Florida State Heads to ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

Tallahassee, FL - The Florida State men’s and women’s indoor track teams are headed to Virginia Tech for the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The action begins Thursday and will continue through Saturday, Feb. 26.

Live coverage of the three-day event will be available on The ACC Network on theACC.com on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Additionally, more information, including live results, can be found by visiting the official championship website: http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-itf-championship.html.

The FSU men’s team is looking to maintain its stranglehold on the league competition as it goes for its eighth consecutive indoor title and ninth overall.

Six of those titles have come under head coach Bob Braman’s watch.

“This weekend is obviously very important,” Braman said. “For one, we have that streak going but we also are working towards the ACC Triple Crown. That is something that has rarely been accomplished on the men’s side while the women did it a few years ago. There are a lot of real significant things riding on this weekend.

“If we can go up there and perform well and then stay relatively injury free in outdoors, we would at least have the chance to do something that has never been done before.”

FSU will be guided this weekend by a cast of men’s student-athletes that have had terrific indoor seasons thus far.

Some of the key Seminoles include Ngoni Makusha, Michael Putman, Maurice Mitchell and Brandon Byram. While FSU is poised to continue its dominance while being led by these individuals, Braman knows another conference crown won’t come easy.

“It’s going to be a battle with Virginia Tech and North Carolina just like it was a battle last year,” Braman said. “It could have to any one of us three last year. During our streak we have had some real nail-biters. We have never been the underdog before as a coaching staff and on paper Virginia Tech is the favorite.”

On the women’s side, the Seminoles aren’t the favorites but they are close to the favored Clemson Tigers.

Paced by National Champion Kim Williams, Pasca Cheruiyot, Teona Rodgers, as well as several other senior student-athletes, Florida State has the benefit of a plethora of veteran leadership.

Like the men, the women are in contention for the ACC Triple Crown.

“We are really good on the women’s side in distance events and are really good in the jumps among other things,” Braman said. “There will be a lot of head-to-head battles with Clemson. We are really proud of the women and what they have done this year. They have a shot.”

2011 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 24

12 p.m. Women’s Pentathlon: 60mH, HJ, SP, LJ, 800m

12:20 p.m. Men’s Heptathlon: 60m, LJ, SP, HJ

Friday, Feb. 25

11 a.m. Men’s Heptathlon: 60mH, PV, 1000m

12 p.m. Field Events: HJ (M), LJ (W), Weight Throw (W), Weight Throw (M), LJ (M), PV (W), HJ (W)

2 p.m. Running Events (Qualifying): Mile, 60mH, 400m, 60m, 800m, 200m

6:10 p.m. Running Events (Final): 5000m, Distance Medley Relay

Saturday, Feb. 26

11 a.m. Field Events: SP (W), TJ (W), PV (M), SP (M), TJ (M)

12 p.m. Running Events (Final): Mile, 60mH, 400m, 60m, 800m, 200m, 3000m, 4x400m Relay


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