April 3, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - Despite the unseasonably cold and rainy weather in Atlanta, Ga., the Florida State track and field squad returned from the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday, April 2, 2005 with eleven regional qualifying marks behind eight individuals and two relays.
Freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) recorded the second fastest time in school history running a wind-aided 10.13 in the 100m dash. His mark is the fastest time since Jonathan Carter ran a 10.17 in 1994. He is .06 seconds slower than FSU's all-time leader Mike Roberson, who set the mark at 10.07 in 1979. Dix won the event in his first individual outing of the season. Dix also ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay that regionally qualified for the second time this season. The 400m relay ran a regional qualifying time of 39.59 for third place in the meet and tenth place on FSU's all-time top ten list. Junior Ricky Argro (Orlando, Fla./Lyman), senior Rhoan Sterling (Ontario, Canada/Toledo), Dix and sophomore Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph) comprised the relay.
Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) regionally qualified in the shot put for the first time this season and the second time this year in the discus. Johnson took fourth in the shot with a throw of 62'3.75" (18.99m). In the discus, the 2005 Indoor All-American threw for 166'0" (50.59m). Fellow thrower senior Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) took fifth in the shot put with a mark of 59'8.5" (18.20m). Junior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Naples) posted a distance of 192'6" (58.67m) for his fourth regional qualifying mark in the hammer.
Senior Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad/Polytechnic) picked up her second regional qualifying mark of the season, running a 23.87 in the 200m for ninth place. Fellow sprinter Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) finished one place and one second ahead of Walker, in her first regional qualifying time of the season, 23.86. Walker also ran an 11.76 in the 100m for tenth place.
Freshman Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, Fla./King) 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. Sophomore Meredith Urban (Davie. Fla./Green Hope (N.C.)) was fifth in the event in 17:37.15. Fellow rookie Audrey Hand (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) took eighth place in the 1500m in 4:49.38.
Junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) added her name to the list of regional qualifiers, posting a career-best distance of 42'10.75" (13.07m) in the triple jump. LeGree also competed in the 100m running a 12.30, behind classmate Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) who recorded a time of 12.28. Senior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, Fla./Florida A&M) took fourth in the triple jump in 39'4.5" (12.00m).
Sophomore Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) threw 46'10.25" (14.28m) in the shot put for fourth place. Junior Kate Purcell (West Point, Pa./Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) was third in the javelin with a throw of 133'5" (40.67m).
Sophomore Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) was second in the pole vault recording a height of 15'7" (4.75m). Sophomore Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) finished in a career-best, conference-leading 800m time of 1:51.14. Sophomore Eric Critzer (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) was fourth in the 3000m steeplechase with a mark of 9:22.83. Junior Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) was fifth in the high jump in 6'6.75" (2.00m). Senior Courtney Wright (Bartonsville, Ill./Limestone Community) took fourth in the long jump in 23'11.5" (7.30m).
McColumn took fifth place in the 100m hurdles in 13.93. In the 400m hurdles, McColumn picked up a second, fifth place showing, recording a time of 1:01.22. Freshman Quiana Holsey (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) took seventh in 1:04.82 in the 400m hurdles.
Junior Marla Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) took seventh in the high jump with a height of 5'5" (1.65m). Freshman Leilani Caraballo (Miami, Fla./Lourdes) moved into the top-ten pole vault list with her height of 10'6" (3.20m). Sophomore Charlene Walker (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) took eighth in the long jump with a mark of 17'8" (5.38m).