May 8, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For several members of the Florida State track and field team this weekend could be their last home meet of the season. On the other hand, if they score a regional qualifying mark during the Seminole Twilight, May 9-10, they will be back on Mike Long Track when FSU plays host to the NCAA East Regional Championships at the end of the month.
“This should be a good weekend for a lot of athletes to post regional marks,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “There are a decent number of athletes coming in from other schools who already have regional marks to get a feel for the track and others trying to get into regionals so there should be some solid competition. With the exception of a few athletes, we really haven’t had anyone in competition since the ACC meet so they should be well rested and ready to go.”
The men come into the meet ranked fourth in the country by the USTFCCCA while the women check in at No. 22. Florida State’s senior class will be recognized at 6:20 p.m. after the 200m dash.
The two-day competition kicks off Friday (May 9) with the decathlon competition in the morning with field events commencing at 4 p.m.
Included in Friday’s competition will be NCAA Indoor Heptathlon champion Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) in the pole vault along with fellow Indoor All-America Ngoni Makusha (Mandedza, Zimbabwe) in the long jump.
The Twilight Distance Carnival starts at 8:35 p.m. on Friday with the collegiate steeplechase followed by the collegiate 5,000m run and high school 3,200m run.
Saturday’s action starts with field events at 10 a.m. and proceeding throughout the day. The track events will run a similar schedule to that of the final day of the East Regional. Florida State’s top teams will be in action in both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relays, which open the day’s competition at 4:30 p.m. FSU will also field its top teams in the 4x400m relay at 7:30 pm.
Making her outdoor season debut will be NCAA Indoor 3,000m champion Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands). She headlines a field in the 1500m run, set for 7:50 p.m., that includes All-Americans Barbara Parker and Hannah England (Oxford, England) as well as Pilar McShine (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago).
An All-American in the 100m and 200m dashes, junior Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) will try his hand at the 400m dash for the first time in his collegiate career at 5:35 p.m. Also in action on the men’s side is Andrew Krumins (Melbourne, Australia) as he tries to improve his regional mark in the 800m, which goes off at 5:55 p.m.
The featured sprint event of the day will be the women’s 200m dash, set for 6:30 p.m. Senior Dana Massiah (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) and junior Nicole Marcus (Tallahassee, Fla.) are on the cusp of a regional mark while rookie Brittany St. Louis (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) is running the event for the first time during the outdoor campaign.
High school runners will be back in action on Saturday as well with the 1600m run going off at 7:15 p.m.
For a complete schedule and results, log on to www.seminoles.com