FSU Track Set for NCAA East Region Championships
May 25, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State track and field team travel to Randall's Island, New York for the 2005 NCAA East Regional Championships from May 27-28, 2005. The meet brings together the top athletes from schools along the eastern seaboard to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. The meet is hosted by Manhattan College.
Competition begins on Friday at noon with the men's discus event while the running events begin at 3:30 p.m. with the first round of the preliminary races. On Saturday, the women's discus starts at noon and a 4:30 p.m. start time is set for the first running event, the finals of the 4x100m relay.
Regional Information... Both Seminole squads comprise 41 regional qualifying marks (27 men, 14 women) behind 26 individuals. 18 Tribe members will represent the men's team at regionals while eight Seminole women will hold down the Lady Seminoles. Junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) has four qualifying marks - 1500m, 5000m, 10000m and the 3000m steeplechase while six women have two regional qualifying marks.
On Paper, Chambers is the 400m Champion... Newcomer Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) has the nation's fastest 400m time entering the 2005 NCAA East Regional Championships. The 2004 ACC Indoor and Outdoor 400m Champion set the mark at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. At that meet, he broke Olympic Gold Medalist Walter McCoy's 24-year old record of 44.99 with his 2005 mark of 44.87. He is the region leader by over a second.
Dix and Johnson Among Best In Two In Nation... Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson and Walter Dix are among the top six in the country in two events. Johnson is third in the shot put and sixth in the discus. Dix is third in the 100m and sixth in the 200m.
Seminole Men Complete Sweep of Atlantic Coast Conference Championships... For the sixth time in seven attempts (indoor and outdoor), the Florida State men's track and field team holds the team title for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles won their third outdoor championship in four years today (April 23) at the 2005 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship, held on the Tribe's home track at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. FSU scored 222.50 points in the win, just 1.5 points shy of the meet record set in 2004 by Clemson. Clemson finished in second place with 151 points. The highest total by a Seminole squad was 202 in the 2003 championship run. It is the largest margin of victory by any team since the Tribe joined the league in 1992. FSU dominated at home, winning ten of 12 running event finals and placing at least one person in the top four of all but one field event finals. FSU picked up its sixth title in seven attempts dating back to its first championship of the streak at the 2002 ACC Outdoor Championships.
1984 Champions, A Team to Remember... The 1984 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship team was the best the Seminoles had to offer. The group compiled five national championships and 19 All-American honors. Event wins included Randy Givens 100m and 200m titles, Marita Payne's second 400m championship and the 400m- and 1600m relay wins. Givens, Payne and Brenda Cliette had four All-American honors apiece to lead the group.
Consistent Should Be Curry's Middle Name... Junior Rafeeq Curry has been the most consistent Seminole in the past three seasons for FSU. The five-time All-American has qualified for nationals every year for the Garnet and Gold, as well as score points for the men's team. The four-time ACC Triple Jump Champion is rated third in the region and 12th in the nation entering the regional meet. He won the NCAA East Region Championship in 2003 and placed second in 2004. His highest national finish was fourth in 2004.
ACC Turned Out to Be A Record Meet... Three records were set at the conference championships, two by Seminoles. Walter Dix tied the 100m dash, league standard in the preliminary race and bettered it in winning the final. Dorian Scott shattered a 28-year old mark in winning his first league title and bettering FSU's all-time best distance. The hammer was thrown at Mike Long Track and Field Complex for the first time in the facility's history, so Virginia Tech's Spyridon Jullien set the hammer standard in winning the event.
Lemoncello Making the Most of First Season... In just his first season in Garnet and Gold, junior transfer Andrew Lemoncello has made his presence felt and helped the Seminoles to a top five team ranking. After bringing home the Tribe's first individual ACC Cross Country Championship, he hit the track with the same blazing speed during the indoor and outdoor campaigns. He regionally qualified in four events during the outdoor season and moved into FSU's all-time top ten list in the 1500m (10), 3000m steeplechase (1), 5000m (6) and 10000m (2). The outdoor ACC 5000m and 10000m champion is the only Tribe member to hold that disctinction. The event he stands out in is the steeple where he, at the Mt. SAC Relays, shattered a 29-year old, FSU school record by more than 15 seconds. Lemoncello came close to breaking another school standard, running a 28:44.97 in the 10K, just 11 seconds shy of Joep Tigchelaar's mark set in 2003.
