Feb. 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams will travel to New York City this weekend to compete in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, one of the premier meets of the indoor season. The Seminoles (No. 5 women/No. 6 men), as well as teams from more than 100 universities from around the country, will compete Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th at the historic Armory Track and Field Center. In addition to nationally-ranked Florida State, other Top 10 teams that will compete this weekend include BYU (No. 8 men), LSU (No. 10 men/No. 4 women) and Texas A&M (No. 5 men).
“We are very excited about the New Balance Invitational,” said Head Coach Bob Braman. “We are going to be up against really good competition. This is really the first significant competition for our team this season.”
The two-day meet kicks off on Friday with the field events at 11:30 a.m. Saturday’s action gets underway in the field at 9:05 a.m.
Leading the men this weekend in his first stint of the season will be NCAA Champion and seven-time All-American junior Charles Clark (sprints: Virginia Beach, Va.). Also look for sophomore Gonzalo Barroilhet (multi-events: Santiago, Chile) and newcomer Petrus Rietveld (pole vault: Zoetermeer, Netherlands) to fare well for the Seminoles. Rietveld joined FSU’s program in January with a hefty list of accomplishments in the European Cup, European Junior Cup and European Champs U 23.
Sophomores Kim Williams (jumps: Kingston, Jamaica) and Teona Rodgers (hurdles/sprints: Tampa, Fla.) will look to lead Florida State on the women’s side this weekend. Junior Pilar McShine (distance: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) will compete for the Seminoles for the first time this season with Danielle Jeffrey (sprints: Kingston, Jamaica) representing the freshmen squad.
Williams and former Seminole Kim Williams, triple jump 46-00.50) and seven NCAA provisional marks. Braman hopes to see much of the same success at this year’s meet with just three competitions remaining before the ACC Indoor Championships, Feb. 26-28 in Blacksburg, Va.
“The ACC season is really starting to heat up,” said Braman. “We are going to have some opportunities to have some good marks and we are beginning to get people healthy as well.”