March 13, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
Already the premier program during the outdoor season, the Florida State men’s track and field team will try to add an NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship to its mantle this weekend. The Seminoles take 12 men and three women competitors to the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The two-day competition kicks off Friday (March 14).
Headlining Florida State’s men’s contingency is seven-time NCAA and the two-time defending champion in the indoor 200m, senior Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla.). The USTFCCCA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year is also on the 4x400m relay with Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica) and Pablo Navarrete (Santiago, Chile.).
The sophomore Clark, who was a two-time All-American last year, is set for the 200m as well. Rounding out FSU’s trio in the 200m is junior Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) who will also double in the 60m. Senior Drew Brunson (Snellville, Ga.) is one of the favorites in the 60m hurdles. Seniors Luke Gunn (Derby, England) and Marks Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) will try to break through in the 3000m.
Unlike last year, Florida State comes into the competition with a trio of competitors in the field events. Senior Rayon Taylor (Sanguinetti, Jamaica) was an indoor All-American in the triple jump last year at Cornell then went on win the outdoor title. Rookie Ngoni Makusha (Mandedza, Zimbabwe) set the FSU indoor long jump record at 26-00.25 that rates third in the country. Also setting a school record this year was newcomer Gonzalo Barriolhet (Santiago, Chile) with his mark of 5,765 in the heptathlon.
While the women are only bringing three competitors, all three rank in the top three nationally. Freshman Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) has the top mark in the triple jump with her mark of 45-00.25 that reset the FSU indoor record. Track and cross country All-America Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) is third in the 3000m with a time of 9:08.75 that broke the FSU mark. Sophomore Hannah England (Oxford, England) is also third in the mile at 4:37.35 and she is entered in the 3000m with a time of 9:19.25.
Two media outlets have predicted the meet with different results for the Seminoles. Track Shark has Florida State winning the meet by one point, 35-34, over Tennessee. Track and Field News has FSU finishing fifth with 30 points, but just 33 back of the winner Texas. Neither publication has the women in their top ten.
Live stats and video can be found at Arkansas’ Championship Central and the meet can be seen on ESPN2 on Thursday, March 20, from 4-5:30 p.m.