March 8, 2008
Ames, Iowa - With a week left before the NCAA Indoor Championships, Florida State track and field took advantage of two last chance meets in the Midwest to secure three more automatic bids and four provisional marks. Including the results from this weekend's Iowa State and Arkansas last chance meets, the Seminoles will most likely be sending 12 men and three women to Fayetteville, Ark. March 13 to try and win the program's first national indoor title.
"It was a pretty good weekend for us," said head coach Bob Braman. "Everyone gave it a good shot. We got done what we had to get done, which was to get Walt [Dix], Charles [Clark] and the men's relay into the national championships."
At Iowa State, senior seven-time national champion and 15-time All-American Dix posted his best 60m mark of the season in the semi-finals as he clocked a first-place time of 6.63 for his second automatic bid to NCAA Indoors. Sophomore and fellow All-American Clark flew through the 200m dash to post a first-place, automatic qualifying time of 20.83, his best of the season. Dix and Clark also notched a fourth-place automatic mark in the men's 4x400m relay with teammates Tywayne Buchanan and Pablo Navarette, as they crossed the line in 3:07.41.
"It was great to have Tywayne back running the leadoff leg in the relay," said Braman. The race in Iowa was Buchanan's first competition since injuring himself at the New Balance Invite in February.
Elsewhere in competition, senior Andrew Krummins improved on his provisional mark from earlier in the season with a 1:49.23 in the men's 800m run. Freshmen Brandon Byram and Kamorean Hayes also posted provisional marks. Byram notched a third-place 21.20 in the 200m, his collegiate best while Hayes tossed a fifth-place 50'08.25" in the women's shot put.
In Arkansas at the site of next week's championships, freshman Brian Chibudu posted his career-best long jump of 25'01.75" for his first provisional mark of the season.
"Going into the national championships, we've got 12 athletes on the men's side which should give us a decent advantage--we will probably be co-favorites," said Braman. "For the women, we will be relying on three powerhouses--Susan [Kuijken], Hannah [England] and Kim [Williams]. So we are definitely looking at two top ten teams here."
The Seminoles will head back to Fayetteville for the national meet March 14-15. Last year the men finished second while the women ended the meet tied for 30th.