September 16, 2005 - by

Florida State Track Opens the 2006 Season With Fall Practice

Sept. 16, 2005

First Day of FSU Track Practice Photo Gallery
The Seminoles worked out for the first time during the 2005-06 Florida State season at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex.

The Florida State track and field program looks forward to another great year on the track in 2006. With the men returning nine All-Americans and the women lining up four returning All-Americans in addition to three 2005 NCAA National Champion qualifiers, FSU is set to take on the conference, region and nation in continuing to become a national powerhouse.

In 2005, freshman sensation Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) won the NCAA 100m National Championship en route to five All-American honors. Fellow rookie Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) was the top 400m runner in the nation, heading into the outdoor national championships, and broke the FSU school record in addition to earning All-American honors during the indoor and outdoor season.

Senior National Champion and All-American Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) will complete her final year as a member of the FSU track team. The four-time All-American will lead a pole vault group that includes two of her younger sisters – Kristin, a junior, and Brittany, a freshman.

The senior class is a very talented group expected to wrap up their careers on high notes. NCAA qualifiers Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope), LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) and Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) join NCAA Regional participants Lakendra McCollumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) and Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson).

For more information on the Florida State track and field program, please check www.seminoles.com. In the coming month, look for the 2006 Florida State Track and Field Media Guide with bio information, season previews and reviews as well as an expanded track history section.

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