Jan. 24, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s track and field program took one step closer towards its first national championship, earning the top spot in the Trackwire 25 poll, announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. Trackwire 25 is a poll that forecasts the final standings of the NCAA National Championships. The prediction uses information gathered from coaches and competitions across the nation and uses the Dandy Dozen power rankings to predict potential national champions.
“Obviously, this is real exciting for our program,” said head coach Bob Braman. “To be considered in the same category as perennial champion Arkansas is quite flattering. We’re well aware that they have 41 championship banners hanging in their locker room and there’s good reason for that.”
The team is No. 1 for the first time in program history. FSU moved up one spot from the season-opening No. 2 ranking, after an impressive showing at the Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. The poll has FSU predicted to score 59 points, which is ten more than second-place Arkansas and 46 more than No. 19 Florida. No. 10 Virginia Tech (20 points) is the only other team in the conference in the top 25.
The ranking is based on the Dandy Dozen, which ranks the top 12 athletes in 15 events plus two relays. Senior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) and sophomore national champion Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) top the triple jump and the 60m dash, respectively. Curry is also listed as the eighth-best long jumper in the nation while Dix, who is expected to run at the Florida Fast Times meet, is tabbed second in the 200m.
Sophomore Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) remained at the top of the 400m list, after an impressive outing at the Lobo Invite. The two-time All-America, who ran 47.06, was the top collegian and second overall in the event, this past Saturday, behind Olympian Alleyne Francique.
Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) moved up two spots in the shot put to second-place, after winning the event in New Mexico and topping then second-ranked Sean Shields from Arizona. Junior transfer Greg Bolden ‘s (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) provisional qualifying marked moved him up as well, from 11th to fourth in the 60m.
Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton), who has yet to compete in 2006, is rated sixth in the mile run. The two-time ACC Performer of the Year returns after finishing in fifth place at indoor nationals in 2005.
FSU’s 4x400m relay is fifth behind 1. LSU, 2. Baylor, 3. Texas Tech and 4. Texas A&M.
Trackwire 25 Men’s Team Rankings
1. FLORIDA STATE, 59; 2. Arkansas, 49; 3. Wisconsin, 47; 4. Texas, 39;
5. LSU, 29; 6. Tennessee, 28; t7. Nebraska, 23; t7. Arizona, 23;
9. Baylor, 22; 10. Virginia Tech, 20; 11. Oregon, 18; t12. Texas A&M, 17;
t12. Michigan, 17; 14. Indiana, 16; t15. TCU, 15; t15. Texas Tech, 15;
t15. South Carolina, 15; 18. Kansas, 14; 19. Florida, 13; 20. USC, 12;
21. Auburn, 11; 22. BYU, 10; 23. Middle Tennessee State, 9;
t24. Akron, 6; t24. Missouri, 6; t24. Liberty, 6.