June 9, 2008
Men’s Team Starts Three-Peat Quest
Not that back-to-back NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships isn’t impressive, but a third would put the Florida State men’s track and field team in even more elite company. With only five seniors on the squad, think the start of a dynasty. While nine schools have won back-to-back titles, if the second-ranked Seminoles ascend to the top of the award stand on Saturday they would be just the fifth school to ever win three in a row and the first, besides Arkansas, since UTEP in 1979-82.
Seminoles Deeper In 2008
Last season may be one of the more impressive victories in NCAA history. The Seminoles came to the Outdoor meet with just seven competitors – all runners – and they came away with the trophy. This year Florida State brings nearly double that amount of competitors (13), including a pair of jumpers and Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) in the decathlon. Also bolstering the Seminoles’ chances of winning again is that for the first time in four years they’ve qualified both a 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
Women Keep Climbing Up The Standings
Following a top 10 finishes at the NCAA Indoor meet, Florida State is set to improve on its back-to-back 14th-place finishes in the women’s meet. Prior to the last two seasons, the No. 25 Seminoles hadn’t crack the top 15 since the 1991 campaign when they finished ninth. Another top 15 finishes would mark the first time since 1985-87 (10th-14th-2nd) that FSU has posted three-straight finishes that high.
Live Updates From Iowa
In addition to the live stats and television coverage – CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV) will be airing live coverage of the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday, June 13th from 7-10 p.m. CST. CBS will also broadcast live coverage of the final day of competition from 3-5 p.m. – Florida State fans can keep up with the team on Seminoles.com with live updates throughout the day from Des Moines.