April 22, 2010 - by
FSU To Compete At Respected Penn Relays

April 22, 2010


After an exciting performance last weekend the featured the Florida State men’s track and field team (No. 4) taking first place and the women (No. 4) earning second place at the ACC Championships, both squads will continue to build on their success as they travel to the 2010 Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., beginning Thursday, April 22-24.


“The best part of these relays is being on TV and getting exposure in front of 50,000 people,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Because of the conference meet, we are not going to compete a lot of our athletes until the Seminole Twilight.”


As the largest annual track and field meet in the world, the esteemed Penn Relays has been a huge production for the last 116 years. Several of the world’s elite athletes and nation’s top collegiate track and field programs will be featured in this year’s competition at the Franklin Field including three-time Olympic medalist Usain Bolt and former Seminole and two-time Olympic medalist Walter Dix.


“I think it’s great for the kids to be running against the world’s elite athletes,” Coach Braman said. “They really won’t line up against those athletes, but to be in the next race and be elbow to elbow with them in the warm-up area is a pretty cool deal for the kids.  Because of those world champions, you’re going to have all those people watching us before they watch them. It’s great exposure for the program.”


Among the schools FSU will battle against are in-state rival Florida (Men-No. 1/Women No. 5), Texas A & M (Men-No. 2/Women- No. 1), Oregon (Men-No. 3/ Women-No. 3), Texas Tech (Men-No. 5) and LSU (Women-No. 2).


“I think the most exciting this for us is going to be the women’s 4x100m relay which is one of the best in the country and the women’s 4x200m event which is not a NCAA event,” Coach Braman said. “It’s still exciting to run in the 4×200 because we can challenge our school record and maybe be recognized as the best 4×200 team in the country. The ladies are really excited about those two relays.”


Slated to compete for the women will be sprinters Candyce McGrone, Marecia Pemberton, Teona Rodgers and Danielle Jeffrey who look to make strides in the 4x100m and 4x200m.


“We are taking a men’s distance group with us,” Coach Braman added. “They will be in the Championships of America which is the top 12 in the country. They will get to compete at a high level. The distance medley isn’t an NCAA event, but it gives us a chance to get ranked nationally. Wes Rickman will be chasing a regional mark in the 5000m.”


As for the men, the distance group in Wes Rickman, Nathan Duby, Matt Leeder, Darrin Gibson and David Forrester will be representing FSU in the distance medley relay and the 5,000m.


Fans can keep up with the meet on all three days on www.pennrelaysonline.com.


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