June 23, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team began competition at the 2005 U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, today (Thursday), June 23, 2005 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Freshman Beau Burroughs (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Jesuit) was third in the shot put, earning a spot as first alternate on the team. Freshman heptathlete Heather Leblanc (Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee) finished the day with 2658 points through four events.
Burroughs finished in third place, tossing 61’5.75″ (18.74m) earning a spot as an alternate on the U.S. roster for the Pan-Am Games. Fouling only once through six attempts, Burroughs led heading into the preliminaries and finished just 1.25 inches short of second place. National High School Champion and Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year Ryan Whiting from Central Dauphin HS won the event with a throw of 64’9.25″ (19.74m).
“Our goal was to make the team,” said associate head coach Harlis Meaders, the East Region Assistant Coach of the Year in throws. “We knew it would be challenging. We’re very proud of the work he’s done and he’s going to continue to get better. He did a great job at the biggest meet of the year for him. Beau will be a solid conference and regional contributor entering in his first full season of competition with the Seminoles.”
LeBlanc opened the afternoon with the 100m hurdles, finishing fifth in her flight and sixth overall in 15.02 for 839 points. In the high jump, LeBlanc cleared 4’11.50″ (1.51m) for 632 points. On her first attempt in the shot put, the rookie hit 28’9.25″ (8.77m) for 449 points. Wrapping up the day with the 200m, LeBlanc crossed the line in 26.69.
The 2005 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held concurrently with the USA Outdoor Championships in Carson, as the nation’s best under-20-year-old athletes compete for spots on the Team USA roster for the 2005 Pan American Junior Championships, July 28-31 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) finished eighth with a throw of 191’11” (58.51m). The indoor All-American hit the mark on his fifth throw after fouling the fourth attempt.
In 2003, Johnson finished with the fourth farthest throw in the discus, tossing 174’4 (53.13m). The 2005 NCAA East Region Discus and Shot Put Champion earned a spot on the American junior team and a berth at the Pan-Am Games, after winning the shot put title.
The 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American returns to the track on Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. for the Visa Shot Put Final.
For more information and updated results, please visit http://www.usatf.org. The meet will be televised on ESPN on Saturday, June 25 from 4-6 p.m., and from 5-7 p.m. on ESPN2 on Sunday, June 26 (all times Eastern).