July 7, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Next month the Florida State track and field program will be well represented at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Seven current and future Seminoles hope to moving in that direction as they compete this week at the IAAF World Junior Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
“We’ve got a real strong group of athletes going to Poland,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “This is a great chance for them to see what it takes to compete at an elite level internationally. Particularly on the women’s side, this shows that the future is very bright for our program.”
Nearly half of the FSU contingency is comprised of American females. Freshman Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) is one of the first competitors up on Tuesday’s opening day of competition in the 100m hurdles. The next day, fellow rookie Kamorean Hayes (Charlotte, N.C.) will take part in the first round of the shot put.
Incoming sprinter Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis, Ind.) will be busy during the six-day competition. She runs her first race Tuesday in the 100m dash then comes back two days later for the prelims of the 200m dash. On Friday she will take part in 0 America’s 4x100m relay.
For the Americans there will be a familiar face on the coaching staff. FSU Assistant coach Jackie Richards will be an aide on head coach John Moon’s staff.
Two more female competitors will represent Caribbean nations. Freshman Brittany St. Louis (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) runs her first race on Tuesday during the prelims of the 400m dash. She’ll also be in competition on the next to last day of the meet as part of the country’s 4x400m relay. Incoming rookie Danielle Jeffrey (Kingston, Jamaica) will run on her nation’s 4x100m realy Friday.
On the men’s side, a pair of freshmen will take part in the competition. After appearing in the World Junior Cross Country Championships in March, Matt Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) will run in the 1500m prelims on Tuesday. Also running on the first day of competition will be Kevin Williams (Kingston, Jamaica). He is slated for the 400m dash as well as the 4x400m relay on Friday.
For complete coverage, including live stats, log on to the Championships official website: http://www.iaaf.org/WJC08/index.html.