June 9, 2005
Sacramento, Calif. - Through day two of the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Alex G. Spanos Stadium in Sacramento, Calif., the Seminole men are staying on pace to post the highest team finish at a nationals meet.
Following a record setting, 19.93 performance by Arkansas' Tyson Gay in the first flight of the 200m semifinals, freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) remained true to form, running a personal best 20.18 out of lane eight. The indoor junior record holder moved into third place all-time with the mark, joining the ranks of NCAA 200m Outdoor National Champion Mike Roberson and All-American Brian Dzingai. He earned a berth in the qualifying round with the second fastest time in his flight in the opening round of the 200m dash.
"I wanted to get in a good lane for the finals so I could get a good position," said Dix, who started in lane eight for the semifinals. "If I would have run a bad time, I would have had an outside lane again and I didn't want that. I knew I had to come in the top one or two to get a good lane.
"I'm just taking it day by day," continued the NCAA East Regional 100m and 200m Champion. "This is my first time being here. We'll see how it goes this year and if it works out we'll do it again next year."
In the men's 1500m race, sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) bounced back from a tough regional outing to advance to the finals with the fourth fastest time in the first heat, 3:47.76.
Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) led off the first flight of the men's discus with two fouls before throwing 179'8" (54.76m) on his third attempt. He just missed the discus finals by four inches, finishing 13th at the national meet and second in the conference.
Missing All-American legs junior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) and freshman Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), the men's 4x400m relay finished in the third heat in 3:16.09. Senior leadoff man Greg Johnson (Miami, Fla./FIU) handed off to freshman Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) for the first exchange. Freshman Hubert Mitchell (West Pam Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes Community) ran in his first 4x400m relay of the season, handing off to anchor, junior Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge) for the final 400-meters.Friday's Schedule (June 10, 2005) 12:15 pm Women Heptathlon 100m Hurdles (D. Lane) 1:30 pm Women Heptathlon High Jump (D. Lane) 4:00 pm Women Heptathlon Shot Put (D. Lane) 5:00 pm Men Triple Jump Qualifying Round (R. Curry, W. Johnson) 5:30 pm Women Heptathlon 200m dash (D. Lane) 6:30 pm Men 4x100m Relay Final (R. Argro, D. Baker, W. Dix, K. O'Neal, R. Sterling) 6:50 pm Men 3000m Steeple Final (A. Lemoncello) 7:25 pm Men 400m Semifinal (R. Chambers) 7:30 pm Women Triple Jump Qualifying Round (L. LeGree) 8:15 pm Men Shot Put Final (D. Scott) 8:20 pm Men 100m dash Final (W. Dix)