March 10, 2007
Fayetteville, Ark. – Florida State’s men’s squad ends the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in a four-way tie for second with Auburn, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Those four teams collected 15 points while Wisconsin leads the way with 20.
Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/Dwyer) tightened the grip on his title of fastest 400m runner in the nation when he finished in 45.64 in heat two of the prelims on Friday evening. That mark set a new personal best for the junior who makes his third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend.
Chambers will compete in section two of the finals on Saturday against Erison Hurtault of Columbia, Michael Bingham of Wake Forest, and Aaron Buzard of Minnesota.
In the men’s 60m dash prelims, junior Walter Dix (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Springs) ran 6.61 in heat one to beat out ACC champion Jacoby Ford of Clemson. Dix’s time is just shy of his personal best but is his fastest this season. Making it to the finals with Dix on Saturday will be senior Greg Bolden (Morrow, GA/Albany State) who ran 6.64 in heat two of the prelims. Senior Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/ St. Joseph Lycee) finished in 6.75 and sophomore Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) ran 6.78 to finish seventh and eighth in heat two, respectively.
For the women of Florida State, senior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) competed in heat two of the women’s mile run and finished second in 4:42.10. Parker led for all eight laps, but was overtaken just steps before the line by Duke’s Shannon Rowbury. The Blue Devil took home the ACC title just weeks earlier and clocked in tonight at 4:34.94. Both ladies will face-off in the finals tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. EST.
Following the women’s mile, things started to heat up as the men’s 200m dash prelims got underway. Dix, battling in his second event, gave his best performance of the season, running the world’s second fastest time of 20.40 in heat two. Joining Walter in the finals is freshman Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, VA/Bayside) who ran a personal best 20.83 in heat five to qualify. Garvin was slated to compete in the 200m, but would scratch after pulling up with a hamstring injury in the 60m prelims earlier in the night.
The Randal Tyson Track and Field Center has seen some amazing times in the men’s 200 meter lately. Just last weekend, a former University of Arkansas athlete who turned pro, Wallace Spearmon, competed unattached in the Arkansas Last Chance meet, finishing the 200m in 20.39 and setting the nation’s new leading time.
But all of that was about to change. When heat two of the 200m finals took off, Dix defended his indoor title by running a tremendous 20.32, claiming the world leading time this year, and earning his fifth indoor All-American honor (2005 & 2006: 60m, 200m; 2007: 200m). This time last year in Fayetteville, Ark., Dix ran his personal best 20.27 to take his first indoor championship.
“I’ve started to catch the reputation as the guy who shows up for the big meets,” Dix said. “I don’t think that’s a big thing though. I always want the big meets and I always thrive on the big meets.”
“I ran some great times today, but I wish I could have put a little more pressure on the 200 [meters], I was going for the record. But there is always next year and I have the outdoor season coming up.”
“Our team may have had a couple of slip-ups tonight,” Dix said. “But we are a team of champions so tomorrow we are going to come out here and focus on winning every event and take home the big win.”
Clark, who finished fourth in the 200m in and incredible 20.75, set a new personal best and earned his first indoor All-American honor. The Virginia Beach native is one of three freshmen to run in the finals and was the highest scorer in that group.
At the end of the night, the Seminoles found themselves in a four-way fight for second, trailing predicted champion Wisconsin. But with a good handful of opportunities to score on Saturday, don’t count Florida State out of the fight just yet.
“After tonight Walter Dix is looking really good,” head coach Bob Braman said. “If he starts the 60 meter tomorrow like he started the 200m he will be first or second for sure. Wisconsin has Demi Omole and we have Walt, so it is really a four-point swing between us and them.”
“Our freshman Charles Clark had a hurt foot and he still got fourth in the 200 meter and that was huge for us. We had hoped that Andrew Lemoncello would have scored at least three points for us and he did not have his best race. On top of that, we lost Michael Ray Garvin with an injury so we lost about four or five points there, but Clark scored higher than we had anticipated so we may be a couple down but we are still in a good position.”
