June 10, 2006
Sacramento, Calif. – Florida State redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) won the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Pole Vault National Championship on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex. She cleared a height of 13’11.25″ (4.25m).
The 2003 NCAA Indoor National Champion tied UCLA’s Chelsea Johnson, the NCAA Collegiate record holder, but Janson had only one missed attempt at the previous bar where Johnson had two.
Janson is the second woman in FSU school history to win a national title twice in the same event. In 2003, Janson took the top spot in the pole vault during the indoor season.
The team finished in a tie for 14th place with 18 points. It is the highest team finish since FSU placed ninth in 1991. It marks the tenth time the Seminoles have placed in the Top 15 in the country since starting the program in 1981.
Redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) was third in the 1500m run with a lifetime best time of 4:15.72. She earns her sixth All-American honor in five seasons and betters the FSU school record that she set in 2003. It is the third time in five years she has placed in the top eight, adding two mile run honors and a cross country honor to her All-American portfolio.
Redshirt junior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason University), an All-American transfer from George Mason, placed seventh in the triple jump to round out the scoring for Florida State. She hit the sand in a lifetime best jump of 43’7.75″ (13.30m). She improved her standing as the fourth-farthest triple jumper in the FSU all-time performers record books with her attempt.
In two weeks, the Seminoles travel to Indianapolis, Ind., for U.S. Junior and Senior Nationals.