Nov. 30, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At the end of the 2004-05 season, many on the Florida State track and field team were surprisingly ready to start the competition season all over again. Some were coming off career years and great performances while others were still putting in hard work and training to make it to the top of the nation in their respective events.
Many will get their chance this weekend, when FSU kicks off the indoor season with the first meet of the year, the Clemson Opener. The two-day meet will take place from Friday, December 2 to Saturday, December 3, 2005 at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Facility. 30 Seminoles will make the trip to start the competition season.
“This gives us a head start on the indoor track season,” said third-year head coach Bob Braman. “It’s a great opportunity for our indoor teams to see where they’re at after a good fall training season.”
Twin sisters Alyce and Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, FL/George Mason),both in their first seasons at FSU, are scheduled to compete this weekend. Alyce is an All-American jumper while Alycia is a CAA and ECAC sprint champion.
Joining the sprints group traveling to Clemson are top returnees senior All-American Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) and classmate Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain). In the jumps area, long jump anchor Charlene Walker (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) will kick off her third season and first aside Alyce.
The travel party includes a number of pole vaulters, including 2003 NCAA National Champion Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney), top incoming vaulter Tori Allen (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) and top outdoor returnee Leilani Caraballo (Miami, Fla./Lourdes Academy). On the men’s side, leading men’s vaulter Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) and multi’s athlete Matt Frith (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) should open the 2006 indoor season this weekend.
The meet is scheduled to begin on Friday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m. with the men’s distance medley relay and the women’s weight throw. The final event on Friday will be the women’s 5000m run and the men’s weight throw, slated for 7:00 p.m. Saturday begins with the shot put, 60m hurdles, high and triple jump and pole vault at 11:00 a.m., wrapping up with the women’s 4x400m relay at 3:20 p.m.