May 12, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State track and field team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the Georgia Tech Invitational at George C. Griffin Track from Friday, May 13 to Saturday, May 14, 2005.
The meet is the final chance for some Tribe members to qualify for the 2005 NCAA East Regional Championships, taking place on Randall's Island in New York from May 27-28. 16 men have posted 24 regional marks for FSU while both relays are set to run at the event. Six have two marks while junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) has met the regional standard in three events.
On the women's side, eight FSU student-athletes have 14 marks as well as the 400m- and 1600m-relays and are ready to compete in at the regional championships. Senior Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad/Polytechnic), junior Evelyne Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson), junior Barbara Parker, junior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb), junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Sephenson), junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) and sophomore Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) are all entered in two events.
The Seminoles wrapped up the 2005 home meet schedule with the Seminole Twilight. The throwing corps had a great meet, with redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) breaking the track record and sophomore Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) bettered her regional qualifying and career-best discus mark to 163'3" (49.75m).
On the track, junior transfer Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) narrowly missed qualifying for her third event, running 2:10.05 in the 800m, .25 seconds shy of the regional standard.
Senior Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toloedo) ran a season-best 10.67 in the 100m to move into the top ten in the conference. Sterling also recorded a 21.68 in the 200m, right behind freshman Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) who posted his second 200m regional qualifying mark at 21.09.
After the Georgia Tech Invitational, Florida State will take two weeks to prepare for the NCAA East Regional Championships.