Jan. 12, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State track and field squad opens the spring semester with a trip to Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Intercollegiate meet on January 15, 2005 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Seminoles take the track for the second time this season after competing in the Clemson Opener on December 3, 2004.
Return from hiatus… Seniors Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL/Cardinal Mooney) and Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) return from redshirt seasons. Janson looks to continue her dominance and keep her spot as one of the nation’s best pole vaulters and the best in Florida State school history. The four-time All-American took the indoor season of 2004 to train for the Olympic Trials. Scott will step onto the track as the school record holder in the shot put and one of nine Seminole men to earn a berth at the NCAA National Championships in the last two seasons. The two-time All-American is one of two current throwers that have competed at the nationals meet.
And the ACC Honor Goes To… Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, FL/Tampa Baptist Academy) earned the first Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Performer of the Week honor of the season after his outstanding return to the track in December at the Clemson Opener. Johnson posted a provisional qualifying mark in the men’s shot put competition in his first meet of the season. The two-time ACC Champion finished first in the event after establishing a throw of 61′ 10.5″ (18.86m). Johnson’s mark was less than two feet off the indoor school record at Florida State and is currently the farthest throw in the nation.
Clemson Opener Was A Great Start and Finish… The Seminoles opened the 2005 season and closed the year with a meet at Clemson on December 3, 2004. FSU brought home three event wins and its first provisional qualifying mark of the season. In addition to Johnson’s shot put mark, senior Sydney Mondragon (Pueblo, CO/South) and sophomore Tommy Noyes (Canton, Ohio/Hoover) won their 800m events. Mondragon began her senior campaign with the win in a time of 2:21, for the first event win of the season. Noyes, a leg on the ACC Championship distance medley relay team, took first in 1:53.69 and currently holds the fastest 800m mark in the conference. Junior Kenny Jesensky (Orlando, FL/Coastal Carolina) took second in mile run by less than one second, finishing in 4:20.46.
Talented Group Takes the Track… Included on the roster for the 2005 FSU track and field season are eight people who have amassed a combined total of 20 All-American honors. Leading the way is five-time All-American senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) who earned accolades for her performances during the indoor and outdoor track season as well as cross country. Hughes also was awarded two for her finishes during the 2002 and 2003 outdoor campaigns. Junior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) and Lacy Janson have four in the triple jump and pole vault, respectively. Seniors Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) and Dorian Scott have two apiece while senior Rhoan Sterling (Ontario, Canada/Toledo), junior Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern HS) and sophomore Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph) all have one as legs of the 2004 All-American 4x100m relay team that finished in third place at nationals.
Senior Class Pictures… The senior class is one to remember with five All-Americans including one national champion and one Olympian. Natalie Hughes, Lacy Janson, Willie Johnson, Dorian Scott, and Rhoan Sterling all comprise the All-American class of 2005. Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad/Polytechnic) was a member of the contingency that traveled to Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games, representing her native country of Trinidad & Tobago. Fellow upperclassmen Ian Hornabrook (Queensland, Australia/Rend Lake College) is a four-time All-ACC selection and a two-time NCAA South Region Honoree for his performance on the cross country course.
This Meet, Last Year… At the 2004 Florida Intercolegiates, then-sophomore Rafeeq Curry qualified for indoor nationals, jumping 52’00” (15.84m) and transfer John Fallone won his first event as a Seminole – the shot put – with a mark of 55’10” (17.03m).
Rookie Coach Starting Superb Sophomore Season… Second year head coach Bob Braman started his second season with the Seminoles similar to the 2003-04 campaign – with national qualifiers and event wins. At the 2004 Clemson Opener, Garrett Johnson provisionally qualified for nationals in the shot put. At the inauguaral Clemson Opener, in 2003 which was Braman’s first year at the helm of the Florida State program, then-senior Vicky Gill automatically qualified for the 5000m run. Gill went on to win All-America honors for her fourth place finish at the 2003 NCAA National Championships. At both Clemson meets, FSU picked up event wins: 2003 – Vicky Gill (3000m), Rafeeq Curry (Triple Jump); 2004 – Garrett Johnson (Shot Put), Sydney Mondragon (800m Run), Tommy Noyes (800m Run).