March 15, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team will host the second meet of the season – the 2005 FSU Relays from Wednesday, March 16 to Saturday, March 19, 2005 at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex. The event is the second of five meets the Tribe will host this year, including the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships which takes place from April 21-13, 2005.
Three Secure Berths at Regional Championships… Senior Kimberly Walker, junior Andrew Diakos and sophomore Lindsey Nelson all earned a spot at the NCAA East Regional on May 27, 2005 in Randall’s Island, N.Y. Diakos threw a provisional qualifying mark of 185’7″ (56.58m) in the shot put, becoming the first Seminole this season to write his name on the regional list. Walker was the first collegiate finisher in the 100m dash, recording a provisional qualifying time of 11.75 in her first outing since coming back from the 2004 Athens Olympics. Nelson, who competed in the shot put and the discus, threw a distance of 47’6.5″ (14.49m), to add her name to the list of regional competitiors for the second season in a row.
This time last year… Former Seminole Marqus Johnson (Tampa, FL/Tampa Baptist) and junior John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) punched their tickets to regionals with qualifying marks at the 2004 FSU Relays. Johnson won the discus with a mark of 172’5″ (52.56m) while Fallone placed fourth in the men’s gold shot put with a throw of 55’4.25″ (16.87m). Then-sophomore LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, GA/Southwest Dekalb) posted a time of 13.77 in the 100m hurdles, joining the list of qualifiers for the NCAA East Regionals. McColumn also qualified for regionals in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.08.
FSU at FAMU… Traveling the shortest distance of the season, the FSU track team sent a few competitors to the FAMU Relays, just a few miles from the Seminoles’ home track. At the event, junior Kate Purcell won the javelin throw with a mark of 132’9″ (40.47m). Sophomore Matt Hurley was the runner-up in the pole vault, recording a season-opening height of 15′ (4.57m). In the women’s pole vault event, freshman Leilani Caraballo and sophomore Kristin Janson finished in a tie for second place.
Outdoor Firsts… A number of Seminoles competed in the first outdoor collegiate track competition as a member of the Garnet and Gold at the Snowbird Invitational. Included in that group were – Quiana Holsey (100m), Naikeya Heath (200m, 400m), Kandia Batchelor (200m, 400m), Devon Rich (400m), Ashley Thompson (400m), Audrey Hand (1500m), Laura Bowerman (5000m), Kirsten Hagen (5000m), Amanda Hahn (5000m), Cristen Litz (5000m), Ashley Andress (5000m), Heather Leblanc (100m, long jump, javelin), Erin Voss (discus, hammer, javelin). On the men’s side, Elliot Wood (400m) and Matt Frith (200m, long jump, shot put) had their first outdoor competition at FSU.
From Conference Champions to Conference Host… Fresh off a men’s ACC Indoor Championship, the Seminoles will have the opportunity to put their hometown on display, when all 11 teams come to Tallahassee for the outdoor conference meet. The last time the FSU hosted a championship meet was 1992. North Carolina won both team championships that season. Current Tribe leader associate head coach Harlis Meaders won the league title in the discus. FSU is also scheduled to host the 2005 ACC Cross Country Championships.
Looking Ahead… After the home meet, FSU will split squads, with one group heading to Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Relays and another heading west to the Stanford Invitational from March 24-26, 2005. The first weekend in April, the Seminoles head to Atlanta, Ga., for the Yellow Jacket Invitational.
Teams in attendance… Auburn, Bethune-Cookman, Bradley, Colgate (M), Wooster, Florida A&M, Florida Southern, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville (W), Johnson Country Community College, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Miami (Ohio), Mid-American Nazarene, Northern Illinois, Simpson College, Troy State, Central Florida, Florida (M), Michigan (W), North Florida, Tampa, West Florida, Weber College. Also the Bahamian National Team (4×100), Jamaican National Team (4×1 and 4×4), Trinidad and Tobago National Team (4×4 and 4×1) will send representatives compete.