Jan. 25, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - After a successful batch of performances at last weekend's Clemson Invitational, Florida State is eager to get back on the track for this Saturday's Tom Jones Memorial Classic. Both the men's and women's squads will travel the short distance to Gainesville, Fla. to compete in the second meet of the indoor season.
"We're starting to get more and more groups out there as the season unfolds," said head coach Bob Braman. "At Clemson, we had the women's sprints and field events competing last weekend and now we're going to get some of the men's sprints and field events competing this weekend. Every week it will be another group getting out there to start the season, which just brings us closer to seeing the complete 16-event team come to fruition."
Fifteen-time All-American and seven-time National Champion Walter Dix will be among those getting his season under way this weekend. The decorated sprinter is back for his final year with the Seminoles, hoping to defend the four national titles he currently holds in the 100m (outdoor), 200m (indoor and outdoor), and 4x100m relay (outdoor). Dix will be joined by relay teammates and fellow national champions junior Michael Ray Garvin and sophomore Charles Clark.
Also joining the Seminoles in Gainesville this weekend, making his debut for the Garnet & Gold, is senior two-time triple jump All-American Ray Taylor. A transfer from Cornell, Taylor is the reigning 2007 NCAA Outdoor triple jump champion with a career-best leap of 53'8.5" The Jamaican native chose to use his last year of eligibility with the Seminoles after setting the school and conference triple jump records at Cornell.
The men's squad will look to raise the bar set by their female counterparts at last weekend's Clemson Invite. Despite the limited number of athletes who made the trip to Clemson, the Seminole women still finished third after earning four first-place marks in the 400m, 800m, 4x400m relay and shot put.
Following the competition in Gainesville, the Seminoles will begin preparations for the Nebraska Invitational on Feb. 1 and 2.