May 14, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In its last chance meet to earn additional tickets to the NCAA Regionals in two weeks, the Florida State track and field team will travel several athletes to Atlanta, Ga., this weekend to compete at the Georgia Tech Invitational May 15-16 at the George C. Griffin Track. As the only program to have both its men and women’s teams ranked in the top three in the USTFCCCA Division 1 Team Rankings, head coach Bob Braman looks to continue training against other top competitors this weekend including Notre Dame, Michigan (Women-No. 6), Virginia Tech (Men-No. 22/Women-No. 9) and Miami (Women-No. 16).
“We go to Georgia Tech every year,” Braman said. “It’s the last regular season meet for the entire southeast. It is the premiere meet in the southeast United States. It is a big competition. Every event will be loaded with regional marks and national level performances. This is on par with many events such as Texas Relays and Penn Relays.
“We know it’s important to put a lot of effort in. It’s the last chance to get some people qualified, but for the most part it’s just getting ready for the regional meet in two weeks. We want to be at a really high level. We want to get in and knock heads with some really good people. This is our last get-ready before the regional championship.”
No strangers to regionally qualifying in their respective events, junior Charles Clark (sprints: Virginia Beach, Va.) and senior Javier Garcia-Tunon (hurdles: Miami, Fla.) will be leading the men this weekend. Both men have a combined total of 11 regional marks.
Jumpers Ngoni Makusha (Mandedza, Zimbabwe) and Brian Chibudu (Harare, Zimbabwe) will be back in the mix of competitors trying to better their already qualifying marks while distance runners Nathan Duby (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Matt Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) battle for their first regional mark of the season.
As for the women who are constantly raising the level of success each meet, sophomore and two-time All-American Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) and NCAA Champion Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) will be leading the tribe. Although both women have already earned their spot at regionals, they are continuing preparation for the tough battle that lies ahead.
A few Seminole women battling for their first regional mark will be Danielle Williams (jumps: Pensacola, Fla.), Callie Giffin (Tyler Texas) in the pole vault and distance runner Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, Fla.).
Keep up with the Seminoles as they progress through the competition with live stats on www.deltatiming.com.