Jan. 27, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State track and field squad will split squads for the second of three weeks during the indoor season, taking the multi’s group to Clemson, S.C., and another contingent to Lexington, Ky., for the Wildcat Invitational this weekend, January 28-29, 2005.
Niswonger Invitational Meet A Success for Seminoles… Dix won the 60m and 200m events en route to breaking the school record in the 200m dash (previously held by Olympian Brian Dzingai). Dix ran 6.66 and 20.87 respectively at the meet. Freshman Kenny O’Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) finished second in the preliminary race for the 60m dash in a time of 6.75 and fourth in the finals. Junior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron-Collier) finished fifth in the weight throw while sophomore Dana Massiah moved on to the 400m finals after a top five finish in the prelims. The women’s 4x400m relay finished in first in the preliminary race.
Distance Debuts at Kentucky… Many of the members of the distance area will don the Garnet and Gold for the first time this year. Included in the traveling group are two-time All-ACC honoree senior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) in the 3000m run alongside fellow conference honorees sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and redshirt junior Eddy Rodriguez (Miami, Fla./FIU). Freshman duo Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, Fla./King) and Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va./Christiansburg) also hit the track, the first time for both as Seminoles.
3-for-3 in the ACC… Florida State has taken or shared all three of the Atlantic Coast Conference Performers of the Week honors for the 2005 indoor season. Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) won the first week for his performance at the Clemson Opener. During the second week, Johnson shared the honor, after an FSU-record setting outing, with Virginia Tech’s Spyridon Jullien. Rookie Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) claimed the third title for his record-setting, multi-event performance at the Niswonger Invitational.
Dix Doing Well at Florida State… Walter Dix has made a splash on the collegiate scene in just two meets., earning ACC Performer of the Week honors in his second outing for his performance at the Niswonger Invitational. He has provisionally qualified in three events – 55m, 60m and 200m with event wings in the 60m and 200m dashes. He leads the ACC all three events. Dix is one of three freshmen in the ACC with provisional qualifying marks – the other two are teammates Kenny O’Neal (55m) and Ricardo Chambers (400m) and the only person in the nation to qualify in all the 60m and 200m events. In addition to running, Dix long jumped at the Niswonger Invitational, taking fifth overall with a mark of 23’11.75″ (7.31m).
Automatically There, Provisionally Waiting… Senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) and Garrett Johnson have secured spots at the 2005 NCAA Indoor National Championships, with automatic qualifying marks thrown at the Florida Intercollegiate on January 15, 2005. The freshman trio of Ricardo Chambers, Walter Dix and Kenny O’Neal has provisionally qualified. On the women’s side, junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) provisionally qualified in the triple jump.