March 12, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - For a team that expects to peak in June, the eighth place team finish (26 points) the Florida State men's track and field squad recorded should do just fine. The Seminoles placed among the top ten programs in the nation for the first time in 31 years, when FSU took seventh in 1974. This year's group utilized five elite student-athletes in six events to continue a record breaking season.
"For this young bunch, it was a great effort," said second-year head coach Bob Braman, who was named USTCA Regional Coach of the Year this week. "The performance was a record breaking one for us so you have to be happy with that. The great thing you have to look forward to is that those sixths will be thirds and fifths will be seconds and eventually - you hope - national champions."
Junior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) earned his third indoor All-American honor in as many tries, recording a distance of 52'5.5" (15.99m) in the triple jump. He placed sixth and totaled three points.
Freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) took home his second All-American honor in as many days, finishing sixth in the 60m dash in a time of 6.70. Dix accounted for 11 of FSU's total team points.
Fellow rookie Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) put four points toward the team score, finishing first in his heat and fifth overall in the 400m final with a mark of 46.28, good for All-American honors. The event winner, Florida's Kerron Clement, set the world record in the 400m.
Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) was fifth in the mile run, earning his first All-America honor. His mark of 4:02.32 was just .08 of a second behind the fourth place finisher.
Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) finished in fifth place in the shot put with a throw of 63'6.25" (19.36m), good for four points toward the team score.
Senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) vaulted 13'2.5" (4.00m) for 14th place in the pole vault.