April 4, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – The first Top 25 poll of the outdoor track and field season was released Tuesday by TrackWire.com with the Seminole men on top with 62 points. Head coach Bob Braman knows his team is ready to enter the fight for the national crown once again this season.
“We are definitely excited about the ranking,” Braman said. “You can see the guys are really, really hungry to get back on top of the podium. Finishing second at the indoor NCAA meet did not sit too well with us, so these guys are real excited and I can tell they are after that outdoor title big time.”
Although it has only been a month since the beginning of the outdoor season, the Seminoles have already produced top results, particularly in the sprints. Greg Bolden and Charles Clark currently lead the ACC in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes, respectively. Also leading the conference in the 10,000 meters is Andrew Lemoncello who automatically qualified at the Stanford Invitational last weekend.
“Ideally, we would like to run the national championship next week but we know we have to wait until June like always,” Braman said. “So it is flattering and exciting and where we want to be right now. We want to atone for not winning the indoor NCAA title and come back and defend the outdoor crown.”
“But what this is really about is staying healthy because we have the right people to win it. We just have to continue to stay healthy, work hard and perform well at all the meets leading up to the nationals and position ourselves well, much like we did last year.”
This is just the first poll of the outdoor track and field season and the Seminoles are projected to win with 62 points over second-place University of Southern California’s 40 points. Rounding out the top five this week is No. 3 Auburn, 34, No. 4 Arizona, 33, and at No. 5 indoor champions Wisconsin with 32 points.
“Right now we know what we have to do as the next seven or eight weeks unfold in front of us,” Braman said. “Hopefully we will come out as repeat champions in the end.”