Jan. 15, 2006
Gainesville, Fla. – Redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) bettered her automatic qualifying mark in the pole vault and three men’s Florida State track and field team members provisionally qualified for the 2006 NCAA Indoor National Championships at the Florida Intercollegiate on Sunday, January 15, 2006 at the Stephen F. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. Senior jumpers All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) and Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) and redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) met the provisional standard in their respective events.
Janson led the pole vault group once again, bettering her season-best height and automatic qualifying standard to 13’11.25″ (4.25m). It marks her second event win of the season.
Senior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) won the triple jump in 51’00.25″ (15.55m). Curry, who also ran 6.52 in the 55m, provisionally qualified for his fourth indoor national championship in as many attempts.
Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy), who has had a string of great performances in Gainesville, put on another show, throwing a provisionally qualifying mark of 63’7.5″ (19.39m), to take second in the event to a familiar foe – former teammate All-American Dorian Scott. It marks the second consecutive season that the 2006 Rhodes Scholar has punched a ticket for nationals.
Senior Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) had the best outing of his long jumping career, hitting a personal-best 24’9.25″ (7.55m), bettering his top distance by over a foot and provisionally qualifying for his first NCAA national championship. The indoor All-ACC team member finished second overall, to former Seminole All-American Joe Allen, and was the top collegiate performer in the group.
Senior thrower Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) won his first event of the year, tossing 60’4.5″ (18.40m) in the first round of the weight throw. Diakos, who was less than three feet shorter than his career-best in the event, took the win on his first attempt. Redshirt sophomore Travis Dane (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) and true sophomore Matt Wernike (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively, posting marks of a career-best 50’3.25″ (15.32m) and 49’1.5″ (14.97m).
Senior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) finished third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5’5.75″ (1.67m). Lane finished fifth in the hurdles running 8.17, just ahead twp spots of senior captain LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb), who clocked in at 8.22 in the 55m hurdles finals.
Senior Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) also finished third in the high jump with a height of 6’6.75″ (2.00m). Newcomer Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter), was right on his heels, clearing the bar at 6’4.75″ (1.95m), good for fourth place.
Newcomer Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern) was the top Seminole 400m runner, winning her heat and picking up third place in 57.30. Junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) finished in ninth place in 59.13 while sophomore Quiana Holsey (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) ran 59.66 to take 13th.
Richemond also anchored the distance medley relay team that took third place. The group, comprised of newcomers Hillary Palumba and Keyla Smith, Pettus and Richemond, posted a time of 13:17.63.
Newcomer Tori Allen (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) improved on her collegiate-best mark, vaulting 11’5.75″ (3.50m) in tying for fourth-place. Fellow freshman Brittany Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney), younger sister of Lacy, cleared 10’2″ (3.10m) in just her second meet.
Senior Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson), who led the four Seminole 200m runners that finished in the top seven, opened her season campaign with a sixth place finish in the 55m in 7.08, after running a 7.12 in the prelims. She had the fifth fastest time overall and was the third fastest collegian in the preliminary race. In the 200m, the 2003 All-American ran 24.86, finishing fourth overall.
The leading long jumper for FSU for the last two seasons, junior Charlene Walker (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) posted the best mark in her flight and placed sixth overall, hitting a distance of 18’6″ (5.64m) in the first round.
Redshirt junior transfer Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) competed for the first time as a Seminole, jumping 17’11.75″ (5.47m) in the long jump. Senior captain LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) finished two inches and two places behind Williams, with a mark of 17’9.75″ (5.43m). Newcomer and Gainesville native Shannon Stuckman (Gainesville, Fla./P.K. Yonge Laboratory) hit 16’3.75″ (4.97m) to round out the top 20 in the event.
Alyce Williams also competed in the sprinting events alongside twin sister and fellow George Mason transfer Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason). Alyce came out on top in the 55m, running 7.15 for eighth place in the finals while Alycia took 12th overall in 7.23. In the 200m, Alycia posted a heat-leading time of 25.00, while Alyce had the speediest mark in her group at 24.98. Alycia finished in sixth place just one spot ahead of Alyce. LeGree finished behind the trio, recording a clip of 7.39 while junior Dana Massiah (Trinidad & Tobago/Bishop Aenesty) ran a 24.92, competing unattached.
Junior Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) finished fourth in the pole vault and classmate Charlie Cotton (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) recorded a personal best, both posting heights of 15’7″ (4.75m).
Junior thrower Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) hit her best distance of the season on her second attempt, tossing 44’0.75″ (13.43m) to take fourth place in the shot put event. Top Seminole weight thrower Sarah Reed (Punta Gorda, Fla./Illinois), who heaved 49’8.50″ (15.15m) for eighth-place in the weight throw earlier in the day, placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 42’11” (13.08m).
Senior Jean Baptiste (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) ran 6.66 and senior Ricky Argro (Orlando, Fla. /Lyman) posted a time of 6.58 in the preliminary race of the 55m dash. In the finals, Baptiste finished in 6.68 while Argo improved to 6.52. Junior Kennieth Allen (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rampart) and newcomer Willie Gaines finished in fourth and fifth place in the 200m, in times of 50.41 and 50.57.
Freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) completed the 55m hurdles in 7.82 in the prelims and 7.93 in the finals. Sophomore Matt Frith (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) shaved .11 seconds off his opening round time of 8.25 to run 8.14 in the finals.
Sophomore Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) won her heat in the 800m and finished in the top 20 with a mark of 2:27.92.
FSU returns to action next weekend as a large group heads to a Alburqueque, N.M. for competition.