Jan. 31, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - As the season builds toward the ACC and NCAA Indoor Championships in March, Florida State's track and field squads head to Lincoln, Neb. this Friday, Feb. 1, for the 33rd Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.
Each weekend as the season progresses, Florida State seems to be unveiling another section of its decorated track and field squad. This weekend will mark the first competition of the season for the Seminole distance runners, including seniors Kirsten Hagen, Audrey Hand and Andrew Krumins.
Hagen, a high school indoor All-American, starts her final season for the Garnet & Gold hoping to improve on her career best time in the mile of 4:59.60, set in the prelims at last year's ACC Indoor Championships. Teammate and fellow Virginia-native Hand will make her first indoor appearance since 2006, also trying to build on her career-best mile run mark of 5:04.44.
On the men's side, Australian transfer Krumins heads to Nebraska hoping to translate his outdoor track prowess into indoor success. In his first season with the Seminoles last year, Krumins qualified for the NCAA East Regional with a time of 1:50.00 in the 800m at the ACC Championships.
Joining the senior distance runners in Lincoln is a promising class of up-and-coming runners looking to continue Florida State's winning tradition. Among the new talent on the team is freshman Matt Leeder, a decorated cross country and outdoor track star from Canada who boasts personal-bests of 1:52.30 in the 800m and 3:45.5 in the 1500m. The Seminole men's squad will also benefit from the addition of sophomore transfer Daniel Roberts, a three-time NAIA All-American in the mile run and the 5000m. Roberts set a school record at Cedarville with his third-place 4:10.12 in the mile.
After an all-star cross country season, sophomore Pilar McShine returns to the track this season hoping to improve on her impressive freshman season. McShine posted a career-best 3000m time of 10:54.17 at the Diet Pepsi Challenge in 2007, her only experience in indoor competition. But if her outdoor success is any indication, the 10-time Carifta Games medalist in the 1500m, 800m and 300m could develop into one of the Seminoles' top indoor runners.
Also among the group making the trip to Nebraska this weekend are All-American sprinters Keyla Smith and Charles Clark; throwers Matt Wernke, Caila Coleman and Allyn Laughlin; jumpers Tim Reen and Andrew Bachelor; and pole vaulter Tori Allen.
Following the two-day meet in Nebraska, Florida State will return home to prepare for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational Feb. 8-9 in New York, N.Y.