up each of the last two years, so we would like to break through. Every year we seem to give a good chase, but not quite good enough to take first. We are going to go out there and do everything we can to win it.”
“As for the women, we are ranked fourth in the country and that’s about where we are,” Braman said. “Susan is the defending champion in the 3000m run and obviously will be in the contention to win again. Kim is a huge favorite by a foot in the triple jump. Although she was the runner-up last year, she is the overwhelming favorite this year. Teona has emerged as a force in the 60m hurdles and has a chance to score in the 200m dash. Pilar McShine is also one of our really solid athletes and a potential high scorer as well. She has run well in every race she has competed in. Tiara was an All-American last year and has a chance to score. The women only have five athletes, but they should all score which will give us the chance to make the podium for the first time in about 25 years.”
Competing in the field events for the men will be Barroilhet (heptathlete), who currently holds the second best heptathlon performance in the nation, and Makusha (long jump), who owns the top long jump mark in the country. For the women, Williams and Swanagan will compete in the triple jump. Williams currently holds the best triple jump in the NCAA and earned a silver medal at last year’s championships while Swanagan’s mark this season ranks 12th heading into the weekend.
The track will host a variety of Seminoles in eight events with Garvin, Mitchell and Makusha all battling in the 60m dash. Clark will be the lone Seminole in the 200m dash while the 4x400m relay group of Williams, Borlee twins and O’Conner battle to keep the best time in the nation. Kuijken, ranked 14th in the country in the 3000m run, will vie for honors in the event as will McShine in the mile run. In the 60m hurdles, Rodgers enters the meet with the fourth best time in the nation.
The Garnet and Gold picked up additional qualifiers in heptathlete Rietveld, Leeder in the 3000m and Rodgers for her second event in the 200m dash.
“We have a chance to be the best combined program in the country,” Braman said. “I am really excited because we are trying to get both teams in the top four.”
Keep up with the Seminoles as live stats will be available on http://www.ustfccca.org.
Michael Ray Garvin, 60m
Maurice Mitchell, 60m
Ngoni Makusha, 60m and Long Jump
Charles Clark, 200m
Gonzalo Barroilhet, heptathlon
Susan Kuijken, 3000m
Pilar McShine, Mile Run
Teona Rodgers, 60m Hurdles
Kim Williams, Triple Jump
Tiara Swanagan, Triple Jump
Matt Leeder, 3000m
Pelle Rietveld, heptathlon
Teona Rodgers, 200m
March 13 Events (est. time):
12:00 p.m. Heptathlon
4 p.m. Women’s Mile Run Prelims
4:30 p.m. Women’s 60m Hurdles Prelims
5:45 p.m. Men’s 60m Dash Prelims
6:30 p.m. Women’s 200m Dash Prelims
6:40 p.m. Long Jump
6:45 p.m. Men’s 200m Dash Prelims
8:00p.m. Women’s 200m Dash Final
8:10 p.m. Men’s 200m Dash Final
March 14 Events (est. time):
12:00 p.m. Heptathlon continued
3:30 p.m. Women’s trials and finals triple jump
5:20 p.m. Women’s 60m Hurdles Finals
6:10 p.m. Men’s 60m Dash Final
6:40 p.m. Women’s 3000m Run Final
6: 55 p.m. Men’s 3000m Run Final
7:25 p.m. Men’s 4x400m Relay Final