March 13, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Florida State is represented by 16 athletes at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque (N.M.) Convention Center, which will be contest March 14-15. A total of nine women and seven men have qualified in 10 events.
The field of contestants is made up of the top 16 athletes nationally, based on times/marks, in 15 individual events, as well as the top 12 relay teams in the two relay events. The top eight finishers in each event score and also earn first-team All-American honors.
Seminoles James Harris and Jonathan Reid are the top seeded athletes among the FSU men competing. Harris is the No. 2 seed in the high jump, while Reid is the No. 2 seed in the triple jump. Dentarius Locke is the No. 4 seed in the 60-meter dash. FSU's 4x400 relay team is the No. 5 seed. The Florida State men enter the meet ranked No. 7 in this week's USTFCCCA Computer Rankings.
On the women's side, Colleen Quigley and Linden Hall are seeded 1-2 in the mile run. Der'Renae Freeman is the No. 7 seed in the long jump while the distance medley relay team is seeded No. 8. The Seminole women bring a two-year high No. 9 ranking into the meet.
String of All-American milers on the line
The streak began in 2006 with Natalie Hughes, who was also an All-American in the event in 2004, and includes Barbara Parker (2007), Hannah England (2008, champion), Pilar McShine (2009, 2010), Amanda Winslow (2011), Hannah Brooks (2012) and Winslow (2013), again.
`Noles coming off rare ACC title sweep
The Seminoles completed the job on March 1 at the conclusion of the three-day meet at Clemson. The men withstood challenges from North Carolina and Notre Dame and sealed the deal with a third-place finish in the final event - the 4x400 relay. Dentarius Locke (60), James Harris (high jump), Jonathan Reid(triple jump) and Paul Madzivire (long jump) won individual titles for the men.
FSU's women recorded just the second title in program history and the first since 2009 by out-pointing runner-up Duke by a comfortable margin. The Seminoles stacked up high-point totals in the 5000, mile, long jump, shot put and weight throw to claim the crown. Colleen Quigley (mile), Der'Renae Freeman (long jump) and Marecia Pemberton (60) won individual titles.
Braman claimed his sixth such honor after overseeing FSU's sweep of the ACC titles. Nobles, FSU director of field events, saw his jumps athletes contribute 53 points to FSU's 97-point win total at the ACC meet.
ESPN3 coverage for NCAA Indoors
Sat., March 15, 7:50 p.m. http://es.pn/1nVPfcX
(Streaming times are Mountain Time Zone)
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