STANFORD, Calif. – Thursday’s visit to the San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, followed by a boat trip out to Alcatraz to tour “The Rock” marked the start of an important weekend for Florida State’s track & field teams.
With the sightseeing and team-bonding portion of the trip behind them, the Noles turn their full attention to competition at the two-day Cardinal Classic, contested Friday and Saturday at Stanford’s Cobb Track and Angell Field.
One of 22 schools in the field, FSU will use the meet to measure its progress with the postseason drawing near against quality competition. The 13th-ranked Seminole women will but heads against No. 9 Texas, No. 11 Stanford and No. 14 Harvard, as well as Cal, Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma State. FSU’s men will square off with many of the same schools, including 10th-ranked Texas and 14th-ranked Stanford.
“This trip is an awesome opportunity to start building our total team for the championship season,” said FSU coach Bob Braman, who traveled 22-member squads to Northern California. “With 19 difference events and two genders, we often get spread out and miss the interaction that makes a squad a team. “Going to the world famous San Francisco Wharf and taking the boat trip to Alcatraz is an awesome experience for the entire team.
“Competition-wise, it’ll be great and there’s no better weather anywhere in the country to hit big marks.”
Track competition will begin at 9 p.m. as James Rhoden and D’Mitry Charlton kick things off in the 400-meter hurdles. Both the men’s and women’s 800-meter races figure to provide significant competition for a pair of large groups, including Ginelle DeMone and Madison Harris on the women’s side and Jake Burton and Jaap Vellinga for the men. Shauna Helps will compete in the women’s 200-meter dash, while Mackenzie Landa is ready for a breakthrough in the 5,000.