May 23, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State track and field teams (men No. 3/women No. 25) are set to compete in the first round of the NCAA Championships May 26-28 on the campus of the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.
Making the trek to the Hoosier State will be 18 FSU women competing in 12 events and 20 FSU men competing in 14 events.
“I’m very pleased with how we qualified and how we stack up for the upcoming first Round of the NCAA Championships,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We need to be at our absolute best if our men are going to contend for a National Championship and our women are going to earn a top-10 national finish.”
Williams, who recently set a personal record by leaping to an incredible distance of 14.25m in the triple jump while in Jamaica, is the collegiate leader in the event. Makusha leads the nation in the men’s long jump and Mitchell boasts the top time in the 200m dash in the east this year.
Williams will also compete in the women’s long jump and Makusha will be featured in the men’s 100m dash where he boasts the country’s second-fastest time and in the 4x100m relay. In addition to the 200m dash, Mitchell will also compete alongside Makusha in the 100 as well as in the 4×100 and 4x400m relays.
FSU will be well represented in the distance events, with Violah Lagat running in the 800, Amanda Winslow and Hannah Brooks running in the 1500 and Jessica Parry running in the 5000. On the men’s side, Ciaran O’Lionaird will pull double-duty in the 5000 and 10000m runs while Darrin Gibson will be in the 800, Alex Smyth in the 1500, David Forrester and Nicholas Maedel in the 5000 and Wes Rickman and Seth Proctor in the 10000.
Here is a complete list of FSU competitors and the events:
This marks the second year of the new format, as Florida State again joins all 200 colleges and universities east of the Mississippi in the East Preliminary Round (now called the first round) that will include over 2,500 athletes.
The top 48 athletes from the region in their respective event were selected to participate in the first round with 12 advancing to the final site in Des Moines, Iowa. There will be no team score as the meet will only be used to qualify those specific athletes for the NCAA Championships.
Fans can keep up with all of the action in Bloomington by logging on to NCAA.com.