Feb. 10, 2007
Competition at the Tyson Invite comes to an end with the Seminoles taking care of what they came to do by qualifying two automatically and seven provisionally for nationals.
It was a big day for the women as senior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, FL) posted a personal best mark of 43’0.25″ in the women’s triple jump to place first overall. The jump also provisionally qualifies Williams for nationals and moves her to the top of the conference.
The women’s 4x400m relay finished a foot behind Miami to take fifth place, earning them the third fastest time in the conference with a 3:41.01 clock and a provisional bid for nationals.
In men’s action, junior Walter Dix (Coral Springs, FL) clinched the title of the fastest 200m runner in the ACC and the nation after he finished first in 20.73. Dix becomes the fourth automatic qualifier for the men’s team, along with Greg Bolden (Morrow, GA) in the 60m, Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach County, FL) in the 400m, and Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrew’s, Scotland) who qualified in the 5,000m out in Washington with his time of 13:46.00.
Finishing just behind Baylor, the men’s 4x400m relay finished with an ACC leading time of 3:08.26 to provisionally qualify and set a new Florida State school record, which was 3:08.67 and originally set in 1984.
“We got a lot of things done today,” head coach Bob Braman said. “That is what we came here to do, we wanted to get as many qualifiers as we could. It was a really good day for the women with Alyce in the triple jump and the 4x400m relay. For the men we got Walter qualified and now he and Ricardo are the fastest in the nation. We also got a chance to see how the other teams are stacking up for nationals and I think we are looking pretty good right now.”
Footage from the Tyson Invitational will air on ESPN2 tomorrow, Sunday, February 11, at 1:00 PM EST. The next stop for the Seminoles will be the ACC Indoor Championship from February 22 – 24 held at Clemson University.