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FSU Track Travels To Wake For 2006 ACC Championships

April 19, 2006


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Tallahassee, Fla. –
The 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships take place on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. from Thursday, April 20 to Saturday, April 22, 2006. Day one kicks of Thursday with the combined (Heptathlon/Decathlon) events at noon and wraps up with the men’s and women’s 10,000m at 7:00 pm and 7:45 pm, respectively. On Friday, the final events of the heptathlon and decathlon start in the morning, the field events commence in the afternoon at 1:00 pm and the running events tip off at 3:00 pm with the preliminary 1500m race. The No. 1/1 FSU men are favored to win the title and the women’s team is looking to extend their streak of top four finishes to 15 years.


ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTES
2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Champions…

The Seminole men dominated the league winning its third outdoor conference title in four seasons behind an all-time, FSU program best 22.5 points, just 1.5 points shy of the league record. Florida State won nine of 11 running events, both relays and placed at least one person in the top four in eight of nine field events. The team crown was FSU’s sixth in the last seven attempts. Rookie and eventual national champion Walter Dix was named ACC Rookie of the Year, mid-distance All-American Tom Lancashire was the top Performer of the Year while third-year head coach Bob Braman was voted as the conference’s best coach.


Women In Mix At Top Of League…

Coming off a fourth-place performance at the 2005 ACC meet, with no individual champions, the women’s team will utilize depth again to compete against the best teams in the league. In 2005, rookie Laura Bowerman earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors for her third and sixth place performances in the 10,000m and 5000m run. In the sprinting events, Olympian Kimberly Walker scored 16 points while Evelyne-Cynthia Niako scored nine points towards the team score between the 200m and 400m. Both relays finished in the top three at the meet.


Janson Clears New Heights…

Just when you thought redshirt senior Lacy Janson had done it all, she put on another record-breaking performance in winning the Texas Relays. She bettered her mark by three inches in taking first and clearing the highest bar in the nation by any female collegian this year at 14’7.25″ (4.45m). The height is the fourth highest in the world according to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body for track and field. The seven-time ACC Champion is the third highest women’s vaulter this year.


FSU 4x400m Breaks Into FSU All-Time…

The women’s 4x400m ran the ninth fastest 1600m-relay time in FSU school history at the Texas Relays two weeks ago, completing their exchanges in 3:34.58. It marks the first time since 1997 a quarter-mile, quartet has cracked the elite Top Ten listing. Twin sisters senior Alycia and redshirt junior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) ran the first two legs and sophomore Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) and senior captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) ran the final two exchanges.


Lancashire Debuts In Top Three…

Better known as an All-American 1500m runner, Lancashire put his name in the top three 800m harriers in FSU school history, running 1:46.99 in winning the event at the Seminole Invitational on April 8, 2006. Rated No. 1 in the 1500m according to the Dandy Dozen, the outdoor All-American moved into third place behind former Seminoles Ocky Clark and Phillip Rolle on the 800m list.


Track Is No. 1 In Two Polls…

For the second consecutive week, the Florida State men’s track and field team are the top team in the nation according to both national polls – Trackwire Top 25 and the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. Trackwire has projected FSU to score 60 points, ahead of second-place LSU (48 points) and third-place, reigning national champion Arkansas (47 points). The coaches poll, voted on by 38 coaches representing each region, lists the Seminoles as the team to beat. FSU opened the season as No. 1 in both polls.


National Championships To Be Broadcast Live On CBS…

The NCAA announced in February that the final day of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships will air live on CBS Sports. The broadcast will air from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on June 10.


Never Lower Than Fourth…

The women’s team has never finished an ACC Championship lower than fourth-place. The Seminoles finished in first in 2000 and have five second-place finishes to its credit.


Four Underclassmen Win Individual Titles At 05 Meet…

Three freshman and one sophomore won event crowns at the 2005 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Dix swept the 100m and 200m events and fellow newcomer Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) was the top 400m runner. Continuing down the line, Lancashire was first in the 800m and quarter (400m) hurdler Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) picked up the event title in his first season in Garnet and Gold. Four of the eight competitors on both relay teams were freshmen, including Dix and Kenny O’Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) on the 400m-relay and Chambers and Wood on the 4x400m quartet.


FSU All Over All-ACC Team…

Sixteen Seminole men were named to the All-ACC team behind 23 honors. Individuals earn conference honors for placing in the top three of individual events and as a leg of the first place relay teams. The next highest team on the 50-member list was league runner-up Clemson with eight.


Closer and Closer…

Eight inches separates senior captain LaToya Legree from the number two spot on the FSU all-time list and 14 inches would give her the FSU school record in the event. Entering the year, the team captain jumped 43’3.25″ (13.19m), a mark that solidified her spot in the top three. After the 2006 Texas Relays, where she hit the sand at 44’1.25″ (13.44m), the two-time All-ACC honoree bettered her position as the third farthest triple jumper in school history and improved her personal best by nine inches, putting second-place well within reach. LeGree trails two of FSU’s individual NCAA National Champions.


Tallahassee is Track Title Town…

The Florida State men’s team has won an individual title every year since joining the league in 1992. The men’s team won more titles at the 2005 conference championships than they picked up in their first four years as members of the ACC. In the last four years (2002-2005), FSU has won more individual titles than the first ten years competing in the conference. The women have won titles 12 of 14 years. The women’s team finished in fourth despite not winning an individual title.

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