March 17, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams will head down to Orlando, Fla. for the Walt Disney World Invitational beginning Wednesday, March 18-21. Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex will host over 50 collegiate and high school teams. Coming off a good showing at the NCAA Indoor National Meet, the Seminoles look to earn NCAA regional marks.
“This is really the kick-off to the traditional outdoor season because indoor track is officially over,” head coach Bob Braman said. “We are continuing with the outdoor events such as javelin and discus throws as well as the shot put. We will have some men and women chasing regional marks. We are just going to keep doing what we do.”
On the women’s front, senior Nicole Marcus (sprints: Tallahassee, Fla.) will be looked at to guide the women as she earned the first NCAA regional mark for the squad just two weeks ago in the 100m dash with a time of 11.75. Also leading the pack will be veteran and team co-captain Keyla Smith (mid-distance/sprints: Daytona Beach, Fla.), along with Teona Rodgers (sprints/hurdles: Tampa, Fla.) and Kamorean Hayes (throws: Charlotte, N.C.).
The men’s squad will feature several athletes who have already gained admission regionally with their NCAA marks they earned at the North Florida Invitational two weeks ago including Travis Whitfield (throw: Jay, Fla.), NCAA All-East Region Javier Garcia-Tunon (hurdles/sprints: Miami, Fla.) and Michael Putnam (throws: Miami, Fla.).
“Each week we are going to add more of the traditional events like the 100m and 200m dash,” Braman said. “We are getting closer to going full throttle. This is one more meet we are using to get athletes acclimated to outdoors. We are going to try to get as many regional marks as we can, and I expect to get more marks because that’s what outdoor track’s about-regionals.”
Competition begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday with the 100m dash. There will be no live stats available, but stay tuned to www.seminoles.com for more Florida State athletics information.