Lancashire Avoiding Sophomore Slump... Sophomore All-American Tom Lancashire has been one of the top performers not only on the team but in the conference, voted on by the league's 11 coaches. He is the first Seminole selected indoor and outdoor ACC Performer of the Year during the same season. He won the mile run, placed fourth in the 3000m and anchored the distance medley relay with a four minute mile, contributing 25 points to FSU's dramatic conference championship in which FSU ousted Clemson by 2.5 points. He scorched the outdoor scene, winning the 800m and 1500m within 63 minutes of each start time. The indoor All-American made it impossible to not win again. Lancashire is FSU's third outdoor Performer of the Year in six seasons.
FSU All Over, All-ACC Team... 16 Seminoles were named to the All-ACC men's team behind 23 honors. The group earned the league honors for the top three finishers in each event plus the first place relay teams. The next highest team on the 50 member list was team champion, runner-up Clemson with eight.
Regionals End with Double Digit Qualifiers... FSU went to Gainesville, Fla. - the site of the 2004 NCAA East Regionals Championships to compete against the best student-athletes on the east coast. Individually, senior Helen Hofstede won the 3000m steeplechase while classmate Brian Dzingai took second and fourth place in the 200m and 100m events, respectively. The men's 4x100m relay, behind the legs of Derrick Baker, Rhoan Sterling, Dzingai and Cedric Nabe won with the fastest time in school history, finishing the 400m relay in 39.02.
See Saw, Shot Put... Senior All-American Dorian Scott and redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson have been back and forth all season as the region's best shot putters. The pair have traded throws all season including Scott's record-breaking, ACC championship winning throw and Johnson's Seminole-best distance to vault into the top three in the country. In addition to winning the shot put at the conference meet, Scott won the prestigous Texas Relays and both sections at the FSU Relays. Johnson has consistently gotten better with each throw including his 66'0.25" mark , that put him into first place on FSU's all-time best list... well at least for now.
Regional Meet Features Newcomers... Eight of 18 Tribe members on the men's team are recent additions to the team. Leading the way are the fastest freshmen combo in the country, sprinters Ricardo Chambers and Walter Dix. Junior Andrew Lemoncello seemingly has experience competing in the country but joined FSU in 2005 from Stirling University in Scotland.
Men's Team Offers Depth In Every Event... Every running event with the exception of the 110m hurdles has a Seminole ready to compete at the 2005 NCAA East Regional Championships. Of the nine running events that FSU has entries in, six have multiple qualifers. In the field events, seven of seven have Tribe members seeded with three having two or more entries. The triple jump and the 1500m run lead the way with three Seminoles seeded for regionals
Nine Seminole Women Move Up in Top Ten List... In 2005, nine female Tribe members have bettered their prior seeding on FSU's all-time list or joined the exclusive group. Junior transfer Barbara Parker is one of the newcomers to the top ten list, sitting in second place in the 3000m steeplechase. Junior heptathlete Deanna Lane, a staple in the event since her freshman year, is also second in her area and added the 110m hurdles to her resume with the third-best time in Florida State school history.
Parker Breaks Into Second All-Time... Junior Barbara Parker ran the second fastest time in school history in winning the 3000m steeplechase at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Her mark of 10:23.90 is just 14 seconds behind the 2004 NCAA East Region Steeple Champion and FSU school record holder Helen Hofstede.
Niako Lone Returning All-American... With most of the All-Americans set for the NCAA postseason, junior Evelyne Cynthia Niako could easily get lost in the mix. The prominent sprinter, who has added leadership and depth to the 2005 sprinting corps, is one of four returning All-Americans from 2003. She ran a leg of the outdoor 4x400m relay team that finished in seventh with a time of 3:34.37.
