Jan. 13, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field teams (Men- No. 1/ Women- No. 4) will kick-off the 2010 season Friday, January 15, in Blacksburg, Va., at the Virginia Tech Invitational. With the first event starting at 5 p.m. in the Rector Fieldhouse, FSU faces competition from five nationally-ranked opponents including Arkansas (Women-No. 17), South Carolina (Men- No. 12/ Women- No. 7) and conference foes Clemson (Women- No. 9), North Carolina (Women- No. 24) and host Virginia Tech (Men and Women- No. 13).
“We are very excited to take a small entourage of Seminoles to Virginia Tech this weekend to officially start the 2010 indoor track and field season,” FSU Associate Head Coach Harlis Meaders said. “The group will consist of primarily jumpers and throwers from both the men’s and women’s teams. This entourage is small, but very talented. The athletes we are taking this week will play keys roles as the season progresses and we prepare to defend our ACC titles from last season and push forward toward the NCAA Indoor Championships. I know the athletes and coaches are anxious to get the season started and we are looking forward to having some good, early season performances.”
Leading the men’s squad on the field will be sophomore Michael Putman (Miami, Fla.) alongside fellow thrower Travis Whitfield (Jay, Fla.). Senior Aaron Steele (Newburgh, N.Y.) and sophomore Andrew LaHaye (Orlando, Fla.) will join Putman and Whitfield on the field in the triple jump and pole vault, respectively.
“NCAA outdoor qualifier in the high jump Andrew Bachelor will lead, Michael Putman, (SP) Travis Whitfield (WT Throw), Andrew LaHaye (PV), and Aaron Steele (TJ) into the Hokie territory,” Coach Meaders added.
After earning her first NCAA All-American status last season, the `Noles will look to junior Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, Pa.) to guide the women’s field events this season beginning this weekend. Junior Caila Coleman (Tallahassee, Fla.) will also look to start the season strong in throws, while senior Liz Mabry (Gulf Breeze, Fla.), sophomores Abbey Sutton (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Callie Giffin Tyler, Texas) take care of business in the pole vault. Jumpers Amy Harris (Birmingham, England), newcomer Michelle Jenije (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Danielle Williams (Pensacola, Fla.) are also slated to compete.
“On the women’s side, the NCAA outdoor All-American Allyn Laughlin will lead teammates Caila Coleman (WT Throw), pole vaulters Liz Mabry, Abbey Sutton and Callie Giffin, horizontal jumpers Amy Harris, Michelle Jenije, and high jumper Danielle Williams,” Coach Meaders said.
Fans can keep up with the meet results as live stats will be available on Flash Results.