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FSU Hosts Final Meet of Season

May 5, 2005

Seminole Twilight Notes
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Tallahassee, Fla.
– The Florida State track and field team returns home for its final home meet of the season at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex – the Seminole Twilight. The event takes place on May 7, 2005 with field events set to begin at 12:00 p.m. and running events starting at 5:30 p.m.

Seminole twilight notes

ACC Accolades… FSU swept the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track honors with Head Coach Bob Braman earning Coach of the Year, sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) taking Performer of the Year and freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) being named Rookie of the Year. It marks the first time in conference history the same trio won during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. For Braman, he becomes the second Seminole coach to win dual season honors, joining former head coach Terry Long who did it in 2003. It marks the second time FSU has swept the outdoor honor with the first group of Long, Craphonso Thorpe and current Tribe captain Garrett Johnson taking the accolades in 2003.

ACC Outdoor Performer of the Year Tom Lancashire

Lancashire, the 2005 ACC Indoor Performer of the Year, won the 800m and 1500m events at the outdoor track championships. He took his first individual outdoor titles with start times separated by only 63 minutes. Lancashire is the third outdoor performer of the year in six seasons for FSU and first to sweep both indoor and outdoor accolades. The sophomore earned his first All-American honor with a fifth place finish in the mile at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.

ACC Outdoor Rookie of the Year Walter Dix

Dix won the 100m and 200m dashes and ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay that won the first 400m relay league event title in the program’s history. Dix tied the 100m record in leading all runners in the preliminary race with a 10.23 clip. The two-time All-American returned the following day to better the time and take the ACC record in 10.22. The junior indoor 200m record holder finished the indoor season with league titles in the 60m and 200m and went on to All-American honors in both events. Dix is the third individual to earn the freshman outdoor honors but the first Seminole to win in the same season.

Junior Class Among the Nation’s Best…

The class of 2006 at FSU is a talented group with four of its top competitors among the top-20 in the country, in their respective events. Junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) is in the top-20 in two events. In the heptathlon, she has the tenth best point total with 5391 points and in the 100m hurdles, she sits at No. 17 with a mark of 13.34. Junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) has the second highest ranking of any Seminole with an 11th place seeding in the triple jump, with her personal best distance of 43’3.25″ (13.19m). Classmate LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) ran a career-best 57.85 in the 400m hurdles at the league championships meet, moving her into 13th place in the nation. Junior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) has the 19th fastest 3000m steeplechase time with her 10:25.91 clip, recorded at the ACC Championships.

LeGree Getting Closer to the Top…

Junior triple jumper LaToya Legree moved closer to the top two spots on FSU’s all-time list when she recorded a distance of 43’3.25 (13.19m) at the league title meet. She sits at number three just barely two feet short of the top slot. LeGree is in good company, as she is chasing national champions Esmeralda Garcia (1985) and Teresa Bundy (2002) for the best mark in Seminole history.

Site of 2005 ACC Championships Also Home to Champions…

The 2005 Florida State men’s track and field team won its third Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in four seasons, taking the title at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex in Tallahassee on April 23, 2005. The Seminoles won ten of 12 running events and placed at least one person in the top four of eight of nine field events. FSU’s 222.50 points in the win was just 1.5 points shy of the meet record set in 2004 by Clemson. It is the largest margin of victory by any team since the Tribe joined the league in 1992 and the highest total by a Seminole squad since the 202 points scored in the 2003 championship run.

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