Oct. 19, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the last two seasons, the Florida State men’s track and field team has had to go on the road to start its quest for its back-to-back NCAA Outdoor National Championships. However, the Seminoles will be able to sleep in their own beds when they go for their third title in a row. Florida State’s Mike Long Track Complex has been selected as the host site for the 2008 NCAA East Region Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 30-31, 2008.
“We’re really excited about having the opportunity to host the East Regional,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We’ve got a great facility and the addition of the new team building is only going to enhance the experience. In the past we haven’t had a chance to showcase our best athletes when they are near the top of their game in front of hometown fans so we’re really excited to have this meet in Tallahassee.”
The Seminoles have won the last three East Region championships, but have had to travel to Gainesville (2007), Greensboro, N.C. (2006) and Randalls Island, N.Y. (2005) to do so. The last time Florida State hosted a championship track and field event was 2005 when FSU played host to the ACC Outdoor Championships.
On Saturday the men’s track and field team will be recognized for its back-to-back NCAA Outdoor National Championships at the Florida State-Miami football game. The Seminoles will take to the field between the third and fourth quarters. In addition, seven-time NCAA champion Walter Dix will be presented with his 2006-07 ACC Male Athlete of the Year award.