April 27, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - After a whirlwind weekend at home hosting the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, the Florida State track and field team will spend the weekend at the oldest and largest running event in the world, the 2005 Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Seminole men's team won its third outdoor championship in four years and sixth in seven attempts this past weekend. FSU scored 222.50 points behind 12 ACC individual champions including the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The Tribe took first place in every running event except for the 110m hurdles and the 3000m steeplechase. In the field events, the Garnet and Gold placed at least one person in the top four of eight of nine events.
Multiple event winners include: freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) - 100m and 200m, sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) - 800m and 1500m and junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) - 5000m and 10000m.
Individual titles were taken by senior All-American Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) - shot put, junior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) - triple jump and freshmen Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) - 400m dash and Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) - 400m hurdles.
Scott and Dix broke ACC Championships meet records at the meet. Scott, who won the first league shot put title of his career, bested a mark that had stood since 1977. Dix tied the 100m conference time in the preliminary and bettered the standard in the final.
The women's team finished in fourth place behind ACC-newcomer Miami, who also won the outdoor title and Georgia Tech and North Carolina, who tied for second place.
Junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) posted a career-best triple jump mark of 43'3.25" (13.19m), en route to All-ACC honors and a third place finish. Senior Olympian Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic) contributed 16 points to the team score, placing among the top performers in the 100m, 200m and helping the 4x100m relay to third place finish.
The 4x400m team shaved six seconds off their season-best mark in taking second place in the event. Walker ran with senior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, Fla./Florida A&M), junior Evelyne Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) and junior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb).