January 20, 2010 - by
‘Noles Head Back To VT

Jan. 20, 2010

The Florida State track and field programs (Men-No. 1/Women-No. 4) will take their second trip to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend for the Virginia Tech Hokie Invitational but rather than just traveling field performers like last weekend, the Seminoles will be joined by a few track performers hoping to kick-off their season on a high note.

“We are pretty much hitting full stride here with this meet,” FSU Head Coach Bob Braman said. “Our All-Americans are going to get after it and open up their season this week. It’s exciting to get the indoor season started. The only exception to that is distance who will open up next week. It’s going to be exciting to see how good of a fall and winter training we had.”

The `Noles face stiffer competition this weekend at the Rector Fieldhouse including Georgia (Men-No. 19), South Carolina (Men-No. 12/Women-No. 7), Tennessee (Women-No. 12) and conference rivals Clemson (Women-No. 9) and Virginia Tech (Men and Women-No. 13).

Slated to compete for the women for the first time this season will be sprinters Danielle Jeffrey and Kim Williams in jumps.

Returning athletes from last weekend will be Callie Giffin and Allyn Laughlin looking to continue improving in their field events while Amy Harris attempts to better her already two NCAA provisional marks in the triple and long jump.

As for the men, Gonzalo Barroilhet and Ngoni Makusha will be opening their season on the field with Maurice Mitchell and Brandon Byram setting the tone on the track.

Throwers Michael Putman and Travis Whitfield will also be looking to better last weekend’s marks in hopes of earning their qualifications for nationals.

Competition will begin Friday, January 22, at 5 p.m. and finish on Saturday afternoon. Fans can keep with the meet results on Flash Results.

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