April 20, 2006
Winston-Salem, N.C. – The first day (April 20) of the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships started on a great note for the Florida State (No. 1/1) men’s and (No. 15/16) women’s track and field teams in Winston-Salem, N.C. Redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) won her fourth crown with a height of 15’0.25″ (4.58m) in shattering a handful of records and moving up in the world rankings as the number two pole vaulter on the planet.
Janson had a banner day, winning her fourth Atlantic Coast Conference crown at the outdoor championships meet in grand fashion — setting the NCAA (Chelsea Johnson – 15’/4.57m – 2004), ACC-meet (Lacy Janson – 14’/4.27m – 2002), FSU all-time (Lacy Janson – 14’7.25″/4.45m – 2006) and Kentner Stadium track (Suzanne Makison – 3.65m -2002) records. The five-time All-American becomes the second women in NCAA history to clear 15-feet and holds the highest collegiate mark ever. UCLA’s Chelsea Johnson cleared 15-feet (4.57m) in 2004.
Janson is two weeks removed from her Texas Relays event win, that set the previous school record at 14’7.25″ (4.45m). She is the only woman in league history to win four indoor and outdoor pole vault titles.
The women’s team is tied for first place with Virginia Tech at 17 points. The men are in eighth (three points) through three events scored.
Another senior who had a career-best day at the track was thrower Sarah Reed (Port Charlotte, Fla./Illinois) who tossed a six-foot personal best in the taking fifth place in the hammer with a mark of 175’7″ (53.51m). She hit the career best mark on her fourth throw, adding four points to the team total.
Heptathlete Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) sits in fifth place after four events. In her primary event, she cleared the 100m hurdles course in 14.37 for third place. She took fifth in the 200m, running 25.42. In the field events, Lane picked up a pair of seventh place finishes, posting a mark of 5’3″ (1.60m) in the high jump and throwing 34’6.25″ (10.52m) in the shot put.
Junior Jacob Peacock (Pensacola, Fla./Washington) finished in the top two of five events on day one of the decathlon. The high jump seemed to be his best event today, clearing 6’2.25″ (1.89m) in taking fourth. Peacock’s long jump mark of 21’6.25″ (6.56m) rounded out the top five scorers in the event and added 711 points to his total. He ended the day in ninth place with 3261 points.
Redshirt senior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) finished as seeded in sixth place in the hammer throw, recording a regional qualifying mark of 190’2″ (57.96m), for three points toward the men’s team score.