Feb. 14, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the first time this season, much of Florida State’s top track and field talent will come together in one place for the Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas this weekend, Feb. 15-16.
“This is a very important competition for us,” said head coach Bob Braman. “It’s a very key competition for our indoor track and field team. We’re now into the middle of the overall track season, but this is our chance to get ready for the ACC Indoor Championships in a few weeks.”
Among those headed west for the weekend are returning All-Americans Kandia Batchelor, Ray Taylor, Keyla Smith, Charles Clark and Michael Ray Garvin. Seven-time NCAA Champion and 15-time All-American sprinter Walter Dix will also compete for just the second time this season.
Taylor, the defending NCAA outdoor triple jump champion, holds one of FSU’s two automatic qualifying marks this season for his 53′ 2.75″ leap at last weekend’s Husker Invitational. The second mark belongs to standout freshman Kim Williams, also a triple jumper. Williams has automatically qualified for the championship meet both times she’s competed this season, first setting a 44’0.75″ mark, then besting that career-high with a distance of 45′ 0.25″ at the Husker Invite.
Florida State also holds six provisional qualifying marks headed into Friday’s meet–two for the women and four for the men. The team hopes to add to that list this weekend.
Several of the Seminoles’ top distance runners will also be on the road this Saturday at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Washington. Senior All-American Luke Gunn and junior All-American Susan Kuijken will lead teammates Mark Buckingham and Hannah England in the 3000m race while Australian Andrew Krummins will compete in the 800m.
Following this weekend’s events, Florida State will take two weeks off to prepare for the ACC Indoor Championships Feb. 29-March 1 in Chapel Hill, N.C.