April 23, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - 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 its 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 eight of nine 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.
Two Seminoles - senior All-American Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and freshman two-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) broke ACC Championships meet records while Scott surpassed his personal and FSU's all-time best.
Scott shattered the school record in the shot put, winning his first league title in ACC and FSU all-time records of 64'4"(19.61m). The conference record was set in 1977 by N.C. State's Bob Medlin. Scott set the school mark of 63'10" (19.45m) during his redshirt season in 2004. Team captain and redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) took second place with a career-best mark of 62'10.75" (19.17m). Johnson swept both indoor and outdoor shot put titles as a freshman in 2003 and earned his second All-ACC honor of the meet.
The 4x100m relay won the first event title in FSU-school history and of the day, in a time of 39.62, breaking up a reign of five straight Clemson 400m relay wins. Leading off for FSU was junior Ricky Argro (Orlando, Fla./Lyman) who stayed in the top three heading into the turn. After a handoff to freshman Kenny O'Neal (Oakland, Fla./Skyline) on the straight-away, FSU evened up with Clemson and Wake before handing off to freshman two-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) on leg three where the Seminoles took over the lead by more than five meters halfway through the turn. Anchoring the winning relay was sophomore All-American Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzereland/Lycee St. Joseph) who extended the lead in the victory by half a second. It also marked the first time FSU swept both relays and all sprint events.
Dix took home the third FSU 100m relay title since joining the league, running an ACC Championships meet best time of 10.22 for the event win. The rookie continued FSU's dominance of the event, bringing home the third straight Seminole 200m conference title. Dix regionally qualified in his second event, running a 20.41 in his 200m dash win. He contributed 30 points to the team score and joins former Seminole Craphonso Thorpe as the only Tribe member to win the 100m and 200m dashes in the same season.
Nabe earned his second All-ACC honor of the day in taking third place in 10.55 in the 100m dash. He finished one place ahead of relay teammate Argro, who ran a 10.68 to finish fourth. Nabe also took fourth place in the 200m dash in a season-best 21.31.
Rookie Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) added an outdoor conference 400m title to his indoor championship, winning the finals - the latter with a mark of 45.32 - to tie the track record, held by his event coach Ken Harnden. Chambers also helped the Seminoles defend its 4x400m event title, running the anchor leg to a 3:08.58.
Junior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) ran the second leg of the 1600m relay, only minutes after winning his first outdoor triple jump title. Curry, who was fourth in the long jump on Friday, jumped a season-best 52'4.75" (15.97m) in the event victory. Senior captain and two-time All-American Willie Johnson (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) took second place with a jump of 51' (15.54m). Curry, Johnson and junior Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge), who was sixth with a mark of 49'7.25" (15.12m) all regionally qualified in the event.
Freshman Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) won the 400m hurdles in a season-best time of 50.92. Wood ran the third leg of the of the 4x400m relay while senior Greg Johnson (Miami, Fla./FIU) lead off the 1600m relay and was third in hurdles in 51.79.
Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) won two individual event titles, taking first in the 800m and 1500m runs. Lancashire kicked down the stretch to win the 800m in 1:48.84. In the 1500m, Lancashire bounced back after a second place outing in the preliminary race, to win in 3:48.59. Redshirt freshman Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) was fifth in the 800m in 1:51.69 while senior captain Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) was third in the 1500m in 3:50.28.
Fellow distance runner junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) picked up his second ACC Championship in as many days, with an event win in the 5000m run. He took first in 14:13.52 marking the first time FSU has won a 5000m event. He won the 10K on Friday night for his first event championship and extended FSU's streak to four consecutive 10000m titles.
Sophomore Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) tied for fourth place in the pole vault, clearing a height of 16'2.75" (4.95m) and adding 4.5 points to the team score.
100m - Walter Dix
200m - Walter Dix
400m - Ricardo Chambers
800m - Tom Lancashire
1500m - Tom Lancashire
5000m - Andrew Lemoncello
10000m - Andrew Lemoncello
400m hurdles - Elliott Wood
Shot put - Dorian Scott
Triple Jump - Rafeeq Curry
Final Men's Results - After 21 Events Scored 1. Florida State 222.5 points 2. Clemson 151 points 3. North Carolina 81.5 points 4. Virginia 80 points 5. Georgia Tech 65 points 6. Virginia Tech 60 points 7. NC State 47 points 8. Wake Forest 46 points 9. Maryland 32 points 10. Duke 27 points 11. Miami 5 points Final Women's Results - After 21 Events Scored 1. Miami 142 points 2. North Carolina 122 points 3. Georgia Tech 112 points 4. Florida State 82 points 5. NC State 67 points 6. Clemson 62.5 points 7. Virginia 59 points 8. Duke 54.5 points 9. Virginia Tech 48.5 points 10. Wake Forest 40 points 11. Maryland 28.5 points