April 28, 2006
Philadelphia, Pa. – Florida State redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) broke the Penn Relays shot put record in winning the event with a distance of 68’4.5″ (20.84m) on Friday morning (April 28) at the 112th running of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
“My goal today was to come out and get some consistent throws in,” explained Johnson. “It was pretty cold when competition started but the conditions were nice and the ring was dry. I didn’t realize I had the record when I threw it.”
The record was held by former Southern Methodist shot putter Michael Carter. The seven-time NCAA Shot Put National Champion set the mark during his tenure at SMU in the early 1980s.
“To break (Michael) Carter’s record means so much to me because he is a legend in the field of throwing,” continued Johnson. “He is the national high school record holder and has won a number of national championships. To break the record is wonderful but to know that I broke (Carter’s) record is quite overwhelming.”
“It’s awesome for him,” said an ecstatic head coach Bob Braman. “This ranks right up there with Lacy and her NCAA record. Garret is one of the best throwers to come out of our program and we’re so excited for him today.”
The 2006 ACC Indoor and Outdoor Shot Put Champion has the fourth farthest throw in the world this year moving up two spots from sixth. The Tampa, Fla., native is the only collegian in the top five on the world list according to the IAAF website. Johnson won the event by almost 1.33-meters over the next closest competitor. The indoor All-American’s throw distances himself from his previous FSU all-time best mark of 67’3.5″ (20.51m) and the rest of the shot putters in the nation by almost a meter. The reigning NCAA Indoor Shot Put Champion is the only collegiate student-athlete to throw over 20-meters this year.
The women’s 4x200m relay advanced to tomorrow’s finals with the seventh fastest advancing time of 1:35.00. Redshirt junior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) handed off to twin sister Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) who exchanged with senior hurdler LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb). Senior captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) anchored the final leg of the 800m-relay. The group will line up in the 4x200m college finals at 2:30 pm on Saturday.
The men’s 4x400m relay ran 3:08.08 to get into tomorrow’s final. Freshman hurdler Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmer’s Boys’ School) started the 1600m-relay, handing off to fellow hurdler Elliot Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) who gave the baton to redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit). Two-time 400m All-American Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) anchored the men’s team to the second fastest advancing time in the heat.
The women’s 800m-relay and the men’s 1600m-relay run tomorrow, Saturday, April 29 at 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm. For more information and updated results, please visit www.seminoles.com.