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FSU Track Take NCAA Title Hopes To Fayetteville

March 8, 2006

NCAA Schedule of Events and Results

Fayetteville, Ark. – With the overlap of indoor and outdoor season, the Florida State (No. 4/4) men’s and women’s track team take their title hopes to the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships at Randal Tyson Track and Field Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas from Friday, March 10 to Saturday, March 11, 2006. The heavily favored men’s team sends six of the nation’s elite student-athletes to bring home the elusive team title. The women’s squad will rely on two veteran competitors to place them among the top teams in the nation.

Dix Storms Back To Lock Second Consecutive Bid To Indoor Nationals

After appearing in only two meets prior to last weekend’s Iowa State NCAA Qualifier, sophomore five-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) almost jeopardized his chances of returning the NCAA Indoor National Championship, where he put on a stellar performance last season. The World Junior Indoor 200m record holder quieted all doubters when he ran the second fastest indoor time in the world (20.50) in the preliminaries of the 200m race. The 200m time is the second fastest that he has run in his career and makes him the favorite to win another title by .14 of a second. He also recorded the sixth-fastest 60m clip in the NCAA this year at 6.65, just three-hundredths of a second short of the automatic standard.

2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Recap

The Seminoles placed among the top ten programs for the first time in 31 years in taking eighth place with 26 points. Dix broke the world junior record en route to two All-American honors while Chambers almost missed the finals because of another disqualified runner. Garrett Johnson and Tom Lancashire were fifth in the shot put and the mile run while then-junior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) was sixth in the triple jump. Senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) also made an appearance in the pole vault.

Bolden Anchors Seminole Sprint Corps

Junior transfer Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) is utilizing every opportunity he has been presented with at the NCAA Division I level. The NCAA Division II 100m National Champion secured a berth at his first championship meet at this level, running the seventh-fastest 60m time in the nation (6.67). Bolden led the 55m and 60m events for the majority of the season and won his first ACC crown in the 60m dash.

Johnson Pulling Double Duty Early In The Season

Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) is making his final tour as a Seminole track student-athlete one for the record books – literally. The Rhodes Scholar, who will forego his final year of eligibility to study abroad at Oxford University in England, set a new shot put standard at the ACC Championships and then turned around and bettered the FSU school best mark in the outdoor shot put at the Snowbird Invitational.

Williams Sisters Use Speed To Ignite Seminole Squad

Major contributors in just a short amount of time, the Williams sisters’ Alyce and Alycia have a lot to do with the FSU women’s team’s third place finish at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships from February 23-25, 2006. The duo competed in

Braman Nabs Second ACC Coach of the Year Honor

In just three seasons, current head coach Bob Braman has been voted the best among his peers in being selected the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. The 12-member conference decided Braman was the league’s top leader after an impressive showing at the 2006 ACC Championships. The Seminoles won their fourth consecutive title and fifth overall and scored 160 points for the third straight season.

NCAA Indoor Championships To Be Broadcast On ESPN

The 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will air on Sunday, March 14 on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. EST.

TWO ACC POWS On Same Squad, Same Year

Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and Ricardo Chambers share one of the highest track and field honors in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both have been voted ACC Performer of the Year for their stellar performances at the league championship meet. Lancashire was honored in 2005 for his title-winning performances in the mile run and as anchor leg in the distance medley relay as well as a fourth place finish in the 3000m run. The seven-time All-ACC honoree ran a total of four races in 24 hours to help FSU edge Clemson by 2.5 points. Chambers, this season’s selection, was crowned 200m and 400m champion and broke the 12-year old, 400m ACC meet record in running the fourth fastest indoor time in the world. He was five-hundredths of a second short of picking up his second automatic qualifying mark, posting a then-conference leading 21.13 in taking the 200m crown.

Chambers Posts Fourth Fastest 2006 World 400m Time in Record-Breaking Meet

Ricardo Chambers ran the fastest time ever at an ACC track meet (45.93) breaking the original record set in 1992 by North Carolina’s Reggie Harris (45.94). The time is the fourth fastest indoor time in the world this year and is second in the nation to fellow Florida native LSU’s Xavier Carter. He bettered the FSU standard he set at the Florida Fast Times meet in 2005. If that performance was not enough for the crowd, Chambers came back an hour later to win the 200m crown with a provisional time of 21.13, just five-hundredths of a second short of adding another automatic qualifying clip to his resume. Chambers also became just the fifth two-time 400m winner in league history and only the second person to win both titles in the same season.