Four Underclassmen Win Individual Titles At Conference... Three freshman and one sophomore won events at the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Rookie Walter Dix won the 100m and 200m events, to go with his 60m and 200m titles from the indoor season. Chambers added the outdoor 400m to his indoor title while Elliott Wood easily won the quarter hurdles. Second year Seminole Tom Lancashire won two events - the 800m and 1500m. Four of the eight competitors on both relays were rookies with Dix and newcomer Kenny O'Neal running the 4x100m and Chambers and Wood on the 4x400m.2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Individual Champions Event Name Year 100m Walter Dix Freshman 200m Walter Dix Freshman 400m Ricardo Chambers Freshman 800m Tom Lancashire Sophomore 1500m Tom Lancashire Sophomore 5000m Andrew Lemoncello Junior 10000m Andrew Lemoncello Junior 400m hurdles Elliott Wood Freshman Triple jump Rafeeq Curry Junior Shot put Dorian Scott Senior 4x100m (Argro, O'Neal, Dix, Nabe) 4x400m (G. Johnson, Wood, Curry, Chambers)
LeGree Getting Closer to the Top... Junior triple jumper LaToya Legree moved closer to the top two spots on FSU's all-time list when she recorded a distance of 43'3.25 (13.19m) at the league title meet. She sits at number three just barely two feet short of the top slot. LeGree is in good company, as she is chasing national champions Esmeralda Garcia (1985) and Teresa Bundy (2002) for the best mark in Seminole history. She leads the Seminole triple jump event with the top six distances in 2005.
Olympian Walker Ready For Finals Stage... Fresh off a summer at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, senior Kimberly Walker is prepared for her last regional and national championship meet. Walker has run the best times of her career during her final tour in 2005. She regionally qualified in the 100m, 200m and as a leg of the 4x100m relay.
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. He was the only Seminole in the 2005 outdoor season to win a weekly honor.
Bowerman Best Rookie on Team, In Conference... Freshman Laura Bowerman earned the spotlight after the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships for her stellar performance at the league title meet. The only rookie regional qualifier on the 2005 list, Bowerman was rewarded for her third place, 10K finish and a sixth place finish in the 5000m run. The 2005 All-ACC team member earned the first conference award since 2000 when NCAA National Champion Tonya Carter was named ACC Performer of the Year. She is the first female Seminole to be named outstanding freshman.
Thrower Is Good By Herself... Sophomore Lindsay Nelson is carrying the weight, literally, of the 2005 throwing corps. She is the lone competitor in the area, boasting regional qualifying marks in the shot put and discus. Nelson is no stranger to being at the top - in just under two seasons, she has two top ten marks on FSU's all-time list. Her career-best throw of 163'3" is second best on the discus list while her 47'6.5" distance is seventh best all time in the shot put.
McColumn is the Heart of the Hurdlers... Junior captain LaKendra McColumn is one of the best hurdlers on the team, in the conference and seeded at regionals. The All-ACC team member has regional qualifying times in the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles. She set her career-best in both events at home, running a 13.73 and a 57.85, respectively. McColumn is seventh all-time in the quarter-hurdles, just .13 seconds off 1995 ACC Performer of the Year Radhiya Teagle.
Lane On the Fast Track to a Record Breaking Season... Junior Deanna Lane is well on her way to being one of the best hurdlers and multi's student-athlete in Florida State history. The All-ACC honoree is second all-time in the heptathlon and third in the 110m hurdles, behind All-Americans Kim Batten and Kim Jones. She provisionally qualified when she won the heptathlon at the Florida Relays with a career-high, 5,391 points. She ran her 13.34 clip in the heptathlon, 100m hurdles event.
ACC Accolades... FSU swept the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track honors with Head Coach Bob Braman earning Coach of the Year, sophomore Tom Lancashire taking Performer of the Year and freshman Walter Dix being named Rookie of the Year. It marks the first time in conference history the same trio won during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. For Braman, he becomes the second Seminole coach to win dual season honors, joining former head coach Terry Long who did it in 2003. It marks the second time FSU has swept the outdoor honor with the first group of Long, Craphonso Thorpe and current Tribe captain Garrett Johnson taking the accolades in 2003.
