FSU Set for ACC Track Championships
April 20, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The meet that the Florida State track and field team has been waiting for is finally here - the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Seminoles will host the first league championships meet with the expanded field of 11 teams at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex from April 21-23, 2005.
ACC Championships History... Florida State hosted the track championships in 1992, its first year in the then-expanded Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina swept both team titles including a .5 point win over Clemson on the men's side. The Tigers' head coach Bob Pollack won the men's coaching honors while Tar Heel's Dennis Craddock took home the women's coaching accolades. FSU was third on the men's side while the women were fourth. Current Seminole associate head coach Harlis Meaders won the discus title that season.
2004 ACC Championships... The men saw its streak of four consecutive team titles snapped after finishing in second behind Clemson while the women's team took third overall behind UNC and Georgia Tech in the 2004 league championships. Current All-Americans Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) and Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) and former Nole Vicky Gill all won their respective events at the meet in Chapel Hill, N.C. Seven women's team members were named to the All-ACC team. Three Seminole men and the 4x400m relay took top billing in their events. Olympian Brian Dzingai won the 200m dash, Sean Campbell took first in the 400m and Joep Tigchelaar won the 10K run for FSU.
Best in the Nation is Good For Seminoles... Six men are in the top 15 in the nation in their respective events. Freshman two-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) is third in the 100m dash with a time of 10.13 which he ran at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. Senior All-American 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 All-American Garrett Johnson's (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) throw of 62'3.75" (5.05m) is ninth. Junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) is third in the 3000m steeplechase (8:37.13) and seventh in the 10K (28:44.97) while sophomore All-American Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) is ninth 800m (1:48.30) and 14th in the 1500m (3:44.08). Junior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) is eleventh in the triple jump. The men's 4x100m relay is eighth and the men's 4x400m relay is eleventh. Junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) is twelfth in the heptathlon (5231 points) and the 100m hurdles (13.34) while classmate LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) is twelfth in the triple jump with a career-best distance of 42'10.75" (13.07m). McColumn is 16th in the 400m hurdles (58.97).
Recent Regional Qualifiers... Three Seminoles went to the Mt. SAC Relays and all returned with their second regional qualifying marks. Lemoncello added the 3000m steeplechase to his automatic qualifying time in the 10000m while fellow classmate Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough), who qualified in the 1500m, also secured a berth in the steeple event at NCAA East Regional Championships. Lancashire posted a regional mark of 3:44.08 in the 1500m to go along with his 800m time.
Lemoncello Breaks School Record... Lemoncello shattered a 29-year old Florida State school record in the 3000m steeplechase in his first outing in the event this season at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif on April 15. The 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Champion ran the third fastest time in the nation and second fastest in the conference, behind last seasons national champion. He regionally qualified for his second event with his 8:37.13 clip.
Parkers Breaks Into All-time a Second Time... Parker ran the second fastest time in FSU school-history in the 3000m steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays. her time of 10:45.16 marked the first time she competed in the event this year and solidified her place at the NCAA East Regional Championships.
Multiple Events, Multiple Top Performers... 27 men hold 35 regional qualifying marks while 15 women are owners of 22. 13 Seminoles are in the top 10 in at least two events in the conference. Senior captain Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) leads the 1500m event and is third in the 5000m run. Junior Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge) is among the best in the long (7th) and triple (10th) jumps. Classmate Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron-Collier) is third in the hammer and eighth in the discus. Redshirt All-American sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist) is third in the discus and second in the shot put to teammate senior Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep). Lemoncello leads the 10000m run and is third in the steeplechase. On the women's side, senior Olympian Kimberly Walker (Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic) is fifth in the 100m and 200m. events while All-American Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) is ninth in the 100m and fourth in the 200m.Distance runner freshman Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, Fla./King) has top times in the 5000m (7th) and 10000m (9th). Junior hurdlers LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) and Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) are both ranked in the top ten in the 100m hurdles, 6th and 8th respectively. The pair holds second place spots in the 400m hurdles (McColumn) and the heptathlon (Lane). Sophomore Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) is sixth in the discus and seventh in the shot put. Parker is fifth in the 1500m run and the 3000m steeplechase.
Sprinting Debut... Freshmen Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) and Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) will make their long awaited debuts at the Mike Long Track Complex. Neither has run in Tallahassee this year and Charmbers has yet to run an open event in the 2005 outdoor season. Chambers has his eye on breaking current 400m track holder, sprints coach Ken Harnden's mark of 45.32. Dix, a two-time Indoor All-American, is looking to better his 100m time of 10.13 and post his first outdoor collegiate 200m mark. Dix set the world indoor junior 200m record earlier this spring.
Dix Owns Fastest 2005 100m Time On The Planet... The two-time All-American ran a wind-aided 9.96 in winning the 100m dash at the 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on April 9. 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 conference rookie of the year did run a legitimate 10.13 time at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. 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.
Home Track Advantage... The Seminoles attained 11 of 31 regional qualifying marks at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex. Four were posted at the FSU Relays including Garrett Johnson's discus throw while six were picked up at the Seminole Invitational, including Lancashire's national ninth place 800m mark.
Yellow Jacket Invite... Despite the cold, rainy weather in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, April 2 for the Yellow Jacket Invitational, the Seminoles came out with 12 regional qualifying marks. Dix recorded the second fastest time in school history running a wind-aided, regional qualifying mark of 10.13 in the 100m dash. Kimberly Walker earned her second berth in the NCAA East Regional Championships with a qualifying time of 23.87 in the 200m. Niako will join her in the 200m after running a 23.86. Garrett Johnson qualified in shot put for the first time this season and the second time this year in the discus. Scott took fifth in the shot put with a mark of 59'8.5" (18.20m). Diakos posted a distance of 192'6" (58.67m) for his fourth regional qualifying mark in the hammer. Bowerman won the 5000m run in a time of 16:48.60. The mark put her in fourth place on FSU's all-time, top-ten 5K list and put her in the event at the NCAA East Regional Championships. LeGree added her name to the list of regional qualifiers, posting a career-best distance of 42'10.75" (13.07m) in the triple jump. McColumn took fifth place in the 100m hurdles in 13.93, good for a berth at regionals.
Wood Garners ACC Honors... Freshman Elliot Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) was named ACC Men's Performer of the Week, announced Monday, March 21, by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wood posted a pair of regional qualifying times in the men's 400m high hurdles en route to two, first place finishes at the FSU Relays. The freshman from Sydney, Australia regionally qualified twice in as many tries including a league best time of 51.82. In his second run, Wood crossed the finish line in a time of 52.01.