200m-400m Double Common For Florida State

Chambers winning the 200m and 400m titles is very common for Florida State. The Seminoles have won both events since 2004 starting with Brian Dzingai winning the 200 and Sean Campbell taking the 400m in 2004. Last year, NCAA 100m National Champion Walter Dix and Chambers finished first in the 200m and 400m, respectively. As expected as it is for FSU to place tops in both events, it is only the third time since the conference started running the 200m in 1988 that one person won both titles in one season. North Carolina’s Reggie Harris (1992), ACC record holder until Chambers bettered the mark last weekend, and fellow Tar Heel Milton Campbell (1997) are the other two on the list. Fittingly, current sprint coach Ken Harnden ran at UNC during the mid-1990s.

Distance Medley Mishap

The women’s distance medley relay team won the league crown in a very interesting way. During the third lap of the third leg of the DMR (800m portion), every team with the exception of Florida State handed off early. If that were not enough, four teams did not complete the extra lap and were forced to stop early. FSU completed the DMR correctly and posted the 12th fastest provisional qualifying time in the country. From the 800m exchange, the official timer tracked the 3800m time, which ended up being the time used for placement and point scoring purposes. The Seminoles ran a 10:42.08 3800m time and an 11:16.83 to take first place on both accounts. The women’s distance medley relay had the most measurable success, despite the drama surrounding the lap count. Comprised on the legs of redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Palisade, Colo./Grand Junction), freshman Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern), junior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) and freshman Susan Kuijken (Nijmejor, Netherlands/Steoelijk Gymnasium), the women’s distance medley relay bettered the 2004 FSU group, of which Hughes was a member of, that posted an ACC-best mark of 11:32.39, a differential of almost 16 seconds.

Repeat Offenders

Of the nine individual winners at the 2006 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, six defended league crowns from prior years. Rafeeq Curry and Lacy Janson won their fourth indoor championships while Ricardo Chambersand Andrew Lemoncello won their second title in as many seasons. Garrett Johnson and Tom Lancashire earned their second wins in three years of competition.

Diakos and Wernke In Good Company

Redshirt senior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) and sophomore Matt Wernke (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) had career-years in the indoor 35-lb. weight throw. Diakos entered the season with a 63’3.25″ (19.25m) mark in the event while Wernke is new to the area on the collegiate level this year. In taking fourth place at the conference championships, Diakos hit an all-time distance of 65’6.25″ (19.97m), improving almost two-feet over the course of the season. Wernke’s success is also monumental in that his opening throw at the Clemson Opener was 49’0.75″ (14.95m) and in his last competition, he scored one point for the team in hitting 58’4.75″ (17.80m) – a nine-foot, four-inch upgrade.

Long Distance Wins Long Jump At Conference

Senior Rafeeq Curry and junior Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) had to have career-long jumps to win the ACC long jump competition on Friday (February 24) afternoon. The winner, N.C. State’s Dexter Adams hit the sand in a career-best distance of 25’6.75″ (7.79m) to take the title. If Griffin’s second-place mark was jumped in any of the last eight conference championships, then the two-time All-ACC selection would also be a conference champion. Curry’s third-place jump of 25’0.5″ (7.63m) would have won six of the last eight championships.

Running Sweeps

For the second consecutive season, Florida State picked up wins in at least six of ten running events at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. Last year was one of the Seminoles’ best seasons, with FSU garnering seven titles in that area. In 2003, FSU won two running events and in 2004, the Seminoles picked up five victories.

Multi’s Event Includes Multiple Competitors

When the ACC conducted the first heptathlon in 2004, Florida State was not represented at all among the 13 competitors on the men’s side. In 2005, the Seminoles added one person to the event and this year two competitors finished in the top nine and one scored points towards the team title. Sophomore Matt Frith (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) placed ninth in 2005 and seventh in 2006 while junior Jacob Peacock (Pensacola, Fla./Washington) took ninth after hitting personal best marks in each of the seven events at the league championship.

