April 14, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The week before the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, the Florida State track and field team will send eight individuals to Walnut, Calif., and Miami, Fla., for one last chance at competition before the championships season begins.
Heading South To Hurricane Country... Four sprinters and one jumper will travel to Miami, Fla., for the Miami Gatorade Invitational on Saturday, April 16. Junior LaKendra McColumn is the team's leading hurdler with regional qualifying marks in the 100m and 400m hurdles. Senior Olympian Kimberly Walker is the team's leading sprinter with regional qualifying times in the 100m and 200m events and as the anchor leg of the women's 4x100m relay team. Sophomore Dana Massiah is tied for first place on the team with junior All-American Evelyne-Cynthia Niako in the 400m dash with a mark of 55.85. Niako has regionally qualified in the 200m. Senior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, Fla./Florida A&M) will participate in the triple jump event.
Cross Country Carnival... Three members of Florida State's distance squad will head to the Mt. SAC Relays at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., on Friday, April 15, 2005. Juniors Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) and Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/ Loughborough) will compete in the 3000m steeplechase while sophomore All-American Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) is entered in the 1500m event. All have regional qualifying marks and sit in the top 15 in the nation in other events.
Dix Owns Fastest 2005 100m Time On The Planet... Florida State two-time All-American freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) ran a wind-aided 9.96 in winning the 100m dash at the 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The mark is the fastest all-conditions time in the world for the 2005 season. The youngest starter and fastest of two heats, ran with a group that included 11 professionals and three other collegians. The mark does not count towards regional qualifying standards or the FSU-record books because the wind was illegal at 4.5. The rookie is coming off an impressive indoor season in which he finished in second place in the 200m dash and sixth place in the 60m dash at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Among the Nation's Best... Eight Tribe members are listed in the Top-20 of their respective events in the nation. Dix is third in the 100m dash with a time of 10.13 which he ran at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. Senior Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) is fourth in the shot put with a distance of 63'4.25" (19.31m) while redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson's (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) throw of 62'3.75" (5.05m) is seventh. Lemoncello and Lancashire are fifth in the country in the 10000m (28:44.97) and 800m (1:48.30) events, respectively. The men's 4x100m relay is seventh and the men's 4x400m relay is eighth. Sitting just outside of the top ten are junior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) is 10th in the triple jump, senior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) is 16th in the 1500m and freshman Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) is 18th in the 400m hurdles.
Scott Wins at Prestigious Texas Relays... Scott won the University/College Section A division of the shot put at the 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Saturday, April 16. He threw a season-best distance of 63'4.25" (19.31m) in his third shot put event win of the season. His mark is currently fourth in the nation and leads the conference.
The Class of 2006... The junior class at FSU is getting national attention on the women's side of track and field. Juniors LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson), Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope), Barbara Parker and LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) are 6th, 10th, 11th and 14th nationally, in their respective events. LeGree jumped a career-best 42'10.75" (13.07m) at the Yellow Jacket Invite in Atlanta, Ga. Lane won the heptathlon at the Florida Relays behind a career-best 5231 points to provisionally qualify. In her first event as a Seminole, Parker posted a regional qualifying mark of 4:23.86 in the 1500m event. McColumn, also a qualifier in the 100m hurdles, ran a 400m hurdles time of 58.97 at the Seminole Invitational for her top-15 spot in the country.
ACCs on the Horizon... The biggest meet to hit Tallahassee since 1992 will take place in less than two weeks. The 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex at The Florida State University from April 21-23, 2005. The three-day meet will showcase some of the nation's most talented teams and individuals. FSU last hosted the meet in 1992. Current Seminole associate head coach Harlis Meaders was the discus champion that year and a member of the men's championship North Carolina team.
Recent Regional Qualifiers... Lancashire qualified at the Seminole Invitational in the 800m run with a time of 1:48.30. McColumn added the 400m hurdles to her regional berths list with her 58.97 clip and was joined by teammate Lane in the 100m hurdles regional event with her 13.83 time at the Seminole Invitational. Senior Courtney Wright (Bartonsville, Ill./Limestone Community) jumped 24'4.5" (7.43m) in the long jump to earn a regional berth. Sophomore Matt Hurley's (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) Texas Relays' height of 16'6.75" (5.05m) was enough for the regional pole vault standard. The men's 4x400m relay team joined the regional qualifiers list, running a time of 3:06.15 at the Texas Relays.