March 6, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- With the NCAA Indoor Championships looming around the corner, it’s do or die time for Florida State track & field at two different mid-west meets this weekend, March 7-8. Ten Seminoles, including seven-time national champion Walter Dix will head west to the Iowa State and Arkansas last chance meets in a last-ditch attempt to add to the nine automatic and 17 provisional marks the team has for the national meet next week in Fayetteville, Ark.
Although Dix has already punched his ticket to nationals with a 20.70 automatic qualifying time in the 200m, the senior from Coral Springs, Fla. will head to Iowa State this weekend in search of an automatic mark in the 60m dash as well.
Joining Dix in Iowa will be fellow All-American runners Charles Clark and Tywayne Buchanan. Clark holds a 47.03 provisional time in the 400m from last month’s Husker Invite while Buchanan, the team’s second-fastest 400m runner, is coming off a minor injury that kept him out of the Seminoles’ last two meets. Freshmen Brandon Byram and Jair Francis will also try to earn a spot at nationals in the 200m at the Iowa State meet.
Senior Andrew Krumins heads to Iowa with the hope of besting his 1:49.66 time in the 800m so the Australian-native can make his national championship appearance for the Seminoles. Freshman Pablo Navarette will also work on improving his time in the 400m from his season-best 48.04 mark set at the New Balance Invite in February.
Although she already holds the school record in the shot put with a 53’05.50″ mark, freshman Kamorean Hayes is headed to Iowa in the hopes of being one of the few Seminole newcomers to make it to the national championships.
In the jump events, sophomore Tiara Swanagan and freshman Brian Chibudu will lay it on the line in Arkansas this weekend at the site for the 2008 national championships. Swanagan will set to work on boosting her 41’06.00″ provisional mark in the triple jump while Chibudu will try to improve his 23’08.00″ long jump from earlier in the season.
Following this weekend’s events, those accepted to the national indoor meet will head back to Fayetteville, Ark. where competition is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 14.