Wright Right There

Junior transfer Ronald Wright (Baltimore, Md./Barton County Community College) missed qualifying for the 60m final by three-thousandths of a second at the ACC meet. Running a season-best 6.878, he was edged by Virginia’s Reuben Jones who sprinted 6.875. Wright came back in the 200m with the third fastest advancing time (21.57) and a fourth place finish in his first conference championship.

All-ACC Team

Men’s Team (8)

Greg Bolden, Florida State – 60m

Ricardo Chambers, Florida State – 400m, 200m

Rafeeq Curry, Florida State – Triple Jump, Long Jump

Johnta Griffin, Florida State – Long Jump

Garrett Johnson, Florida State – Shot Put

Andrew Lemoncello, Florida State – 3K, 5K

Tom Lancashire, Florida State – Mile Run

Tommy Noyes, Florida State – 800m

Women’s (5)

Natalie Hughes, Florida State – Mile Run, DMR

Lacy Janson, Florida State – Pole Vault

Susan Kuijken, Florida State – 3K, DMR

Barbara Parker, Florida State – DMR

Hshkeni Richemond, Florida State – DMR

Record Setting Conference Championship For Seminoles

Entering the ACC meet, Florida State held four championship meet records overall – the women’s distance medley relay, the women’s 60m dash and the men’s and women’s pole vault. After all was said and done, the 2006 Seminole squads broke two new records and bettered two previous marks. The women’s DMR shaved almost 16 seconds off the previous time of 11:32.39, with the new mark of 11:16.82. Lacy Janson picked up her fourth title with her second ACC meet, record-breaking height, clearing the bar at 14’1.75″m (4.31m). Garrett Johnson improved on the shot put standard, winning with a mark of 66’2.25″ (20.17m) while Ricardo Chambers torched the track with a 400m clip of 45.93. It marks the third time a men’s team has broken two or more records at the same meet. The last time the men’s squad set a record was in its second year in the league in 1993 when Jeff Bray set the pole vault meet record at 18’0.5″ (5.50m).

Trackwire 25

Fresh off their fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Title, the men’s team is rated fourth in the Trackwire 25 and the USTFCCCA polls. The men own sole possession of fourth, moving ahead of Wisconsin, who the have been tied with for the last two polls. In the coaches’ poll, the men sit behind Arkansas and Texas who are tied for first and No. 3 LSU.

The women’s team, who finished in third place at the league championships, is tied for 25th with Iowa and fellow conference schools Virginia Tech and Maryland

ACC Meet Notes

Ten individuals and the women’s distance medley relay won individual ACC Championships titles. Of that group, six successfully defended previous league event wins… Two men’s meet records were broken at the ACC Championships, both by Florida State student-athletes…

Johnson Sets New ACC Meet Standard

Garrett Johnson shattered the shot put mark with his nation-leading throw of 66’2.25″ (20.17m) to win his second ACC indoor shot put crown. Johnson bettered UNC opponent Vikas Gowda’s 2005 mark of 64’3.75″ (19.60m) and moved into the top spot in the country in his event in his last indoor league meet as a Seminole.

Fourth Title Comes In Record-Breaking Fashion For Janson

Lacy Janson reset the ACC meet record one more time before she left, winning her fourth crown in as many attempts with a new ACC standard of 14’1.75″ (4.31m).

Dandy Dozen

According to the February 28 edition of the Dandy Dozen, the individual subjective ratings for college track and field, the Seminoles have two women and six men among the top 12 in each event. Senior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) and redshirt junior Rhodes Scholar Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) own the top rating in the nation in the triple jump and the shot put, respectively. Four-time ACC pole vault champion Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) is second in nation while sophomore two-time All-American Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) is second in the 400m, after an impressive run in taking the 400m title in the fourth fastest indoor time this year at 45.93.

Junior Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) sits in seventh place after winning the 60m ACC crown while redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) and junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) are in tenth place in the mile run while true senior Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) is rated tenth in the long jump.


All-ACC Candidates

At least eight men and three women plus both relays have the potential to finish in the top three in the league and earn All-ACC honors. Dix leads the 200m dash while fellow rookie Chambers is second. Chambers is tops in the conference in the 400m. Senior All-American Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) leads all 5K runners by ten seconds. Curry and senior Johnta Griffin are 1-2 in the triple jump and 1-5 in the long jump. Johnson is the favorite in the shot put by four feet. Sophomore Matt Frith is poised for third in the heptathlon. On the women’s side, three-time pole vault league winner Janson is the favorite by over a foot while Hughes has two seconds on her closest competitor in the 3000m. Senior All-ACC honoree Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) is favored to move into the top three, sitting at fourth as is freshman Susan Kuijken at 3000m and All-American Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain) in the 400m.