ACC Outdoor Performer of the Year Tom Lancashire... Lancashire, the 2005 ACC Indoor Performer of the Year, won the 800m and 1500m events at the outdoor track championships. He took his first individual outdoor titles with start times separated by only 63 minutes. Lancashire is the third outdoor performer of the year in six seasons for FSU and first to sweep both indoor and outdoor accolades. The sophomore earned his first All-American honor with a fifth place finish in the mile at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.
ACC Outdoor Rookie of the Year Walter Dix... Dix won the 100m and 200m dashes and ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay that won the first 400m relay league event title in the program's history. Dix tied the 100m record in leading all runners in the preliminary race with a 10.23 clip. The two-time All-American returned the following day to better the time and take the ACC record in 10.22. The junior indoor 200m record holder finished the indoor season with league titles in the 60m and 200m and went on to All-American honors in both events. Dix is the third individual to earn the freshman outdoor honors but the first Seminole to win in the same season.
Trackwire Has FSU In Top Five... The Trackwire Top 25 ranking has the men's program as one of the five best teams in the nation. The Seminoles squad, which have had one of the best seasons in FSU history, enter the regional meet as No. 2 behind the Gators. No. 1 Arkansas, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 LSU round out the top five.
Florida State Among Conference Bests... The Garnet and Gold men are at the top of 11 events plus they lead both relays. 29 males have set 40 marks with four in the top ten of the 100m dash. The throws are just as strong with three Seminoles in the top ten of two categories. Three other events (200m, 1500m, triple jump, long jump) have a trio among the ten best league competitors. Garrett Johnson and Dorian Scott are one-two in the shot put. Event leaders include Walter Dix (100m, 200m), Ricardo Chambers (400m), Tom Lancashire (800m, 1500m), Andrew Lemoncello (10000m), Elliott Wood (400m hurdles), Rafeeq Curry (triple jump) and Garrett Johnson (shot put).
Two Seminoles Are Returning Regional Champions... Rafeeq Curry and senior Dorian Scott have won NCAA East Region Championships in the past three seasons. Curry won the triple jump in 2003 while Scott took home bragging rights in the shot put in 2003. Garrett Johnson was second in the shot put behind Scott.
Junior Class Among the Nation's Best... The class of 2006 at FSU is a talented group with four of its top competitors among the top-25 in the country, in their respective events. Junior Deanna Lane is in the top-21 in two events. In the heptathlon, she has the 17th best point total with 5391 points and in the 100m hurdles, she sits at No. 21 with a mark of 13.34. Junior LaToya Legree has the highest ranking of any Seminole with an 15th place seeding in the triple jump, with her personal best distance of 43'3.25" (13.19m). Classmate LaKendra McColumn ran a career-best 57.85 in the 400m hurdles at the league championships meet, moving her into 18th place in the nation. Junior Barbara Parker has the 19th fastest 3000m steeplechase time with her 10:25.91 clip, recorded at the ACC Championships.
Site of 2005 ACC Championships Also Home to Champions... The 2005 Florida State men's track and field team won its third Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in four seasons, taking the title at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex in Tallahassee on April 23, 2005. The Seminoles won ten of 12 running events and placed at least one person in the top four of all but one field event. FSU's 222.50 points in the win was just 1.5 points shy of the meet record set in 2004 by Clemson. It is the largest margin of victory by any team since the Tribe joined the league in 1992 and the highest total by a Seminole squad since the 202 points scored in the 2003 championship run.
ACC Championships History... Florida State hosted the track championships in 1992, its first year in the then-expanded Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina swept both team titles including a .5 point win over Clemson on the men's side. The Tigers' head coach Bob Pollack won the men's coaching honors while Tar Heel's Dennis Craddock took home the women's coaching accolades. FSU was third on the men's side while the women were fourth. Current Seminole associate head coach Harlis Meaders won the discus title that season.
Mt. SAC Relays Worth the Trip for Regional Qualifiers... Three Seminoles went to the Mt. SAC Relays and all returned with their second regional qualifying marks. Lemoncello added the 3000m steeplechase to his automatic qualifying time in the 10000m, while fellow classmate Barbara Parker, who qualified in the 1500m, also secured a berth in the steeple event at NCAA East Regional Championships. Lancashire posted a regional mark of 3:44.08 in the 1500m to go along with his 800m time.
