June 6, 2007
Sacramento, Calif. – The first day of action was packed for Florida State at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. In front of a crowd of 6,506, the men advanced all athletes in the 100m, 400m, 4x100m relay, and 3,000m steeplechase, while the women move on in the steeplechase.
In the 4x100m semifinal, the three top-ranked teams in the country posted the fastest qualifying times. The national leading Seminole team of Greg Bolden, Walter Dix, Michael Ray Garvin, and Charles Clark ran 39.53, the third-best time of the day, behind Louisiana State and Tennessee.
Less than two hours later was the first round of the men’s 100m dash featuring Dix, Garvin and Bolden from FSU. All three advanced to the semifinals.
In the 100m semifinals the top four from each heat plus the next fastest time advance to the finals. Bolden and Garvin ran in heat one with Bolden automatically advancing with his fourth-place finish time of 10.22. Dix won his heat in 10.13 while Garvin nabbed the ninth spot with his time of 10.24.
“It was a very relaxed race,” Dix said. “It was a good win; made it a lot easier to get through the round.”
The 100m finals will be Friday night and Dix feels confident going into the race this year.
“My confidence is there,” Dix said. “Right now everything is clicking, it’s there. We’ll just have to wait and see.
“[Winning the 100m and 200m] is something I have been working on for the last three years. It’s a big goal of mine; I want the records, I want the wins.”
Also competing in a first round was junior Ricardo Chambers in the 400m. Chambers won his heat in 46.55 and advances to the semifinals on Friday.
“We did what we had to do today,” head coach Bob Braman said. “We got the men’s 4×100 through and our three guys in the 100m. Now we need to get [Andrew Lemoncello] and [Luke Gunn] through in the steeplechase tonight.”
Lemoncello and Gunn did just that. Both Seminoles will compete in the finals of the 3,000m steeplechase after qualifying in 8:40.91 and 8:42.60, respectively.
Finally it was the women’s turn in the 3,000m steeplechase with senior Barbara Parker representing Florida State. Parker finished second in heat one with a mark of 9:57.71 and will advance to the finals on Friday evening.
Also on the women’s side was senior Alycia Williams in the first round of the 400m. Williams finished fourth in her heat in 52.74, but will not advance to the next round.
The excitement builds Thursday with Florida State’s first event being the first round of the men’s 200m at 3:30pm PST. Seminoles.com will post complete results as soon as they are available and live results can be found at FlashResults.com.
Florida State – Wednesday Results
Men’s 4x100m prelims
3) FSU (Bolden, Dix, Garvin, Clark) – 39.53
Men’s 400m prelims
5) Ricardo Chambers – 46.55q
Women’s 3,000m steeplechase semifinals
3) Barbara Parker – 9:57.71q
Women’s 400m prelims
27) Alycia Williams – 54.53
q – moves on to the next round