March 23, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State track and field team will split squads this weekend, March 23-26, 2005 with a large group traveling to Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Relays and another group headed to Stanford, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational.
Small Contingent Headed to Stanford... Seven Seminoles will travel to Stanford, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational this weekend. Sophomore Luke Beevor (Luton, England/Icknield), senior captain Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake), freshman Alex Miletich (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) and junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) will represent the men while freshmen Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, Fla./King) and Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va./Christiansburg) will join junior regional qualifier Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) on the women's side. All will compete in distance events at the prestigous meet.
Home Track Advantage... The Seminoles had eight Tribe members qualify for regionals this weekend, joining the three who secured berths over the past three meets. Add to that number, both 4x100m relays, who earned spots at the 2005 NCAA East Regional Championships, taking place in Randall's Island, N.Y., the final weekend in May.
Scott Roars Back With Two Regional Performances... Senior Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) won both divisions of the men's shot put at the FSU Relays, tossing regional qualifying marks on Friday and Saturday. On day one, Scott, who is returning from redshirt, threw 61'2" (18.64m) to take first place in the garnet division. The senior All-American topped that mark the following day, with a throw of 62'10" (19.15m) to better his regional mark for the second time in as many days.
Wood Garners ACC Honors... Freshman Elliot Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) was named ACC Men's Performer of the Week, announced Monday, March 21, 2005 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.
Current Conference Leaders... Nine men and three women lead the individual ACC Top Performers list. The women are also at the top of the ACC's 4x400m relay list with the fastest time of the season at 3:46.38. Junior Ricky Argro (Orlando, Fla./Lyman) leads the 100m, Wood is atop the 400m dash and the 400m hurdles, junior Duane Griffiths (Margate, Fla./Taravella) is first in the 800m run, Hornabrook is tops in the 1500m run while fellow distance runner senior Eddie Rodriguez (Miami, Fla./FIU) is first in the 5000m event. Rounding out the field events are senior Courtney Wright (Bartonsville, Ill./Limestone Community) in the long jump, redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) leading the discus, Scott is at the top of the shot put event and junior Andrew Diakos leading the hammer throw. On the women's side, Parker is in first in the 1500m run, Bowerman heads the 5000m group and sophomore Meredith Urban (Davie, Fla./Green Hope (N.C.)) has the fastest 10,000m time in the league.