March 3, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following an exciting weekend that saw the No. 14 Florida State men’s track and field team winning its ninth ACC Indoor title and the No. 17 women finishing in second place, both programs will split up between three meets this weekend, March 5-6, in its last chance to qualify additional Seminoles for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships just a week away. Florida State will also travel some `Noles to open the outdoor season at the UNF Spring Break Invitational Friday and Saturday.
“Indoor nationals is going to be difficult for us this year,” FSU Head Coach Bob Braman said. “We are not going to have Ngoni Makusha, Gonzalo Barroilhet or Kevin Borlee. Those are unbelievable athletes that we will have outdoor. We are looking at a men’s top 10 finish at nationals. As for the women, they will be good with Kimberly Williams, Pilar McShine, Candyce McGrone and Amy Harris. We’ve got to have a good performance on that day and that’s why we need to get a few more athletes qualified this weekend.”
While sprinters Brandon Byram (Gallatin, Tenn.) and Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis, Ind.) travel to the Iowa State Qualifier Saturday, distance runner Amanda Winslow (Lawrenceville, Ga.) will take the track for the Alex Wilson Invitational on Notre Dame’s campus both Friday and Saturday.
Returning to Virginia Tech for the fourth time this season will be sprinters David Ambler (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Maurice Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.) in addition to several field athletes as they battle at the VT Challenge Friday and Saturday. Representing the Garnet and Gold on the field will be Liz Mabry (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) in the pole vault as well as Amy Harris (Birmingham, England), Michelle Jenije (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Marlon Woods (Norfolk, Va.) in jumps.
As for the outdoor season kicking-off in North Florida, FSU will travel an array of athletes competing both on the track and on the field. Competing on the track will be Valeria Flournoy (Gainesville, Fla.), Latera Davis (Alachua, Fla.), Sarah Mackay (Orlando, Fla.) and LaSonya Rodgers (Miami, Fla.) for the women. On the men’s 3front, Logan Bradford, Pablo Navarrete (Santiago, Chile), Nathan Duby (Winter Springs, Fla.), and Daniel Silva (Miami, Fla.) will represent the `Noles.
Field events will hold multiple FSU athletes who look to start the season off right in Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, Pa.), Caila Coleman (Tallahassee, Fla.), sister’s Lauren and Callie Giffin (Tyler, Texas), Travis Whitfield (Jay, Fla.), Andrew LaHaye (Orlando, Fla.), Michael Putman (Miami, Fla.), and Aaron Steele (Newburgh, N.Y.).
Go to www.seminoles.com for daily recaps of the meets and other information regarding the Florida State track and field teams. Fans can also follow the Seminoles on Twitter @FSU_Track.