Jan. 29, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After earning seven top-three finishes at last weekend’s Tom Jones Memorial Invitational, the No. 5-ranked Florida State track and field teams will look to continue improving at the adidas Classic, hosted by the University of Nebraska, on Saturday, January 31st at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Seminoles will compete alongside Nebraska (No. 15 men and No. 24 women), Wichita State, Illinois (men), Alabama (No. 23 women) and Kansas.The event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. (EST) and last all day.
“We will be given the opportunity to compete at a higher level this weekend,” said Head Coach Bob Braman. “We are not so worried about the team scoring, but rather, improving and getting ourselves ready for future competition.”
The throwers for the women will have their time to shine again with sophomore Kamorean Hayes (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior Caila Coleman (Tallahassee, Fla.) leading the way for the Seminoles. Coleman was one of seven Seminoles to finish in the top three at the Tom Jones Memorial Invite with her weight throw of 17.26m. After resetting her personal indoor record in her first stint of the season, junior pole vaulter Liz Mabry (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) will have another opportunity at the classic to perform.
On the men’s front, the distance runners will have the spotlight as All-ACC Indoor and Outdoor junior Daniel Roberts (Vicksburg, Mich.) and sophomore Matt Leeder (Brookville, Ontario) are expected to lead in their event. Sophomore multi-events competitor and two-time All-American Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) will also be guiding the Seminoles through the toughest competition the team has faced yet.
“Every time Gonzalo competes, something can happen,” said Braman. “Each time we compete, we hope for big things to happen and get some provisional and automatic marks.”
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