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Abbreviated Results From Friday:
Men’s 400m Dash Prelims
1.Ricardo Chambers (Jr.) – Fla. State – 45.64
2. Aaron Buzard (Sr.) – Minnesota – 46.27
3. Michael Bingham (Jr.) – Wake Forest – 46.54
4. Erison Hurtlaut (Sr.) – Columbia – 46.54
5. Lesiba Masheto (So.) – Illinois – 46.63
6. Quentin Summers (So.) – Baylor – 46.64
7. Andretti Bain (Jr.) – Oral Roberts – 46.80
8. Calvin Smith (Fr) – Florida – 47.03
Men’s 60m Dash Prelims
1. Demi Omole (Sr.) – Wisconsin – 6.58
2. Walter Dix (Jr.) – Fla. State – 6.61
3. Travis Padgett (So.) – Clemson – 6.59
3. Jacoby Ford (Fr.) – Clemson – 6.61
5. Greg Bolden (Sr.) – Fla. State – 6.64
6. Rubin Williams (Jr.) – Tennessee – 6.64
7. Arel Gordon (Sr.) – Maine – 6.65
Women’s Mile Run Prelims
1. Shannon Rowbury (Sr.) – Duke – 4:41.96
2. Nicole Edwards (Jr.) – Michigan – 4:44.30
3. Barbara Parker (Sr.) – Fla. State – 4:42.09
4. Meghan Armstrong (Jr.) – Iowa – 4:44.40
5. Allie Bohannan (So.) – UCLA – 4:42.30
6. Jennie Twitchell (Sr.) – Utah State – 4:44.93
7. Sarah Bowman (So.) – Tennessee – 4:44.17
8. Natalie Picchetti (Jr.) – Georgia – 4:45.23
9. Laua Rolf (So.) – Valparaiso – 4:45.89
10. Amanda Miller (Jr.) – Washington – 4:46.48
Men’s 200m Dash Prelims
1. Walter Dix (Jr.) – Fla. State – 20.40
2. Rubin Williams (Jr.) – Tennessee – 2.55
3. Reggie Witherspoon (Sr.) – Baylor – 20.68
4. Arman Dixon (Jr.) – Sacred Heart – 20.80
5. Charles Clark (Fr.) – Fla. State – 20.83
6. Chris Dykes (So.) – Texas A&M – 20.86
7. Evander Wells (Fr. – Tennessee – 20.96
8. Trey Harts (Fr.) – Baylor – 21.00
Men’s 5,000m Run Finals
1. Chris Solinsky (Sr.) – Wisconsin – 13:38.61
2. Peter Kosgei (Sr.) – Arkansas – 13:39.88
3. Galen Rupp (So.) – Oregon – 13:40.38
4. Samuel Chelanga (Fr.) – Fairleigh Dickinson – 13:47.39
5. Tim Nelson (Sr.) – Wisconsin – 13:48.08
6. Kevin Chelimo (Sr.) – Texas Tech – 13:48.88
7. Sean Quigley (Jr.) – La Salle – 13:49.62
8. Josh McDougal (Jr.) – Liberty – 13:49.97
12. Andrew Lemoncello (Sr.) – Fla. State – 14:04.49
Men’s 200m Dash Finals
1. Walter Dix (Jr.) – Fla. State – 20.32
2. Rubin Williams (Jr.) – Tennessee – 20.63
3. Chris Dykes (So.) – Texas A&M – 20.67
4. Charles Clark (Fr.) – Fla. State – 20.75
5. Reggie Witherspoon (Sr.) – Baylor – 20.77
6. Evander Wells (Fr.) – Tennessee – 20.80
7. Arman Dixon (Jr.) – Sacred Heart – 20.94
8. Trey Harts (Fr.) – Baylor – 21.09