June 5, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State men's track and field team is getting some national recognition. Two of the nation's top track and field polls have the Seminoles picked to finish second at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Sacramento, Calif., announced Friday, June 03, 2005 by Trackwire 25 and Track and Field News Magazine. The rankings analyze depth and expected point total to predict the top finishers at the national meet. FSU is second with 51 points behind Arkansas (65 points) and one spot ahead of rival Florida (40 points).
Track and Field News Magazine has freshman All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) as the favorite to win the 100m, after sweeping the 100m and 200m region titles in record breaking times. Dix anchors the 4x100m relay that is picked for fifth. Fellow rookie All-America sprinter Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) is picked to finish fourth although he led the nation in the 400m entering the east region meet last weekend. Redshirt sophomore All-American Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) is third in the discus and the shot put while teammate senior All-American Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) is sixth in the shot put. Junior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) is fourth in the triple jump by the national magazine. Classmate Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) sits just outside the top five at sixth in the 3000m steeplechase.
The Seminoles are concluding one of the best seasons in the program's history, sweeping both Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and picking up the school's first NCAA East Regional title. FSU is led in the sprints by Dix and Chambers and in the throws by Scott and Garrett Johnson, a tandem that have battled for the top position in the shot. Lancashire and ACC Cross Country Champion Lemoncello are at the top of the distance group. Curry and senior captain All-American Willie Johnson (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) lead the jumps corps for the Tribe.
The highest an FSU team has finished during the outdoor season is a tie for third in 1980, the only top ten finish since the program began in 1949. Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, the national outdoor best came in 2004 when the Seminoles finished 20th. Since 2001, FSU has made a leap onto the national scene moving up from 64th in 2001, 44th in 2002, 57th in 2003 and 20th in 2004.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event. The factors used to build the Dandy Dozen include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.