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FSU Women Lead All Teams After Day Two, Men Within Striking Distance After Three Individual ACC Titles

April 21, 2006





Winston-Salem, N.C.
– The Florida State No. 1/1 men’s and No. 15/16 women’s track and field team carried the momentum from day one through to the second day (April 21) at the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Florida State women are leading the pack of 12 schools with 46 points ahead of Virginia Tech with 39 points. Through two days, the Seminoles have one NCAA record, two league titles, two Kentner Stadium records and four All-ACC honorees.

Three Seminole men won crowns, two set ACC Championship records and six stadium records were shattered on Friday, April 21, 2006. After day two, FSU sits in second place, three points behind Clemson with a total of 48.

Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) walked to the shot put circle on his sixth and final attempt knowing that he was the 2006 ACC Shot Put Champion. He set the ACC meet record with a distance of 66’5″ (20.13m) on the third throw of the six series preliminary round and final. He won the event by almost three and a half feet. This is the second consecutive year an FSU student-athlete has set the shot put mark as Dorian Scott threw an ACC meet best 64’4″ (19.61m) in 2005. Johnson also set the league indoor shot put mark in February. A week after setting that mark, the 2006 Rhodes Scholar select opened outdoor season with a career-best and nation-leading throw of 67’3.5″ (20.51m). Fellow shot putter John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) added to the throwing front, placing fifth with a regional qualifying mark of 55’5.5″ (16.90m).

Maybe being the underdog is what senior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) needs entering championship meets. The seven-time All-American triple jumper was seeded third entering today’s long jump competition and won the event with a distance of 25’5.25″ (7.75m). The mark moves him into the top five in the long jump in the nation this year and fifth all-time on the FSU long jump list. Fellow jumper Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) hit the sand at 24’1.75″ (7.36m) for fifth place.

Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) led the pack from start to finish, winning his first 3000m steeplechase ACC Crown, his eighth league title and breaking the conference meet record of 8:35.5 set by Clemson’s Hans Koeleman in 1982. He is the first Florida State runner to win the event and his mark is the fastest 2006 time this year in the NCAA.

Classmate Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) and freshman Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario/St. Christopher) went 1-2 in the steeple. Parker won FSU’s first ever 3000m steeplechase event crown, completing the laps in 10:21.16 to break the stadium record of 10:42.16, set by Wake Forest’s Michelle Sikes in 2005. Willemse crossed the finish line in a career-best 10:27.01.

Not seeded in the top ten entering the meet, senior Sarah Reed (Port Charlotte, Fla./Illinois) put on the performance of her life, bettering her personal best in the shot put by three feet to 49’2.25″ (14.99m) on the third throw of the series. All of her throws were farther than the regional standard. She entered the meet with a career-best mark of 46’10” (14.27m). Reed moves into fourth place on FSU’s all-time list. Fellow shot putter Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) threw her second farthest mark this season, taking seventh in 47’2.5″ (14.39m).

In the high jump, senior Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) made his way to the awards stand for the first time in four years during the outdoor season, tying for third in the high jump and clearing the bar at a season-best height of 6’8.75″ (2.05m).

Senior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) scored 5,021 points to provisionally qualify in the heptathlon. She threw 111’10” (34.08m) in the javelin for fourth place and jumped 17’11” (5.46m) in the long jump for sixth place. Lane placed fifth in the 800m in 2:29.20 to seal her fifth place performance.

Decathlete Jacob Peacock (Pensacola, Fla./Washington) compiled 6107 total points completing day two of the decathlon. He threw 85’1″ (15.94m) in the discus, ran 16.13 in the 110m hurdles and 5:15.67 to finish the day in the 1500m.

Junior transfer Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) broke the Kentner Stadium record in the 100m, leading all runners with a mark of 10.35. Freshman Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) became the fourth Seminole to hit the regional standard in the 100m, running 10.47. Johnta Griffin nabbed the eighth spot in the final with a 10.70 mark.

Garvin, one of the top returners to the Seminole football team, also qualified for the 200m final, posting the third fastest at-large time of 21.30.

Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) led all advancers in his 1500m debut by three seconds, running 3:48.70 in the preliminary race.

