Jan. 15, 2005
Gainesville, Fla. – If the Florida State track and field program used the 2005 Florida Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Florida, as a gage of what is expected for the rest of the season, then the Seminoles are looking at another great indoor campaign. Senior All-American Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) and redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) secured bids to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships winning the pole vault and shot put events, respectively, on Saturday, January 15, 2005.
“Garrett’s throw is a world-class throw,” said head coach Bob Braman. “In my 22 years of coaching college, it was one of the most unbelievable performances for any athlete I’ve ever coached. For Lacy, it was a great way to start off the season after taking time off last year.”
Both student-athletes are returning from redshirt indoor seasons. Johnson, who posted a provisional qualifying mark at the Clemson Opener in December, threw for a school and Stephen C. O’Connell Center record of 66’8.75″ (20.34m) in the win. The throw was also an Atlantic Coast Conference shot put record as well as the second farthest in the world this year.
Janson, the 2003 NCAA Indoor National Pole Vault Champion, took first with a mark of 13’9.25″ (4.25m).
“We had a great meet all-around,” continued Braman. “Usually, I walk out of that meet grading the team as a `C’. Today, the guys got an `A’ while the women were a solid `B’. There were a number of lifetime bests across the board.”
Junior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) won the weight throw with a career-best mark of 62’2.5″ (18.95m). Junior Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) tied his personal best mark of 6’8.75″ (2.05m) in a first place finish in the high jump while classmate Robert Cooper (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) won the 800m run in 1:53.41.
Two members of the highly-touted, fifth-ranked recruiting class won their first intercollegiate races. Freshman Kenny O’Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) ran a provisional qualifying time of 6.24 while fellow classmate Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) bested all competitors with a time of 47.72. Freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) crossed the line second, after teammate O’Neal, in the 55m dash. Dix, who finished one spot and second ahead of sophomore All-American Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee-St. Joseph), ran a 6.26. Dix posted a provisional mark in the 55m dash preliminaries.
Junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) won the triple jump and posted a provisional qualifying mark of 41’8″ (12.70m). Legree also had a career-best mark of 19’0.75″ (5.81m) in the long jump. Sophomore Dana Massiah (Trinidad/Bishop Anstey) took second in the 400m dash behind a time of 56.78. Junior captain LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) was one-tenth of a second off the provisional qualifying mark in the 200m dash, taking second place in a time of 24.11.
Other top finishes include senior All-American Willie Johnson’s (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) second place, triple jump mark of 48’10.75″ (14.80m). Sophomore Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, Fla./Washington) was second in the mile run in 4:15.22 ahead of junior Kenny Jesensky (Orlando, Fla./Coastal Carolina) who crossed the line in 4:23:24. Redshirt sophomore Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) finished in the top three in the pole vault competition, vaulting
Florida State returns to action next weekend when the squad travels to the Wildcat Invitational.