May 13, 2006
Atlanta, Ga. – Sophomore Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) quieted all his critics at the Reebok Invitational on Saturday evening (May 13) on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, winning the 200m race and regionally qualifying for the first time this year in the event with a time of 20.25.
The mark, just seven hundredths of a second off his personal best time, is the third fastest time this year in the nation and ties the sixth speediest time in the world this season. The reigning NCAA 100m National Champion has already met the NCAA East Region standard in the 100m and as a leg of the 4x100m relay.
Florida State junior mid-distance All-American Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) ran 1:45.76 to set the George C. Griffin Track time and break a 20-year old school record. The two-time All-American’s time is the fastest in the NCAA this year and the seventh fastest in the world this year. Fellow 800m runner, redshirt sophomore Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) qualified for the NCAA East Region Championships, running a time of 1:49.04.
The women’s 4x400m relay team ended the regular season with a win in 3:38.24. Senior Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) ran the first leg, exchanging with junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) who handed off to senior Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain). Redshirt junior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) anchored the victorious quartet.
Senior Evelyne Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) took second overall in the 100m preliminary race and the finals, running 11.52 in the finals after recording an 11.59 clip in the prelims. Sprinter and fellow senior Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) improved her 400m regional qualifying time by more than half a second, running 53.40 and placing fourth. Sophomore Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) also qualified individually in the open 400m with a personal-best time of 54.24, anchored the victorious quartet.
Redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) finished in third place in the 800m with a mark of 2:07.97. Junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) ran a season best 2:11.89 to round out the top ten runners.
Prior to running the 1600m-relay, Alyce Williams improved on her triple jump region mark, hitting the sand at 42’10.25″ (13.06m).
Junior Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) placed first in her heat and seventh overall in the discus with a throw of 146’10” (44.77m).
Junior transfer Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) and freshman sprinter Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) finished fifth and sixth in the 100m, respectively, running times of 10.38 and 10.51.
Freshman Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmer’s Boys’ School) regionally qualified in his second event, running 47.05 in the open 400m. He met the regional standard in the 400m hurdles
Pole vaulter Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) vaulted 16’0.75″ (4.90m) for fourth place.
The Seminoles are off next weekend but return to action May 26-27, 2006 for the NCAA East Region Championships on the campus of N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.