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FSU Track and Field at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
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Release: 06/20/2005
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June 20, 2005

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FSU Track and Field at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Team finish - The Florida State men's track and field team won the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, NCAA East Region Championships and finished with an eighth-place indoor finish and fourth-place outdoor finish at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Here's a brief recap of the FSU performances at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships:

National Champions
Walter Dix (100m dash)
- Freshman Walter Dix became the first NCAA Outdoor National Champion for the Seminoles since Mike Roberson won the 200m dash in 1980. Dix won the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA East Region Championships 100m and 200m event titles en route to winning the national 100m title. He accumulated five All-American honors during his rookie campaign culminating with the 100m championships. The ACC Rookie of the Year also took fourth in the 200m and was the anchor of the seventh-place 4x100m relay.

All-Americans
Derrick Baker (4x100m, seventh place)
Ricardo Chambers (400m, fourth place)
Rafeeq Curry (Triple jump, fourth place)
Walter Dix (100m, first place; 200m - fourth place, 4x100m, seventh place))
Tom Lancashire (1500m, eighth place)
Andrew Lemoncello (3000m steeplechase, fourth place)
Kenny O'Neal (4x100m, seventh place)
Dorian Scott (Shot put, eighth place)
Rhoan Sterling (4x100m, seventh place)

FSU Event Finishes
The men's 4x100m relay, comprised of junior All-American Derrick Baker (Miami, Fla./Northwestern), freshman All-ACC Kenny O'Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline), senior All-American Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo) and Dix took seventh in 39.33, the second fastest time recorded by the squad this year. The relay had the tenth fastest time this season heading into the opening round of the national meet, and finished with the third best mark in Florida State school history, running a 39.30 in the preliminary round.

Freshman two-time All-America Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) ran the fourth fastest 400m time in the final, earning his second All-America honor in 45.03. The ACC and NCAA East Region Champion earned his second honor with a time of 45.03 and was the lone rookie in a group of eight that consisted of four seniors and two juniors. The five points moved FSU into a tie for second place with rival Florida.

Junior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) earned his sixth All-American honor in as many tries, recording a jump of 53'9.75" (16.41m) for five points. Curry was the top finisher in the conference and region and held true to his ranking with his finish. He rounded out the team score at 34 points for the meet.

Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) shattered his previous personal best and FSU school mark in the 1500m with a time of 3:38.92, almost three seconds of the record. He earned his second All-America honor of the year with an eighth place finish. With his points, the squad moved into a tie for fifth place with 24 points.

Junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) moved FSU into the top 15 teams at the meet, scoring five points in a fourth place finish in the 3000m steeplechase. Lemoncello earned the first All-America honor of his career, clocking an 8:30.12 in the final. He was the second fastest conference and regional representative and broke the school record he set during the preliminary race.

Senior Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) finished in eighth place in the shot put, throwing 61'5.75" (18.74m). He hit the mark on the third of six throws, only fouling once during the series. The ACC Shot Put Champion nailed the 18-meter mark three times in six attempts.

Other finishers:
Junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) posted a mark of 42'2.25" (12.86m) in the triple jump qualifying round, finishing seventh in her flight and 15th overall. The All-ACC honoree improved her mark from her last nationals' outing in 2003, when she jumped 41'3.25" (12.58m).

Junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) finished the day in 16th place with 3,273 points in the heptathlon, through four events. The ACC runner-up cleared the 100m hurdles in 13.91 before reaching a height of 5'5.25" (1.66m) in the high jump. She rounded out the day with a 37' 8" (11.48m) in the shot put and a 200m time of 25.42.

Senior captain Willie Johnson (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater), who capped off an amazing career as a Seminole, jumped 50'10" (15.49m), good for 17th in the field. He finished with the fifth farthest jump in the region and second longest mark among conference representatives.

Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) missed qualifying in the shot put by six inches, throwing a 58'6.5" (17.84m) for 16th place. Johnson 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.

Junior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) finished the preliminary race in 10:23.98, her third fastest time this season. She recorded the fourth best mark among conference runners competing in the event.

Missing All-American Curry and Chambers, the men's 4x400m relay finished in 3:16.09in the third heat. Senior leadoff man Greg Johnson (Miami, Fla./FIU) handed off to freshman Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) for the first exchange. Fellow rookie 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.

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