March 20, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Less than a week after competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships, Florida State will get back on track with the first event of the outdoor season–the FSU Snowbird Invitational. Fifteen teams from around the nation will come together in Tallahassee this weekend for a two-day meet starting Friday March 21 at 11:00 a.m.
With the indoor season out of the way, the Seminoles will turn their focus on the team’s bread and butter: outdoor competition. The men enter the season hoping to bring home a third-straight national title for the men’s squad. Five All-Americans from last year’s NCAA Championship team will return to compete for that coveted third title.
Joining the quest for the three-peat in the outdoor season is transfer All-American Ray Taylor, an individual national champion last year in the triple jump. The Seminoles also boast a talented trio of freshmen who earned indoor All-American status last weekend.
For the women’s team, the outdoor season offers to continue their steady climb up the charts. The Seminole women have posted their program-best finish two years in a row topping out at 14th place in the outdoor competition. But with All-Americans Susan Kuijken, Keyla Smith and Kandia Batchelor returning to the track in garnet and gold this year, the team hopes to crack the top ten.
Florida State also adds a collection of talented newcomers including sophomore Kim Williams who both earned All-American nods at the indoor national championships last weekend.
The Seminoles will host five meets this season, culminating May 30-31 when the NCAA East Regional Championships are held in Tallahassee at the Mike Long Track.
Fans can also see highlights from the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend on ESPN2 today, March 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.