June 3, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – It all comes down to this.
The Florida State men’s and women’s track & field teams are set to descend upon Des Moines, Iowa and the Drake University campus for the 2011 NCAA Championships June 8-11.
While the Seminole women are focused on achieving a top-10 national finish, the No. 3-ranked men are strong contenders for the top prize: a national championship.
Winning another track & field title means relying on the skills and timely performances of the strong pieces that put the ‘Noles in this position of contention. The FSU men will be featured in 10 events; the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes, long jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and the 5000 and 10000-meter runs as well as the 4x100m relay.
The 100m dash will feature Ngoni Makusha and Maurice Mitchell, who boast the nation’s No. 2 and 3 times, respectively. Mitchell, who owns the nation’s top time in the 200m dash, will compete in that race with teammate Brandon Byram and Brandon O’Connor will run for the Seminoles in the 400m dash.
While Mitchell is the favorite in the 200, Makusha is also the favorite in the long jump where he boasts the country’s top mark and the best wind-assisted jump in the entire world. Makusha and Mitchell will also be featured in the highly competitive 4x100m relay.
On the field, Michael Putman will be featured in the discus and shot put. He currently has the nation’s seventh-best discus mark and ninth-best shot-put mark. Andrew Lahaye, whose stellar showing at the East Regional, is the first men’s pole vaulter to be competing at the NCAA Championships under head coach Bob Braman.
Rounding out the competition for the men are distance runners Mike Fout.
O’Lionaird, the two-time ACC Champion this season in the 1500 and 5000-meter runs, will be competing with Fout in the 5000 and will also represent FSU in the 1000m run competition.
On the women’s side, senior star Kim Williams will be looking for her sixth NCAA championships as she will compete in the triple jump and long jump. The Kingston, Jamaica native has the best top triple jump mark in the country and will be joined in that event by her teammate Michelle Jenije.
Amy Harris, who will also be available to compete in the 4x100m relay, will compete with Williams in the long jump as well.
On the track for the women, FSU qualified for the 4x100m relay and Hannah Brooks, who has finished the season very strong, will be in the 1500m run.
Seminoles.com will be on hand for all the action in Iowa and will have recaps following each day of action.
Below is a breakdown of additional information for fans and for coverage of the 2011 Championships, including tickets, television coverage and events to watch.
TICKETS: All-session passes and single-day tickets are still available by calling (515) 271-DOGS or visiting www.NCAA.com/tickets.
TELEVISION: CBS will provide television coverage on Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s coverage, from 1-3 p.m. (ET), will be carried on the CBS network, with Ian Eagle calling the action, along with analysis and interviews from Larry Rawson, Carol Lewis and Dan O’Brien. Coverage on Friday, June 10, will be provided from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
ONLINE/WEBSTREAM: The entire NCAA Championships will stream live online at NCAA.com, and feature two separate streams to cover the majority of the action both on the track and with the field events. Fans and media can find all the information they desire throughout the NCAA Championships on the official Drake Athletics website, www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com. Look for the Championships Central page, which will feature updated information throughout the meet.
SCHEDULE (all times Eastern):
Wednesday, June 8-Decathlon, 1p; Field events 4p; Running events 6:30-10:30p.
Thursday, June 9-Decathlon/heptathlon, 1p; Field events, 4p; Running events, 6:30-10:30p.
Friday, June 10-Field events, 4p; Heptathlon, 5p; Running events, 7:35-9:30p.
Saturday, June 11-Field events, 12p; Running events, 1-3.
A complete schedule of events can be downloaded here.