Feb. 5, 2006
Gainesville, Fla. – Florida State track and field senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) met her third automatic standard in the pole vault this year and four Seminoles met the provisional qualifying standard in their events at the Pepsi Invitational on Sunday, February 05, 2006 in Gainesville, Fla.
“We were exactly where I expect us to be which is not a number one team in the nation,” said head coach Bob Braman. We’re nowhere near that level right now but that’s by design. We have the talent to compete for the national championship but we’re five weeks away from that. Our training has been going well and that’s where our focus is.”
For her first track race, representing FSU since March of 2004, senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) showed that in her time off, she did not lose a step. The five-time All-American provisionally qualified in the 3000m run, running an event-winning 9:35.58 to slip in under the track’s standard of 9:35.80. Newcomer Susan Kuijken competing in her first meet as a Seminole, stayed on Hughes’ heels, crossing the line in 9:36.28 for second place.
“Natalie was close to her personal best running by herself. Susan was right there too. Lacy Janson was strong again and looked confident.”
Redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) duplicated her performance from the Florida Intercollegiate meet, winning the pole vault in an automatic qualifying height of 13’11.25″ (4.25m) and tying her season-best and Stephen C. O’Connell Center meet record.
Junior transfer Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) added another team-leading, sprint mark to his resume, taking second in the 55m dash in a provisional qualifying time of 6.19. Bolden, who ran a team-leading 6.70 60m at the Lobo Invitational, took over first place on the team and in the league in the 55m. 2005 NCAA Division I 100m National Champion Walter Dix was third in the 55m final, running a 6.26 in the finals of his season-debut. Freshman Antone Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee) took ninth in the 55m, running 6.43 in the prelims and 6.42 in the finals.
“Today the main focus in the prelims was to get out and stay relaxed,” said Bolden. “I didn’t really push it as hard as I did in the finals. I knew (the final) was going to be a faster race, faster pace was just driving out good and maintaining my running.”
“I felt sick and really didn’t want to run today,” said Dix. “I’ll chalk it up as a good experience and just come out at Arkansas ready. This meet came up quickly and I’m morally glad I ran it but I need to be prepared for next week. Hopefully I’ll bounce back next week.”
Senior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) finished third, behind former Seminole Joe Allen and Kenta Bell, both competing unattached in the long jump, with a provisional qualifying distance of 24’8.5″ (7.53m). Teammate Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) took sixth in 23’9″ (7.24m) and Ricky Argro (Orlando, Fla./Lyman) hit the sand at 23’2.5″ (7.07m).
Sophomore All-American Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) added a second provisional qualifying mark to his list of events, running a 21.45 in the 200m in finishing third. Teammate Ronald Wright (Baltimore, Md./Barton County Community College) equaled his season-best at 22.13, good for 11th place.
“We had a few highlights today. Greg Bolden’s time is fast enough to get him into the mix at nationals. Rafeeq jumped well again and Ricardo got a provisional in the 200m which is where he needs to be. Shawn Allen had a strong conference-level jump. Tom did a run-through for next week’s race which he was right on target with and Andrew ran faster than pace for the 5k in the 3k and Sean Burris had a huge PR while Luke was right there with him.”
Redshirt senior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) provisionally qualified in the weight throw with a distance of 64’1″ (19.53m) to finish fourth overall and second collegiately, in the weight throw. Sophomore Matt Wernike (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) improved on his career-best by five feet, tossing 55’1.5″ (16.80m) to take eighth overall.
Redshirt senior Kara Newell (Tallahassee, Fla./Boston University) started the meet off on a winning note, taking the 5000m event title in a collegiate best time of 17:41.52.
Senior All-American Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) led the group in the 3000m, finishing third overall in 8:17.37. Classmate Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla./USF) and redshirt sophomore Luke Beevor (Luton, England/Icknield) took fourth and fifth in 8:18.20 and 8:20.60.
In the high jump, senior Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) cleared the bar at a season-best height of 6’8.75″ (2.05m), good for fourth place. Redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) and true freshman Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) both recorded a height of 6’4.75″ (1.95m) to finish 10th and 11th, respectively.
Sophomore Audrey Hand (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) finished in fourth place in 5:11.36 in the mile run.
Garcia-Tunon also finished fourth in section 2 of the 55m hurdles finals with a season-best mark of 7.67. He finished in a tie for 11th overall after posting a 7.78 in the preliminary race.
Redshirt sophomore Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) turned in a season-opening 1:52.89 in the 800m, good for fifth place. Senior Robert Cooper (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) finished just behind his teammate in eighth place in 1:54.65.
Freshman Willie Gaines picked up sixth place in the 400m with a time of 49.28 just ahead of Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) who took ninth in 50.04 and junior Kennieth Allen (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rampart), who capped off the top ten with a mark of 50.57.
Senior Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) took seventh in the 200m in 24.60 just ahead of Alyce and Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) who finished in 24.80 and 24.83, respectively.
Senior Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain) finished eighth overall in the 400m with a clip of 57.69. Junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) took 11th place in 57.82, sophomore Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) was 14th in 57.97 and sophomore Quiana Holsey (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) rounded out the runners with a mark of 59.51 for 17th place.
Senior Sarah Reed (Punta Gorda, Fla./Illinois) hit her series-best mark of 52’0″ (15.85m) on her third attempt to take tenth place in the weight throw.
On junior Charlene Walker’s (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) third of six attempts in the long jump, she posted a distance of 18’2.5″ (5.55m) to take 12th overall and fourth in her flight.
“Next week’s meet at Arkansas will tell us a lot more of how good we are going to be and what our chances of winning are, much more than this meet did.”
Up next for Florida State is a trip to Fayetteville, Ark., the site of the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, for one of the most competitive indoor meets of the season, the Tyson Invitational.Automatic Qualifiers
– Greg Bolden, 55m dash, 6.19 – collegiate best mark, second provisional mark (60m – 6.70)
– Andrew Diakos, weight throw, 64′
– Natalie Hughes, 3000m, 9:35.58
– Ricardo Chambers, 400m, 21.45 – second provisional qualifying mark this season