Dec. 4, 2005
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Florida State track and field team opened the season on a familiar note; redshirt senior Lacy Janson qualified for her fourth national championship in five seasons, winning the pole vault with an automatic qualifying height of 13’9.25″ (4.20m) at the 2005 Clemson Opener in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, December 3, 2005.
Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) won the pole vault by over two feet and broke the Clemson Indoor Facility record held previously by Georgia’s Fanni Juhasz at 4.10-meters. This marks the second consecutive season and third time overall, the All-American has qualified in her first meet of the year. Janson punched her ticket to nationals in her first competition in 2005 as well as during her rookie campaign. Rookie Tori Allen (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) finished just behind Janson in fourth in her first meet as a Seminole, vaulting 10’11.75″ (3.35m).
The main event on the women’s side was the 200m, with three Seminoles finishing in the Top 20. Senior Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) ran 25.13 to place fifth overall and first in her heat. Junior sprinter Dana Massiah (Trinidad & Tobago/Bishop Aenesty) took tops in her heat as well, earning 12th overall with a 25.57 clip. Sophomore hurdler Naikeya Heath (Killeen, Tex./Killeen) pulled double duty, recording a 25.83 for 17th in the 200m and then an 8.04 in the 60m finals, to finish in 13th overall.
In the debut of the women’s 4x400m relay, the group finished in second place behind North Carolina in 3:54.78 behind sophomore India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity), Massiah, Williams and sophomore Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough).
Senior Sara Reed (Port Charlotte, Fla./Illinois) and junior Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) had strong outings. Reed had the fifth farthest advancing throw in the preliminaries with a distance of 45’1.75″ (13.76m) while Nelson recorded a distance of 44’9.5″ (13.65m) for the sixth best mark. In the event finals, Nelson, the Seminoles top thrower from last season, stepped up to finish in fifth place in 45’9″ (13.94). Reed was one spot and seven inches behind her with a throw of 45’1.75″ (13.76m).
Sophomore Heather Leblanc (Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee) ran 9.31 in the 60m hurdles to take 14th place after throwing 29’5.5″ (8.98m) in the shot put event. Sophomore Matt Frith (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) threw 35’2.5″ (10.73m) in the shot put to place among the Top 20 throwers in the event.
Junior Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) finished in eighth place in the pole vault with a height of 16’0.75″ (4.90m). The mark was the fourth best among college competitors in the event and is Hurley’s indoor season career best. Junior Charlie Cotton (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) and senior Jacob Peacock (Pensacola, Fla./Woodham) tied for tenth (15’1″ – 4.60m) and 12th (14’7.25″ – 4.45m), respectively in the pole vault.
In the 800m, junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) led all Florida State runners with a clip of 2:20.14, good for fourth place. Newcomers Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern) and Hillary Palumba took tenth (2:25.56) and 12th (2:26.09) places, respectively.
Senior Robert Cooper (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) took 12th place in the 800m in 2:00.93. He recorded the third fastest time of any conference runners in the event. Senior high jumper Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian Academy) tied for eighth in the event with a season-opening height of 6’5.5″ (1.97m).
FSU heads to the site of the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships as the Seminoles are scheduled to participate in the Virginia Tech Invitational from January 13-14 in Blacksburg, Va.