TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Buoyed by strong performances from its distance runners Sunday at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, the Florida State men’s and women’s track & field teams can claim their highest rankings of the season in this week’s USTFCCCA Computer Polls.
The Seminole men moved up two spots to No. 3 among NCAA Division I teams, while the women are up one spot this week to No. 15 in the computer rankings, released Tuesday.
“We’re excited to be back in the mix where Florida State teams have historically been,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said of the men’s team. “Obviously this is a big move forward as we get ready for the postseason and in contention for a national championship.”
Florida State made the biggest move among the top five men’s teams, after freshman Zak Seddon registered the nation’s No. 2 time in the steeplechase (8:34.42) and senior Michael Fout clocked the No. 5 time nationally in the 10,000 meters (28:52.77) at the Payton Jordan.
The Florida State women, who were unranked two weeks ago and debuted at No. 16 last week, climbed a notch behind impressive, career-best performances by Amanda Winslow, Colleen Quigley and Kayleigh Tyerman at Stanford.
Winslow raced to the No. 10 time nationally in the 1500 (4:10.79), while Quigley is No. 4 in the 3000 steeplechase (9:52.19). Tyerman posted the nation’s 13th fastest time this season in the 5000-meter run (15:49.07).
“The women have a lot of momentum moving forward,” Braman said. “We’re excited that we’re in the hunt for a top 10 NCAA finish.”
Winslow claims second ACC weekly honor
Florida State senior Amanda Winslow collected her first ACC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Performer of the Week honor this season on the strength of her sizzling 1500-meter performance Sunday night at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on the Stanford campus.
Making her season debut at the distance against a stacked field of competitors, including several professionals, Winslow clocked a career-best 4:10.79. It is the third-fastest time in Florida State history and currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA East Preliminary rankings and No. 3 nationally.
Winslow, who was the NCAA Indoor runner-up in the mile, came into the meet with a lifetime best 1500 time of 4:13.08. She set that mark en route to a seventh-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Winslow is the third consecutive FSU woman to earn Performer of the Week honors, joining Colleen Quigley and Georgia Peel.
Seminole Twilight Set For Friday
The FSU track & field teams will close out the home schedule Friday by hosting the Seminole Twilight Meet at Mike Long Track. Approximately a dozen teams are scheduled to compete in the meet, which begins with the first field event at 3 p.m. and the on-track action getting started at 6:30 p.m.
Most of the top sprinters, hurdlers and field event personnel from the nationally-ranked Seminole men and women, are scheduled to compete. Among the teams with athletes entered are Florida (men & women) and UCF (women), which are ranked among the nation’s top teams.
There is no admission charge to attend.