April 22, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Sitting just two points out of first place, the Florida State men’s track and field team finished day two (April 22) of the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships poised to win the title at home at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex. The Seminole men have 57 points while North Carolina and Clemson are tied for first with 59 points. The women’s team is in eighth place with 21 points.
Freshman two-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) won the 100m and 200m dash preliminaries. Running with the flu, he tied the meet record of 10.23 in the 100m, a mark previously owned by Clemson’s Greg Moses. He ran his first open 200m of the season in a regional qualifying time of 20.64. Fellow rookie Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) took second in the 200m in 21.08 behind Dix and also won the preliminaries of the 400m dash in a regional qualifying mark of 46.28. Hubert Mitchell (Palm Beach Lakes, Fla./Palm Beach Community) took sixth place in 47.80 to join Chambers in the 400m final.
Sophomore All-American Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph) and junior Ricky Argro (Orlando, Fla./Lyman) finished in fourth and fifth in the 100m to move on to the finals in season-best marks of 10.51 and 10.56, respectively. Nabe also qualified for the event finals of the 200m dash with a 21.39
Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) recorded a career-best throw of 187’5″ (57.12m) in the discus to take second place and earn his fourth overall All-ACC honor. The 2003 conference shot put champion moved into second place, passing former Seminole Jody Lawrence, on the all-time FSU list with his mark with his third and final throw of the series.
Junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) earned a spot in the 100m hurdles finals, running a 13.64 and finishing as the fifth fastest qualifier, one spot ahead of teammate LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb), who ran a 13.73 to take the final place in tomorrow’s finals. McColumn added the 400m hurdles to her list of events for tomorrow, winning her heat in a career-best 58.50.
Lane, who entered the day leading in the heptathlon event, finished in second place overall with 5391 points to earn her second outdoor All-ACC honor. She long jumped 17’3.5″ (5.27m) for sixth place and she threw 119’1″ (36.29m) in the javelin for third place. She capped off her best collegiate heptathlon performance with a second place finish in the 800m in 2:20.28. Her point total places her sixth in the nation. Freshman Heather Leblanc (Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee) was seventh with 4607 points.
Senior Courtney Wright (Bartonsville, Ill./Limestone Community College) earned his first All-ACC honor with a second place finish in the long jump, posting a 24’4.25″ (7.42m) – just a quarter of an inch shy of his career-best mark. Junior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) was fourth with a distance of 24’00.75″ (7.33m) while classmate Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge) took eighth for one point with a mark of 23’3.25″ (7.09m).
Junior Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) boosted his career-best mark to a regionally qualifying 6’10.75 (2.10m) in the high jump, earning fourth place and adding five points to the team total. Sophomore Eric Critzer (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) ran a personal best, regional qualifying time of 9:05.57, good for seventh place.
Freshman Matt Frith (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) finished in fourth place in the decathlon with a point total of 6456. He opened up the day with a fifth place finish in the men’s 110m hurdles in a time of 15.69. After a 110′ (33.53m) throw in the discus and an event win in the pole vault (14’11” (4.55m)), all he had to do was stay within nine seconds of Georgia Tech’s Greg McCormick. Frith crossed the line just a half a second behind him to secure fourth place and add five team points for FSU.
Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) moved on to the qualifying round of the 1500m winning his heat in 3:54.47 in the prelims. Sophomore Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, Fla./Washington) had the second fastest time of the day, running 3:51.96 to join the group of qualifiers. Senior captain Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) also made it to the finals in 3:52.57.
Lancashire and redshirt freshman Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) won each of their heats, advancing to the 800m final on Saturday. Noyes ran a career-best, regional qualifying time of 1:49.55 to beat the group while Lancashire qualified for his second final of the day in 1:50.30.
Freshman Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) was the fastest competitor in the 400m hurdles, posting a 51.80. Senior Greg Johnson (Miami, Fla./FIU) was fifth in 52.91 to also advance to the final.
Junior All-American Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) and Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain) were two of the eight finalists in the 400m dash, after running 54.49 and 55.10, respectively. Niako’s mark was the fastest 400m time this season of any Seminole and Adams’ time was a personal-best.
Niako also qualified for a second event, running a 200m time of 24.00 to win her heat. Senior Olympian Kimberly Walker (Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic) finished right behind her in the event, posting a time of 24.21.
In the women’s 1500m, junior transfer Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) moved into the final 12 with a 4:30.98 clip. Rookie Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va./Christiansburg) just missed qualifying with a career-best time of 4:35.13. Parker added five points to the team score with a fourth place finish in the 3000m steeplechase in 10:25.91.
Sophomore Charlene Walker (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) finished in ninth place with a season-best jump of 19’1.5″ (5.83m). Classmate Lindsey Nelson threw 45’11.75″ (14.01m) in the shot put for ninth place.