April 14, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field squads will make the trek to Clemson University this weekend for the 2010 ACC Outdoor Championships set to run Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17.
The Seminole men have a chance to accomplish a feat that has not been attained since 1988 as they begin their drive for a sixth-consecutive ACC Outdoor Championship. FSU would become the second school in ACC history to win six consecutive or more since 1954. NC State captured six straight from 1983-88, while Maryland won an impressive 24 in a row from 1956-1979.
FSU will enter competition with the ACC’s top mark in 7 of the 21 events, while 25 athletes will be in action for the Seminoles. Making his 2010 debut for FSU will be sophomore Kevin Borlee who will likely compete in the 400m dash and as a member of the 4x400m relay squad.
The sprints and jumps will look to score several points for the Seminole men as the duo of Brandon Byram and Maurice Mitchell along with freshman David Ambler will look to make an impact in the 100m and 200m. Meanwhile, in the horizontal and vertical jumps transfer Marlon Woods, the nation’s leader in the long jump, will look to claim his first ACC title, while the pair of Brian Chibudu and Ngoni Makusha aim to join Woods on the podium.
Michael Putman will also look to add points for the Seminoles as the ACC leader in both the shot put and discus will be battling for his third and fourth All-ACC honors.
The Seminole women will have a very familiar leader as 2010 Indoor Track & Field Performer of the Year Kim Williams will vie for her seventh consecutive triple jump crown and also attempt to defend her 2009 ACC Long Jump title.
Similar to the men’s squad the sprints will have a large amount of Seminole flavor as Marecia Pemberton (100m), Candyce McGrone (200m) and Britany St. Louis (400m) enter the weekend with the top times in the ACC in their respective events.
The FSU women claimed their second outdoor ACC title in school history a year ago and look to keep their streak of 18 consecutive top 4 finishes at the outdoor championships in tact this weekend.
Action gets under way at 10 a.m. on Thursday with the women’s javelin before the men’s decathlon begins at 12:30 p.m. followed by the women’s heptathlon at 2:30 p.m. The men’s and women’s 10,000m will be contested in the evening while the majority of action begins Friday afternoon at Clemson’s Rock Norman Track.