February 11, 2010 - by
FSU Set For Big Weekend

Feb. 11, 2010

Continuing preparation for the upcoming championship season, the Florida State track and field programs (Men- No. 2/ Women- No. 10) will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas for its toughest meet of the season so far in the Tyson Invitational, while the distance squad takes to the track at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Washington. Both meets will take place Friday and Saturday, February 12-13.

“We’re excited to be getting into the meat of the indoor track schedule now,” FSU Head Coach Bob Braman said. “This will be a really important tune-up for the ACC Championships in two weeks and will also be an outstanding chance to earn some national qualifying marks. The Tyson meet is the best regular-season meet for sprints and field events, and the Husky Invite is the premier distance carnival of the indoor season.”

Known as one of the premier meets of the indoor season, FSU will face stiff competition at the Tyson Invitational from host Arkansas (Men- No. 8/ Women- No. 11), Florida (Men- No. 3/ Women- No. 5), Oklahoma (Men- No. 9/ Women- No. 19), Oregon (Men and Women- No. 4), and ACC rivals Virginia Tech (Men-No. 12/Women-No. 21), North Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech.

Senior Charles Clark will lead the men this weekend as the `Nole looks to open his 2010 season alongside newcomer Avis Commack and sophomore Maurice Mitchell.

Throwers Michael Putman and Travis Whitfield look to both improve their marks in order to earn their first provisional marks of the season.

Jumps will also be well represented in Brian Chibudu, Andrew Bachelor and Aaron Steele.

On the women’s front, jumpers Kim Williams and Amy Harris look to continue bettering their already NCAA provisional marks with thrower Allyn Laughlin and Caila Coleman still vying for their ticket to nationals.

Hitting the track will be sprinters Teona Rodgers and Candyce McGrone alongside Amanda Quick and Christina Woytalewicz who will be competing in the distance events.

Pole vaulters Liz Mabry and Lauren Giffin look to also earn their ticket to nationals.

Slated to battle at the Husky Invitational will be junior Matt Leeder and newcomers Ciaran O’Lionard and David Forrester on the men’s front while senior Pilar McShine, sophomore Jennifer Dunn, freshman Amanda Winslow and Emily Ness representing the women.

Live stats for the Tyson Invitational can be found on www.flashresults.com and on www.gohuskies.com for the Husky Invitational. Fans can also check out www.seminoles.com for daily recaps and results of the meets.

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