Tyson Recap

Running at the host site of the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, three individuals met automatic qualifying m arks while nine individuals and the women’s 4x400m relay met the provisional standard. Garrett Johnson threw his third automatic qualifying mark of the season, tossing 66’2.5″ (20.18m) to move into first place in the country in the shot put. Janson won her fifth pole vault competition of the season and met her fifth qualifying standard of the season. Lemoncello shattered a 24-year old record in the 5000m run while Hughes picked up her second qualifying mark in a second event. Chambers recorded his fastest 400m time of the season.

2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Recap

The men’s team won its fourth consecutive league title and scored 160.50 points behind eight individual event wins. The women’s squad recorded one of the best performances under current head coach Bob Braman, taking third place by only 15 points scoring 81 and two record-setting performances.

ACC Best

The most points an FSU men’s team has scored is 164 points in 2004… The women’s highest point total is 128 in 2000… Entering the meet, three Seminoles held meet records of which one is currently on the roster. Janson set the league championship pole vault height in 2003 clearing the bar at 14’0. Former Garnet and Gold team member Jeff Bray holds the men’s pole vault height at 18’0.5″ set in 1993. Tonya Carter set the 60m dash in 2000 with a mark of 7.15.

Curry, Dix and Janson Have Most ACC Titles… Curry, Dix and Janson have the most titles of any current Seminoles. Janson and Curry have three individual titles in the pole vault and the triple jump, respectively. Curry’s overall total is four including the 2004 4x400m relay win. Dix has one in the 60m and another in the 200m and to his credit a relay crown as a leg of the 4x400m.

All-ACC, All Seminoles

Of the 14 men who placed in the top three at the 2005 ACC Championships, 10 (including legs of the relay) returned to competition at this year’s meet. The women’s team returns two of three conference honorees in addition to the two All-Americans (Natalie Hughes, Alyce Williams) who redshirted last year. This year, the women’s team had five members total seven honors.

Curry Keeps ACC Win Streak Alive

FSU has won the last seven triple jump titles including four by Rafeeq Curry. It is the longest active winning streak in any event by any program in the league. Clemson had the longest active streak until last season, winning seven consecutive 60m dash titles until Dix broke it with a win in 2005.

Lemoncello is a Record Breaking Machine

Since joining the Seminoles in Tallahassee, Andrew Lemoncello has been a man on a mission. He has broken three records through the middle of his fourth season (two cross country, one indoor, one outdoor) and became the first cross country men’s All-American since 1981. He ran the fastest 8K cross country time breaking a 25-year old record. In 2005, he moved into the top spot in the 3000m steeplechase bettering a mark set in 1976 (Bobby James – 8:52.70). This year he shattered the indoor 5000m run, clearing the course in 13:53.42, ahead of Herb Wills’ 1982 run of 14:00.10.


This Time Last Year

If FSU performs any where near what the team did last year at the 2005 Tyson Invitational, then head coach Bob Braman will be confident about his team’s ability heading into ACCs as well as the NCAA National Championships. Then-junior Rafeeq Curry shattered an 11-year old FSU-school record in notching the farthest mark in the country at that time. Then-sophomore Tom Lancashire joined Curry in improving on a personal best and FSU-school record mark, running 4:02.33 in the mile run. Newcomer Walter Dix mirrored his performance at the indoor championships, finishing second in the 60m finals. Fellow rookie Ricardo Chambers provisionally qualified in the 400m en route to earning All-America honors.

Newell Races Out Early To Event Win

Senior Kara Newell (Tallahassee, Fla./Boston University) won her season-debut and shaved over 23 seconds off her 5000m collegiate best at the Pepsi Invitational on Super Bowl Sunday. The transfer from Boston University, in her second year at FSU, recorded a time of 18:03 to best the field in the opening event of the meet in Gainesville.

