July 6, 2006
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Two-time national champion Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) and junior All-American Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) will represent the United States at the 2006 North American, Caribbean American (NACAC) Under-23 Championships at Panamerican Stadium in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 7-9, 2006. Sophomore All-American Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) and freshman Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmer’s Boys’ School) met the standard for their native country of Jamaica but only NCAA runner-up Chambers will compete in the 400m this weekend.
Johnson ended his Seminole career with his best year to date. The 2006 Rhodes Scholar won both NCAA shot put titles, was crowned ACC and NCAA East Region shot put champion and broke the ACC and NCAA East Region records. Off the track, Johnson was selected the top track scholar-athlete in the country by CoSIDA and named to his second ESPN The Magazine All-American team.
Bolden wasted no time in his first full year at FSU, earning All-American indoor honors in the 60m, winning the ACC 60m crown and leading off one of the fastest 4x100m relays in the nation. The junior transfer and NCAA Division II 100m National Champion was the most consistent sprinter on the team, running a season-best 100m time of 10.24 in earning an automatic bid to nationals at the NCAA East Region meet.
Chambers produced another strong sprint season for the Seminoles, earning Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Performer of the Year in addition to three conference titles, one region title and a second-place national finish in the 400m dash. Chambers point-scoring performances helped FSU to its first men’s national title and defended the ACC Indoor and Outdoor and NCAA East Region team championships. Two weeks ago, Chambers won his first Jamaican national 400m title, running 45.13 at National Stadium in Kingston.
Buchanan regionally qualified in the 400m hurdles during his first year in Garnet and Gold. He also added the open 400m to his resume. Although qualified for the meet, Buchanan will not compete in the competition.
Chambers is the first Seminole on the track, competing in the open 400m on Saturday at 9:55 a.m. Johnson will step into the shot put circle for the first time at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Expect Bolden to begin his 4x100m relay handoffs at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday.
Former Seminole and school record holder Dorian Scott represented Jamaica in winning the shot put championship at the 2004 meet in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
Almost 500 student-athletes are entered in the competition that draws the best young track and field athletes in the region every two years.
For more information, continue to follow Florida State on the Seminoles.com website and visit the nation’s governing body for track and field – United States Track and Field Association – at www.usatf.org.