Feb. 25, 2006
Blacksburg, Va. - The Florida State (No. 4/4) men's track and field team defended its team title, winning its fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Rector Fieldhouse on the campus of Virginia Tech University on Saturday, February 25, 2006. The women's team had their highest finish since 2003 and sixth top three finish in 15 years in the league. The men's team scored 160.50 points while the women recorded 81 points in the standing.
The 2006 title is the program's fourth consecutive championship and fifth overall since joining the league in 1992. The Seminoles have the third most indoor titles all-time with five behind Maryland's 26 and Clemson's 12. Entering the meet, Florida State held three meet records overall. After all was said and done, the Seminoles held three new records and bettered one standing record. It marks the third time a men's team, who set two records, has broken two or more records at the same ACC meet. The last time the Florida state men set a record was in its second year in the league in 1993 when Jeff Bray set the pole vault standard at 18'0.5" (5.50m).
Five Seminoles defended their event titles with ten winning overall, three individuals set ACC Championships meet records plus one relay and three met automatic qualifying standards over the course of the three-day meet.
Sophomore All-America and defending ACC Champion Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) wowed the audience with his record-breaking, title-winning performances in the 200m and 400m. The reigning ACC 400m champion shattered the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships meet and Florida State school records with his time of 45.93 in the finals. North Carolina's Reggie Harris had the prior 400m best set in 1992. Cruising through the two-lap final, Chambers netted his first automatic qualifying mark of the season. The mark moves him into second in the nation in the event. The favorite entering the meet beat the next closest competitor by almost a full second. Freshman Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys' School) also had a career 400m run, posting a collegiate-best 47.85 in the first heat of the 400m.
Chambers returned an hour later to win the 200m dash in a personal best, provisional qualifying time of 21.13.Entering the meet with the second fastest 200m mark in the conference to teammate Walter Dix, who did not compete in the meet, the two-time All-America won his fourth career indoor title by two-hundredths of a second. Junior Ronald Wright (Baltimore, Md./Barton County Community College) was fourth overall tying a season-best in 21.57 and putting five points on the board for the Seminoles. Sophomore All-American Kenny O'Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) was seventh in his collegiate best time of 21.68.
Less than a day after winning the 5000m championship, senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) defended his 2005 3000m event win in a collegiate best time of 8:10.67, posting another ten points on the team's total. Redshirt sophomore Luke Beevor (Luton, England/Icknield) was fourth in 8:19.71 for five points.
Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) competing in his final indoor ACC Championship before heading to Oxford to study, went out on the highest note possible. The 2006 Rhodes Scholar set a new meet record in the shot put, tossing 66'2.25" (20.17m), shattering the old standard of 64'3.75" set in 2005 by UNC's Vikas Gowda. The distance is a quarter of an inch short of his nation-leading, season-best throw and counts as his fourth automatic qualifying mark of the season. It is the second career indoor shot put title for Johnson, who won as a freshman in 2003.
Sophomore All-American Tom Lancashire (Turton, England/Bolton) started the meet on a great note, winning his second mile run league title in as many years, in a provisional qualifying time of 4:04.36 and moving the Seminoles into sole possession of first place scoring ten points towards the team total.
Senior six-time All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) won his fourth consecutive indoor triple jump title, hitting the sand at 52'8" (16.05m) to take the title. It is the seventh consecutive triple jump championship for FSU beginning with Joe Allen (2000) and Mario Lowe (2001 and 2002). Senior Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) recorded three points in the event, posting a jump of 46'10" (14.27m), good for sixth place.
Junior Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) won his first ACC Conference title, streaking in the 60m to finish in a collegiate best 6.69. Sophomore All-American Kenny O'Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) and freshmen Antone Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee) and Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) took fourth through sixth places, respectively. O'Neal ran 6.81, Smith posted a time of 6.83 and Garvin rounded out the group with a clip of 6.87.
Redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) earned her second All-ACC honor, running a provisional qualifying time of 4:46.22 to take second in the mile run. Junior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough University) crossed the line in fifth place in 4:52.15.
Fellow distance runner freshman Susan Kuijken (Nijmejor, Netherlands/Steoelijk Gymnasium) made a strong case for freshman of the year on the women's side, taking runner-up honors in the 3000m run with a provisional qualifying time of 9:28.97. Her eight points moved the Seminoles into third place overall in the team standings with only the 4x400m relay remaining.
Redshirt sophomore Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) repeated his performance from last season, taking third place and earning his second All-ACC honor in a career-best time of 1:50.21. His six-point performance put Florida State up 50 points in the team standings.
Senior captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson), who had a 2005 season-best of 56.04, returned to put on one of the best performances of her life, running an indoor career-best of 54.49 for fourth place. Her point total combined with that of fellow sprinter Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) who took fifth in 54.88, moved the women's team into a tie for second place with 50 points.
Niako came back with another great run in the 200m, taking fifth in her first sub-24 second race of the year. The senior posted a 23.92, sahving almost a full second off last year's season-best, just ahead of Alycia Williams' eighth-place 24.46 time.
Senior captain LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) and teammate Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) had lifetime bests in the triple jump to take fifth and seventh, respectively. LeGree's mark of 42'11.75" (13.10m) and Williams' jump of 42'5.25" (12.93m) met the provisional qualifying standard of 41'6" (12.65m).
Junior Charlie Cotton (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) bettered his collegiate best mark by over four inches, clearing the bar at 16'0.75" (4.90m) to take fifth place. Teammate Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) tied for eighth place with a height of 15'7" (4.75m).
Junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) finished in eighth place with a time of 2:16.01.
The men's 4x400m relay finished in eighth in 3:17.15 on the legs of redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit), freshman Willie Gaines (West Palm Beach, Fla./American Heritage), Noyes and anchor leg Buchanan.
Women's Final Team Standings 1) Miami, 117 points 2) North Carolina, 96 points 3) Florida State, 81 points 4) Virginia Tech, 70 points 5) Georgia Tech, 67.5 points 6) NC State, 58.8333 points 7) Maryland, 46.5 points 8) Duke, 43 points 9) Virginia, 39.5 points 10) Wake Forest, 18 points 11) Clemson, 15 points 12) Boston College, 10.6666 points
Men's Final Team Standings 1) Florida State, 160.50 points 2) Clemson, 95 points 3) North Carolina, 64 points 4) Virginia Tech, 60 points 5) Wake Forest, 56 points 6) Virginia, 55 points 7) NC State, 52 points 8) Georgia Tech, 39 points 9) Miami, 36 points 10) Maryland, 29 points 11) Duke, 8.5 points 12) Boston College, 7 points
Provisional Qualifiers (Overall)
ACC Champions (Overall)