Lemoncello Breaks School Record... Lemoncello shattered a 29-year old Florida State school record in the 3000m steeplechase in his first outing in the event this season at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif on April 15. The 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Champion ran the third fastest time in the nation and second fastest in the conference, behind last seasons national champion. He regionally qualified for his second event with his 8:37.13 clip.
Parker Breaks Into All-time a Second Time... Barbara Parker ran the second fastest time in FSU school-history in the 3000m steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays. Her time of 10:45.16 marked the first time she competed in the event this year and solidified her place at the NCAA East Regional Championships.
Dix Owns Fastest 2005 100m Time On The Planet... The two-time All-American ran a wind-aided 9.96 in winning the 100m dash at the 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on April 9. The mark is the fastest all-conditions time in the world for the 2005 season. The youngest starter and fastest of two heats, ran with a group that included 11 professionals and three other collegians. The mark does not count towards regional qualifying standards or the FSU-record books because the wind was illegal at 4.5. The conference rookie of the year did run a legitimate 10.13 time at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. The rookie is coming off an impressive indoor season in which he finished in second place in the 200m dash and sixth place in the 60m dash at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Yellow Jacket Invite... Despite the cold, rainy weather in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, April 2 for the Yellow Jacket Invitational, the Seminoles came out with 12 regional qualifying marks. Dix recorded the second fastest time in school history running a wind-aided, regional qualifying mark of 10.13 in the 100m dash. Kimberly Walker earned her second berth in the NCAA East Regional Championships with a qualifying time of 23.87 in the 200m. Niako will join her in the 200m after running a 23.86. Garrett Johnson qualified in shot put for the first time this season and the second time this year in the discus. Scott took fifth in the shot put with a mark of 59'8.5" (18.20m). Diakos posted a distance of 192'6" (58.67m) for his fourth regional qualifying mark in the hammer. Bowerman 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. Legree added her name to the list of regional qualifiers, posting a career-best distance of 42'10.75" (13.07m) in the triple jump. McColumn took fifth place in the 100m hurdles in 13.93, good for a berth at regionals.
Scott Wins at Prestigious Texas Relays... Scott won the University/College Section A division of the shot put at the 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Saturday, April 16. He threw a season-best distance of 63'4.25" (19.31m) in his third shot put event win of the season. His mark is currently fourth in the nation and leads the conference.
Rained Out Relays... For the most part, the 2005 Florida Relays were cancelled when the area was hit hard by heavy rains and inclement weather over the four-day period, from March 23-26. The multi's events took place, despite scheduling delays, but not too many races after Friday took place. Several Seminoles made the best of the situation including junior Deanna Lane and freshman Matt Frith who won the heptathlon and pentathlon events, respectively. Lane went the extra mile and regionally qualified with a career-best point total of 5231 points.
Scott Roars Back With Two Regional Performances... Senior Dorian Scott 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.
Three Secure Berths to Regional Championships... Senior Kimberly Walker, junior Andrew Diakos and sophomore Lindsey Nelson all earned a spot at the NCAA East Regional on May 27, 2005 in Randall's Island, N.Y. Diakos threw a provisional qualifying mark of 185'7" (56.58m) in the shot put, becoming the first Seminole this season to write his name on the regional list. Walker was the first collegiate finisher in the 100m dash, recording a provisional qualifying time of 11.75 in her first outing since coming back from the 2004 Athens Olympics. Nelson, who competed in the shot put and the discus, threw a distance of 47'6.5" (14.49m), to add her name to the list of regional competitiors for the second season in a row.
FSU at FAMU... Traveling the shortest distance of the season, the FSU track team sent a few competitors to the FAMU Relays, just a few miles from the Seminoles' home track. At the event, junior Kate Purcell won the javelin throw with a mark of 132'9" (40.47m). Sophomore Matt Hurley was the runner-up in the pole vault, recording a season-opening height of 15' (4.57m). In the women's pole vault event, freshman Leilani Caraballo and sophomore Kristin Janson finished in a tie for second place.