TAMPA, Fla. – There is no rest for track & field athletes, who seamlessly transition from the indoor to outdoor seasons each March, with their focus firmly on being their best when the postseason rolls around in May and June.
So one week after Florida State claimed seven All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships, led by first-teamer Stefan Brits’ third-place finish in the long jump, another group of Seminoles will embark on the outdoor season Thursday and Friday at the Bulls Invitational on the USF campus.
Led by multi-event athletes Grete Sadeiko, Melissa-Maree Farrington and Dante Newberg, who will tackle several events in preparation for the March 30 Texas Relays, a total of 29 Seminoles will open the outdoor season at USF.
Thursday’s schedule will include Sadeiko competing in the javelin and Newberg in the discus and high jump, where he will be joined by teammates Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga and Nick Medich. Armani Wallace and Christopher Daniels will tackle the men’s long jump.
Five FSU women – Madison Schmidt, Stephanie Cook, Alex Woodruff, Amanda Rigdon and Brianna Thaler – are entered in Thursday’s pole vault.
The largest contingent of Seminoles – 11 in all – will tackle the 5000-meter run. That group includes Hollis Bartlett, Mackenzie Baysinger, Sarah Candiano, Claire Igoe (competing unattached), Fatema Jaffer, Anne Kennedy, Jessica Lonas, Alex Midgett, Tara Rooney, Katie Slater and Courteney West.
Sadeiko and Farrington will kick off Friday’s ambitious schedule by competing in the 100 hurdles and high jump, joined in the later even by Hannah Acton, Hannah Welsh and Kiara Wright. Newberg, meanwhile, will tackle the 110 hurdles and shot put.
Cayman Ellis and Clayton Washburn are entered in the men’s pole vault on Friday, while Kayla Thomas will make her outdoor debut in the 1500-meter run.
Fans can monitor the action through live results at: http://www.halfmiletiming.com/live-results/2016/3.17.16usfbull/results/
Periodic Twitter updates @FSU_Track will also be provided throughout the two-day meet, as well as complete daily recaps at Seminoles.com.