Hughes Makes Indoor Return

Redshirt senior Natalie Hughes returned to the indoor arena with a bang at the Pepsi Invitational, winning the 3000m run in a provisional qualifying time of 9:35.58. It marked the first time that the Grand Junction, Colo., native has competed indoors since the 2004 NCAA Indoor National Championships, where she finished in fifth place in the mile run in an FSU school record of 4:39.97. Hughes redshirted the 2005 indoor and outdoor campaigns.

Bolden Continues To Dominate

Junior transfer Greg Bolden is currently ranked in the top 5 in 3 catagories in the ACC in just his first season of NCAA Division I competition. The Morrow, Ga., native and 2005 NCAA Division II National Champion is first in the 55m dash with 6.19, third in the 60m dash with 6.70, and fifth in the 200m dash with a time of 21.75. He held the fastest 60m dash time on the team until the final weekend of the indoor regular season.

CBS To Broadcast Outdoor Championships

If you were a little upset because you thought you were going to miss the Florida State men’s track and field team win their first national title, your day just got a little better. CBS Television and the NCAA announced today (Tuesday, February 7) that the 2006 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, will be televised live for two and a half hours on the final day of competition (June 10). The meet takes place in Sacramento, Calif., from June 7-10 at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of California State University, Sacramento.

pepsi invitational notes

Florida State Ranked Third in the USTFCCCA

In the first poll recognized by the NCAA, the Florida State men’s track and field team garnered third place among the NCAA Division I teams in the nation. The first edition of the poll was released last week and is the only poll officially recognized by the NCAA. The only two programs ahead of FSU are defending champion Arkansas in the top spot and Texas at number two.

Pepsi Invitational Preview

A number of Seminoles have already made an impact on the track and field world this season, but a few of the major players are still waiting in the wings. Defending indoor 200m-runner up, Walter Dix will step on the track this weekend in Gainesville to compete in the 60m dash. Distance sensations Tom Lancashire and Andrew Lemoncello are slated to compete in the men’ s 3000m while Natalie Hughes and Susan Kuijken are entered on the women’s side.

Williams Twins Give Seminoles Extra Benefit

Having an All-American sprinter and jumper transfer into the program is always a benefit to any team but to have her sister, one of the top sprinters in the region, enroll is an added perk. Twin sisters Alyce and Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason University) are in their first year of competition at FSU and are already representing the team well. Alyce won the triple jump at the Lobo Invitational hitting 41’11.5″ to meet her first provisional standard as a Seminole and join teammate Lacy Janson as the first national qualifiers for the women. Alycia, a standout sprinter, is among the top ten performers in the sprint events in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Transfers Rule At FSU

Four of FSU’s provisional qualifiers transferred into the program. Johnta Griffin joined the Seminoles team last year and made a big impact on the jumps area. He earned All-ACC honors in just his first league title meet as a Seminole. Greg Bolden and Alyce Williams newcomers to the team, have already qualified in the 60m and triple jump, respectively. Bolden is the only one of the three to make the trip to nationals. Williams anchored the sprints and relays for FSU, competing in the 200m, 4x400m , triple and the long jump. Twin sister Alycia also provisionally qualified as a leg of the 4x400m.

Lobo Invitational All-Around Success For Seminoles

Six national qualifiers, four event wins and four facility records were set at one of the top indoor meets in the nation. Rafeeq Curry broke the FSU school record in automatically qualifying for nationals, set the Albuquerque Convention Center track record and bettering his career-best mark of 54’00.50″ (16.47m). Curry, who has earned the moniker as the most consistent Seminole on the squad, easily won the event by more than a meter, with a mark of 54’5.5″ (16.60m). Curry also provisionally qualified and finished in second place in the long jump in a career-best mark of 24’9.75″ (7.56m). Competing against the second-rated thrower in the nation in Arizona’s Sean Shields, Garrett Johnson threw another NCAA automatic qualifying mark and picked up the event win in the shot put, tossing 63’9″ (19.43m). He bettered his nation-leading mark from last weekend and moved up on the list of NCAA Indoor Championship qualifiers. Redshirt senior Lacy Janson continued her streak of event wins, qualifying marks and facility records, vaulting 13’3.5″ (4.05m) in taking the title in the pole vault. It marks the third facility record this season for the four-time All-American. Alyce Williams provisionally qualified in winning the triple jump with a distance of 41’11.5″ (12.79m). The five-time CAA Champion from George Mason, finished just ahead of LaToya Legree, who posted a mark of 40’9.75″ (12.44m) for fifth-place. Williams and seniors Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain), Alycia Williams and captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) also ran the relay, recording a time of 3:45.90 for the fourth-place. Greg Bolden made his Seminole debut well worth the watch, battling Floridian (LSU’s) Xavier Carter in the 60m. The NCAA Division II Champion Bolden finished just one-hundredth of a second behind Carter, who is rated seventh according to the dozen rankings. After a stellar performance in the 60m, Bolden ran the 200m, taking sixth in 21.75.

