Florida State Track Heads to Niswonger Invitational
Jan. 21, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State track and field squad will send two groups to compete this weekend - one group heading to the Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn., while a small contingent will travelto Reno, Nev. for the Pole Vault Summit.
Gainesville Brings Out the Best in Seminoles... Florida State had one of their best meets in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday (1/15) at the Florida Intercollegiate, picking up two automatic qualifiers, three provisional qualifiers and seven event wins. Senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) and redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) automatically qualified for the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships winning the pole vault and shot put events, respectively. Both student-athletes are returning from redshirt indoor seasons and earned ACC Co-Performer of the Week honors for their performances.
Johnson, who posted a provisional qualifying mark at the Clemson Opener in December, threw for a career-best, Florida State school-record of 66'8.75" (20.34m) in the win. The throw was also the second farthest in the world this year and Stephen C. O'Connell Center record. In addition to his league honors, which was his second honor in as many tries, he earned USTCA Athlete of the Week for January 10-17, 2005.
Janson hit the automatic qualifying mark in the women's pole vault competition at the clearing the bar at 13' 9.25" (4.20m) to win the event. The meet was Janson's first indoor meet since winning the indoor national pole vault championship in 2003. She shared the weekly honors with Maryland's Kierra Foster and Georgia Tech's Chaunte Howard.
LeGree Hits Her Mark... Junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) won the triple jump and posted a provisional qualifying mark of 41'8" (12.70m). LeGree also had a career-best mark of 19'0.75" (5.81m) in the long jump.
First-Class Recruiting... Freshmen Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) and Kenny O'Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) showed flashes of their talent on the track at the Florida Intercollegiates, their first meet competing for the Garnet and Gold. O'Neal ran a provisional qualifying time of 6.24 in his 55m dash victory Chambers bested all competitors with a time of 47.72 in the 400m. Dix crossed the line second, after teammate O'Neal, but one spot ahead and one second of sophomore All-American Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee-St. Joseph). Dix posted a provisional mark in the 55m dash preliminaries.
Class of 2006... Junior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier), Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) and Robert Cooper (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) all had great outings at the Florida Intercollegiates. Diakos won the weight throw with a career-best mark of 62'2.5" (18.95m), Allen tied his personal best mark of 6'8.75" (2.05m) in a first place finish in the high jump while Cooper won the 800m run in 1:53.41.