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FSU Women’s Track Finishes Fourth In ACC Championships

April 23, 2005

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State women’s track and field squad finished fourth in the team standings at the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles finished with 82 points while ACC newcomer Miami added the outdoor league title to its indoor championship, winning behind a 142 point performance. North Carolina and Georgia Tech tied for second with 112 points.

Junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) took third in a career-best 43’3.25″ (13.19m) in the triple jump. LeGree’s mark moves her closer to the top of the FSU all-time list, where she trails only national champions Teresa Bundy and Esmeralda Garcia. Her jump bettered her previous personal best and regional qualifying mark of 42’10.75″ (13.07m), which she recorded at the Yellow Jacket Invitational.

Senior Olympian Kimberly Walker (Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic) contributed 16 points to the team score, competing in the 90m dash, 200m dash and running a leg of the 4x100m relay. She picked up conference honors with a third place finish in the 90m, which was started at an incorrect line, with a time of 10.58. She took fifth in the 200m dash in 24.20, just behind junior Evylene-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson), who placed fourth in a team-leading 23.72.

Niako was also a big contributor for the women’s team, earning five points in the 200m and four in the 400m dash where she finished in fifth place with a season-best time of 55.03. Junior Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain) was sixth in the 400m final in a career-best 55.12.

The women’s 400m relay took third place in a season-best time of 45.03 behind senior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, Fla./Florida A&M), Niako, Walker and junior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb). The Seminoles were seeded fourth entering the event and earned six points towards the team score.

McColumn scored in the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles for FSU, running a 13.86 in the first event (seventh place) and then picking up a career-best 57.85 in a fourth-place showing in the 400m hurdles finals. Junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) who was the runner-up in the heptathlon, ran a 13.61 to take fifth in the 100m hurdles. Lane also competed in the high jump, posting a height of 5’3.25″ (1.61m).

The women’s 4x400m crossed the line second, bettering their season-best time by almost six seconds in 3:40.54. Sophomore Dana Massiah (Trinidad & Tobago/Bishop Aenesty) led off for FSU before handing off to second-leg, Kim Adams. Running in third was sophomore Devon Rich (Seminole, Fla./USF) who passed the baton to anchor Niako who brought FSU down the stretch to a runner-up finish and eight team points.

Junior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) took seventh place in 4:29.58 in the 1500m run. Sophomore Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) threw one of her top marks of the year in the discus, tossing for 158’1″ (48.19m). She added three points to the team score.

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