Modrall Sperling Invitational Notes

Johnson Automatically Qualifies At Florida Intercollegiates

Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson automatically qualified for nationals with a throw of 63’7.5″ (19.39m) in the shot put at the Florida Intercollegiates meet, becoming the first Seminole on the men’s team to secure a berth at nationals and the third to meet an event standard overall. The 2006 Rhodes Scholar had a similar performance at the Florida Intercollegiates in 2005, throwing the farthest mark of his indoor career and second farthest in the world that year, at just his second meet back from a redshirt season.

FSU Well Represented Among ACC Best

In the opening week of the ACC Top Performance list, which tracks the top ten marks in each event over the course of the season, 14 Tribe men and 12 Seminole women amassed 35 marks in the conference. Lacy Janson leads the league in the pole vault by over a foot. Newcomer Alyce Williams is listed three times while twin sister Alycia and fellow runners Evelyne-Cynthia Niako and India Pettus have two marks. Senior Deanna Lane boasts the second fastest 55m high hurdle mark and the fourth-best high jump height in the league. The 4x400m and distance medley relays are both in the top five.

Rankings Have FSU Written All Over Them

The Seminole men’s track and field team began the indoor season as the second-ranked squad in the country, according to Trackwire 25, 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. FSU is predicted to score 53 points, just one point behind defending national champion Arkansas.

Janson Nets First POW of Year

Lacy Janson has started the season as per usual – win event with automatic qualifying mark, break indoor facility record and earn league honors. On Monday, January 16, 2005, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the opening ACC Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week for the 2006 season and the 2003 indoor national pole vault champion beat out a competitive group on the women’s side for the honor. At the Florida Intercollegiates, the four-time All-American improved on her NCAA qualifying mark from the Clemson Opener to a new height of 13’11.25″ (4.25m), resetting the Stephen F. O’Connell Center indoor mark that she established during her title campaign (13’9.25″ on February 9, 2003). As of January 17, she was one of two automatic qualifiers in the ACC.

Consistent Curry Keeps Streak Alive

Senior triple jumper Rafeeq Curry provisionally initally qualified for his seventh national championship, with an event-winning 51’00.25″ (15.55m) jump at the Florida Intercollegiates. Curry is the only Seminole on the men’s team roster to have made seven consecutive trips to nationals and the only one to earn All-American honors in six outings. He sits second in the conference and sixth nationally in the event despite being the third-best returning indoor triple jumper and best outdoor leaper on a collegiate roster this year, returning from 2005.

Noles Slated For Big Meet

The first test of the season came on Saturday, January 21 at the 2006 Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The meet marks the first time in 19 years a collegiate-only indoor meet will be held in the state of New Mexico. The track at the convention center is only two years old but should get plenty of wear and tear with eight meets scheduled for the 2006 campaign. The competition looks familiar – BYU, the team that tied FSU for fourth place in the outdoor championships, as well as LSU, who finished just one spot ahead of Seminoles at nationals in June, are on the schedule for this weekend. FSU was the top ranked men’s program entered in the competition and boasts two competitors rated number one in the power rankings and one ranked number one in the nation.

Spotlight On Sprinting Coach

Despite the elite men’s sprinters taking the weekend off, sprints and relays coach Ken Harnden was inducted into the Track and Field Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 14, 2006 by his alma mater and fellow ACC school, North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Harnden, the 2005 NCAA National Assistant Sprint Coach of the Year, was a two-time NCAA champion, first as a member of the 1995 indoor 4x400m relay team and then as the top 400m hurdler during the 1995 outdoor season. The two-time Olympian remains the only UNC runner to break 50 seconds in the 400m-hurdles. At FSU, Harnden coached 2005 NCAA 100m National Champion Walter Dix in just his second season as a full-time coach. In just three years, Harnden has coached seven sprinters to 16 All-American honors and his relays have set two of the top 4x100m school records.

