Feb. 12, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State track and field team sent a small group to the Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas - the site of the 2005 NCAA Indoor National Championships - on Saturday, February 12, 2005. Two Seminoles had standout performances shattering school records, besting times in the conference and nation and earning bids to come back to Fayetteville, Ark., for the championships meet.
Junior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) shattered the Florida State record in the triple jump with his career-best mark of 54'00.50" (16.47m). The event mark was set in 1994 by former Seminole Kelsey Nash with a distance of 53'11.25". Curry's jump is the best in the league and nation and secures his third consecutive berth at the indoor nationals meet.
Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) bested the FSU school record in the indoor mile run, posting a provisional qualifying time of 4:02.33, good for third place. He bettered his prior mark of 4:04.33 which he ran at the Adidas Invite as a freshman in 2004. His time leads the conference.
Freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) took second place in the 60m final with a conference-leading and career-best tying mark of 6.66 after taking fourth in the prelims. Fellow rookie Kenny O'Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) and sophomore All-American Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph) took seventh (6.79) and fifth (6.77), respectively in the finals. Nabe's mark was the fastest of his career and places him in the top ten in the conference in the event. Newcomer Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) ran a career-best, provisional time of 46.77, good for second-place in the 400m dash.
Senior All-American Willie Johnson (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) finished in eighth place in the triple jump with a mark of 49'11" (15.21m).
Senior Kim Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad/Polytechnic) recorded times of 7.60 in the 60m dash and 24.61 in the 200m dash.