Feb. 1, 2007
Florida State’s track and field squads will compete at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational this Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3. The largest meet of the indoor season is held at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in New York, NY and brings in over 100 participating colleges and universities.
“This is the biggest regular season team-scored meet of the year,” head coach Bob Braman said. “All of the cross-conference programs are going to be there, and that’s a big deal because these are the teams we’re going to go head-to-head against at the nationals.”
Arkansas, LSU and Texas are a few of the powerhouses that will be competing at the invite this weekend. The events are scored much like any other team-scored meet with first place earning 10 points, second place earning eight, third earning six and so on. The men and women are scored separately and awards are handed out to the top three teams for each.
The New Balance meet will be the debut of seniors Tom Lancashire and Andrew Lemoncello this season. Also running in their favored event will be junior Ricardo Chambers in the 400m, who finished first in the 800m run at the UF Intercollegiates on Jan. 13th. Also running in the short sprints for the first time since early January will be junior Walter Dix, seniors Greg Bolden and Cedric Nabe and sophomore Michael Ray Garvin. Bolden is the only Seminole to automatically qualify in the 60m while Dix, Nabe and Garvin all provisionally qualified.
For the women’s team the invite will be the first meet for senior Barbara Parker who will be running the mile along with junior Abi Wilshire. Senior Alyce Williams and sophomore Susan Kuijken will be sitting out this weekend with nagging injuries but are looking ahead to the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 9 and 10 for their chance to nationally qualify.
“The New Balance meet is our best competition in regards to trying to get the big individual marks for the national championship,” Braman said. “It’s a big competition for us and it’s going to start shaping the rankings. This is exciting for the team; we’ve got a fast track and great competition taking place in a big stage at The Armory in New York. This will be a really strong promoting point for our program as well.”
The New Balance Invitational will be broadcast via WebCast on Saturday and can be viewed by going to armorytrack.com. Check Seminoles.com for the meet schedule, event seeds and more information.