Richemond On A Roll In Collegiate Opener

Newcomer Hshkeni Richemond, known as KayKay, got a quick start to her college career, running a speedy 57.30 in the 400m dash at the Florida Intercollegiates. The time was good enough to give her the third fastest-time in the conference behind junior All-America Ashlee Kidd and Maryland’s Renee Clarke. Additionally, she earned All-ACC honors as a leg of the winning DMR team and was an integral leg of the second-place 4x400m relay.


Six Months Later, Awards Continue for Dix

Sophomore Walter Dix was named 2005 South Florida Sun-Sentinel College Athlete of the Year for his outstanding performance during the 04-05 campaign. The five-time All-American, who broke the World junior outdoor 100m and American junior indoor 200m records, ended his season with the NCAA Outdoor 100m National Championship, after finishing in second place in the indoor 60m event at nationals. The ACC Champion becomes the second recipient of the award, given annually to the top athlete from, or competing in, South Florida.

Noles Predicted to Tie for National Title

In the December 2005 issue of Track and Field News, the leading magazine of the sport, predicted the Florida State men’s team to tie 41-time NCAA National Champion Arkansas for the outdoor title in 2006. The Seminoles and Razorbacks are slated to score 61 points apiece, a number that would be a program best for the Garnet and Gold. The calculations include points from 2005 NCAA 100m Champion Walter Dix, the nation’s top returning triple jumper, six-time All-American Rafeeq Curry and recently selected Rhodes Scholar, thrower Garrett Johnson.

Curry Returns As Top Triple Jumper in the Nation

No matter what triple jumper Rafeeq Curry does this season, he will step onto the track at his first competition as one of the top returning indoor triple jumpers and the top returning outdoor triple jumper from the 2004-05 season. Curry, who has finished among the top eight scorers or Americans at nationals in six trips (3 indoor, 3 outdoor) to the NCAAs, finished sixth in the event in March of 2005 and fourth in June 2005.

Janson Hits Pole Vault Mark in First Outing, Again

Lacy Janson qualified for her fourth NCAA Indoor National Championship, vaulting 13’9.25″ (4.20m) at the Clemson Opener on December 3, 2005. In winning the event, Janson also broke the Clemson Indoor Facility record. In opening her freshman year, she qualified in her first collegiate meet, the Florida Intercollegiates, earning ACC Indoor Performer of the Week. In 2003, her sophomore year, the same season she was crowned national champion, she met the provisional standard at the same meet – the Florida Intercollegiate Championships.

Two-time ACC Performer of the Year Tom Lancashire Enjoys Standout Cross Country Season

Junior Tom Lancashire finished the 2005 cross country campaign with a 77th place finish at the NCAA National Championships. He helped the program to its third consecutive title meet and an 18th place overall finish in the race. Individually, the two-time All-American was either the second or third Seminole to cross the finish line in every race during the season. With the anticipated graduation of two-time ACC Cross Country Champion Andrew Lemoncello, Lancashire should be the top returner for the 2006 cross country season.

Chambers Featured on National Track Website, one of the top college track and field websites, recently featured sophomore All-American sprinter Ricardo Chambers during the fall of 2005 interview section. The second-year conference and regional 400m champion, who had the fastest time of any quarter-miler heading into the national championship meet last year, participated in a preseason questionnaire about his training regimen and plans for the upcoming season. Also listed in the group were 27-time NCAA National Champion head coach Pat Henry (Texas A&M), and national champions Ashley Selig (Nebraska) and Sharon Day (California-Poly Sci).

Four National Champions On 05-06 Roster

What do Lacy Janson and sophomore Walter Dix have in common with junior transfers Greg Bolden and Ronald Wright? All are NCAA national champions on the 2005-06 Florida State track and field roster. Janson was the top pole vaulter during the indoor season in 2003 while Dix earned his sprinting national title in June of 2005. Bolden, the top speedster at Albany State, won an individual 100m national championship as well as a crown as a leg of the NCAA Division II-best 4x100m relay in 2005. Formerly of Barton County Community College, Ronald Wright was the top 200m runner on the junior college circuit in 2005

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