FAMU track and field ready for action

Track and Field team at Clemson meet last year. Photo courtesy FAMUAthletics.com

The Florida A&M men’s and women’s track and field seasons will look a lot different this year, as practices have resumed.

Based on the university, coaches and the athletic department have plans to provide a safe environment for runners. The NCAA has some rules in place, which requires athletes to get tested regularly and have masks on while indoors. When athletes are outside, they don’t have to wear a mask.

Markiel Ross, a sophomore sprinter, expressed his thoughts on the upcoming season.

“I’m excited for this upcoming season. We have a great team, and everyone is working hard to get better. Of course, the virus plays a big role in everything and has the possibility of affecting our season. I feel that the university is doing everything they can to ensure everyone is healthy and safe during these times,” Ross said.

Sophomore, Xavier Green, who originally went to Florida International University, transferred to FAMU because the school didn’t have the utensils he was looking for.

“Famu was originally my number one school coming out of high school. The main things I wanted were here at FAMU. I came in and instantly connected with the other runners and the head coach,” Green said.

Brandon Love, a junior sprinter, says he has high expectations for this upcoming season.

“I’m excited for this upcoming season and have high expectations, if it happens. I am unsure of how the season will operate because of the virus. I’m hoping that everyone can follow safety protocols so that the season will be possible; however, I know that my teammates are practicing,” Love said.

Brandon Love made news as he was selected to participate in the NFL events and club business development experience program.

This program is a two-prong approach serving as both a mentorship and professional development program, that introduces the career path of sports and event production to the students.

Love gave an insight on what he’ll be doing in this program and how this opportunity came across his attention.

“This is an experience ship so most of my time is spent with a mentor who will help show me the inner workings of the NFL. I will also spend time sitting in on meetings building a strong network and gaining more knowledge and experience,” Love said.

For Love to land this opportunity as a sophomore in college is a big accomplishment. This will open the door to more opportunities within the NFL. Sports have always been a passion for him and he hopes to continue to work in the sports industry in the future.

To stay updated on track and field events, visit FAMUAthletics.com