May 5, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field program will host its last home meet of the season in the Seminole Twilight, May 7-8 at the Mike Long Track. Seminole fans will have another chance to watch former Seminole and Olympian Walter Dix as he is scheduled to compete Saturday during the Elite Section.
In the Garnet and Gold’s last chance to perform in front of the home crowd, FSU Assistant Coach Ken Harnden, the meet director, has created a European style format in that there will be an Elite Section featuring several of the world’s top athletes competing in their respective events. The Elite Section will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday with the long jump and will finish at 7:56 p.m. with the men’s 4x400m relay. Rather than a normal meet where fans wait for the most exciting events to take place, Coach Harnden and the rest of the Seminole family have strategically planned the event schedule so fans can come between 6-8 p.m. and watch the most elite athletes, collegiate and professional, compete side by side.
“We are trying to do something new,” Coach Harnden said. “We want to create interest in the community and people to come out to support our athletes. We are bringing in some world-class people like Kim Williams. We have shortened the meet a little bit in that we now have an elite section in which fans can come during those two hours.”
Among the talented group of professional athletes competing will be Dix (two-time Bronze Olympic medalist), Brian Dzingai (two-time Olympian and four-time World Champion qualifier), Michael Bingham (World Champion Silver medalist and Olympian), Dorian Scott (Olympian), Lacey Janson (Olympic Trials and two-time NCAA Champion) and Olivia Borlee (Olympic Silver medalist).
“The Elite Section is going to move a lot quicker” Coach Harnden said. “There will be about five minutes in between events which will give us time to introduce the next group and interview the winners. We will have constant action. We will have some field events going on and then will have a condensed version of a regular meet. We have picked events that have the best entry levels that will have better competition.”
Not only will the meet be stacked with unbelievable professional athletes, current collegiate athletes from Florida State slated to compete are David Ambler (New Zealand record holder), Brandon Byram (USA Champion semifinalist and two-time All-American), Maurice Mitchell (USA Championship qualifier and two-time All-American), Kevin Borlee (two-time Olympian, Belgian record holder and World Championship finalist) and Brian Chibudu (Canadian Champion and two-time All-American).
The women’s side will also feature several athletes with credentials in four-time NCAA Champion Kim Williams, three-time All-American Pilar McShine, two-time All-American Teona Rodgers, Marecia Pemberton who currently holds the nation’s second fastest 100m time, and Candyce McGrone who holds the NCAA’s 10th fastest 200m time.
“This meet is going to be really interesting and the fact that Walt is coming back to town is great,” Coach Harnden said. “It’s a big deal to have him return for the second time this season and it’s always great when he competes here. We hope he will attract even more people.”
All information regarding the Seminole Twilight can be found on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available on www.halfmiletiming.com. Admission to the Mike Long Track is free and fans are encouraged to come during the Elite Section as free t-shirts will be thrown out into the crowd.