Lemoncello Takes Second Conference Title to Wrap Up First Day of Championships
April 21, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - After day one, the Florida State track and field men's team is in fourth place with 16 points while the women's team sits at number nine with six points after day one at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex on April 21, 2005. Georgia Tech is leading the men's teams and Virginia in front for the women.
Junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) added ten points with a first place finish in the 10K behind a time of 29:59.19. The win was his second conference title as he took first in the cross country championship in the fall.
"I felt really light the whole way until the last three laps," said Lemoncello, immediately after winning his first 10K race of the season. "I just like to control the race and run as long as possible for as easy as possible. I wasn't really concerned with how far out (Duke's Keith Kraiger) was because he came back and ran the same way as he did last year. I was fine with that. Coach (Bob) Braman told me to just control myself and hang back and that's all I needed to do.
For the last 200-meters, I just took it harder and tried holding (Virginia's Ryan Foster) off. Obviously he had a bit of kick. Plus today I had my spikes on so I couldn't quite go in the last lap. The last 150-meters, I was fighting for it. Great hopefully my team was watching and it motivates them to stay right until the end."
Freshman Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, Fla./King) accounted for all of the women's team's points on day one, earning her first All-ACC Outdoor honor with a third place, six-point finish in the 10000m run with a time of 35:17.22.
"It's really exciting earning my first All-ACC honor," said Bowerman. "I was so happy when I crossed the line. I was a little disappointed with my time because I fell one or two seconds short of a national automatic time. It was great running at home because my Dad was able to come out as well as all of my friends."
Junior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron-Collier) took his second All-ACC Outdoor honor, throwing a career-best 200'4" (61.07m) for third place. The only returning point scorer from the throws from last season's squad, he shattered his prior personal-best 195'5" (59.57m). Diakos also competed in the javelin throwing 144'11" (44.18m).
Junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Fla./Pope) led after four events on the first day. She finished first in the 100m hurdles in a season-best time of 13.76. She took second in the high jump with a mark of 5'5.25" (1.66m) and third in the shot put with a throw of 38'5.5" (11.72m). In the 200m, Lane finished fourth with a 25.08 clip.
Freshman Matt Frith (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) wrapped up the first day of the decathlon event in sixth place. He was sixth in the shot put, tossing 39'4" (11.99m). After two events, Frith was in second place, long jumping 21'0.75" (6.42m) and running 11.46 in the 100m dash. To end the day, he high jumped 5'9.75" (1.77m) and posted a 400m time of 52.94 .
Fellow rookie Erin Voss (Port Charlotte, Fla./Charlotte) threw a season-best 106'11" (32.59) in the javelin.
The Seminoles continue with day two, beginning tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with the men's discus. Running events start at 2:00 p.m.