On the women’s side, redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) and freshman Susan Kuijken (Nijmejor, Netherlands/Steoelijk Gymnasium) automatically qualified by finishing in the top three in the 1500m. Hughes ran 4:29.93 and Kuijken finished the race in 4:33.80.

Hughes also qualified in the 800m, leading all advancers with a time of 2:07.64. The mark is just four-tenths of a second out of FSU’s all-time 800m performers list and saves her a place at the NCAA East Region Championships in May.

The men’s 400m preliminary race was a repeat of the indoor event, with sophomore Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) topping all qualifiers with a 46.50 clip and newcomer Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmer’s Boys’ School) taking the eighth and final spot with a time of 48.05. Chambers joins the regional qualifiers list.

Senior captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) had the second fastest 100m time, moving into the finals with a career-best 11.60 clip. Niako pulled a double, running a career-best 23.42 in the 200m prelims with the third fastest time.

Sophomore defending 400m hurdle champion Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) regionally qualified with a time of 52.14 and led all advancers. Redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) secured spots in both hurdling finals, running a season-best 52.30 in the 400m hurdles and moving into the 110m hurdles finals with the third fastest at-large advancing time, running 14.55.

Senior Chris Potter (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) and redshirt sophomore Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) have lane assignments for th e800m finals tomorrow after crossing the line in 1:52.50 and 1:52.34, respectively. Potter won his heat and Noyes recorded the third-fastest at-large qualifying time.

Senior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) advanced to the hurdles finals, clearing the 100m hurdles in 13.63 for the second fastest at-large qualifying time and automatically qualifying in her premier event with a time of 59.75. Deanna Lane finished fourth in her heat running 14.17.

Senior Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason University) and sophomore Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) advanced to the eight-runner final of the 400m with times of 54.22 and 56.20.

The final day of the meet starts tomorrow with women’s javelin at 10:00 a.m. Running events on the track begin with the 4x100m relays at 1:00 pm.


ACC Champions

Lacy Janson, Pole Vault, 15’00.25″ (4.58m)
Garrett Johnson, Shot Put, 66’0.50″ (20.13m)
Rafeeq Curry, Long Jump, 25’5.25″ (7.75m)
Andrew Lemoncello, 3000m Steeplechase, 8:34.84
Barbara Parker, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:21.16


ACC Meet Records

Lacy Janson, Pole Vault, 15’00.25″ (4.58m)
Garrett Johnson, Shot Put, 66’0.50″ (20.13m)
Andrew Lemoncello, 3000m Steeplechase, 8:34.84


All-ACC honorees (Top three finishes)

Shawn Allen, High Jump, 6’88.75″ (2.05m)
Rafeeq Curry, Long Jump, 25’5.25″ (7.75m)
Lacy Janson, Pole Vault, 15’00.25″ (4.58m)
Garrett Johnson, Shot Put, 66’0.50″ (20.13m)
Andrew Lemoncello, 3000m Steeplechase, 8:34.84
Barbara Parker, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:21.16
Lydia Willemse, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:27.01
Sarah Reed, Shot put, 49’2.25″ (14.99m)

Kentner Stadium Records

Greg Bolden, 100m, 10.35

Rafeeq Curry, Long Jump, 25’5.25″ (7.75m)

Ricardo Chambers, 400m, 46.50

Lacy Janson, Pole Vault, 15’00.25″ (4.58m)

Garrett Johnson, Shot Put, 66’0.50″ (20.13m)

Andrew Lemoncello, 3000m Steeplechase, 8:34.84

Barbara Parker, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:21.16

Elliott Wood, 400m hurdles, 52.14


NCAA Regional Qualifiers (NEW qualifiers only)

Ricardo Chambers, 400m, 46.50
John Fallone, Shot put, 55’5.5″ (16.90m)
Michael Ray Garvin, 100m, 10.47
Natalie Hughes, 800m, 2:07. 64
Andrew Lemoncello, 3000m Steeplechase, 8:34.84
Sarah Reed, Shot put, 49’2.25″ (14.99m)
Alycia Williams, 400m, 54.22
Elliott Wood, 400m hurdles, 52.14
**Deanna Lane, Heptathlon, 5021 points (provisional qualifier)

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