May 14, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Freshman Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) took the spotlight on the final day (May 14) of the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. The rookie ran the fastest 400m dash in the nation, clocking in at 44.87, breaking the Florida State school record. The indoor and outdoor conference champion bested Olympic gold medalist Walter McCoy’s school record of 44.99 set in 1981.
Fellow rookie Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) moved up one spot in the national rankings, running a 10.12 in the 100m prelims. In winning the event, he moved into a tie with Oklahoma’s Dabryan Blanton for the third fastest 100m time in the country this year.
Redshirt sophomore All-American Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) won his second event in as many days, in throwing a career-best 194’1″ (59.15m) in the discus. The mark moves him closer to the top position on FSU’s all-time list and up to sixth in the nation this season.
The women’s 4x100m ran a season best time of 44.96 to take third in the event. Senior Olympian Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad/Polytechnic) ran an 11.75 to advance to the finals in the 100m, where she finished in fifth place with an 11.76.
Junior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) was eighth in the 400m hurdles in a time of 58.93.
Redshirt junior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron-Collier) threw 196’1″ (59.76m) in the hammer throw.
Freshman Kenny O’Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) took fourth in his heat with a time of 10.56 in the 100m dash. Senior All-American Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo) ran a 10.68 for third in his heat.
The next outing for FSU is scheduled for May 27-28, when the Seminoles head to Randalls Island, N.Y. for the 2005 NCAA East Regional Championships.