Tallahassee, FL -- Last season Florida State finished one point shy of winning another national title for the men's track team. This weekend begins another run in the east preliminary.
"We really want to win this year and get a national championship going."
35 athletes will represent Florida State. From the 5th ranked men's team, eleven are seeded within the top twelve in their events. Listed among these is sprinter Maurice Mitchell, who is the defending 200m champion.
Mitchell says, "Going in there with the mindset of winning as a team and as an individual so I'm looking forward to that and hopefully I can end off on a strong note."
The men's 4x100 relay team is seeded third and once again look to contend for the title this year.
Mitchell adds, "The key is, for regionals, to stick around and for nationals see what happens. Just do what we do."
16 women will represent the garnet and gold this weekend with ten distance runners.
"We always have each other there," says senior distance runner Hannah Brooks. "It's great to go there with such a great group of girls."
Seniors Michelle Jenije and Amy Harris look to continue the success each has had jumping this season as they head to the preliminary round.
Jenije says, "Jumps are always reliable for points, for doing good things in competitions so we always love to produce."
The top 12 from each event will head to the NCAA Championships at Drake University. Which happens to be the site of Florida State's most recent national title.