March 4, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) opened his outdoor shot put season shattering the FSU school and Mike Long Track facility records, tossing a 67’3.5″ (20.51m) on day two (March 4, 2006) of the 2006 Snowbird Invitational meet at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex in Tallahassee, Fla.
“A school record in the first meet is certainly impressive for any athlete,” said head coach Bob Braman. “More importantly it prepares him for NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships next week in a big way.”
Johnson’s prior top outing was 67’0.75″ at the USA Senior Track and Field Championships in June of last season. He set the track record at the Seminole Invitational with a throw of 66’0.5″ (20.13m). The All-American and nation-leading shot putter for indoor season won the event and set the outdoor standard high as it should be the top mark in the nation for the upcoming campaign. Johnson, who leaves for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday, solidified his place in the NCAA East Region Championship in May.
Fellow thrower Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) met the NCAA East Regional standard at the 193’8″ (59.02m) in winning his second consecutive discus event at the meet.
The women’s 4x100m ran 47.68 on the legs of sophomore Naikeya Heath (Killeen, Tex./Killeen), junior Charlene Walker (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater), senior Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain) and senior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb).
Junior Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) won his first event of the outdoor season, clearing the pole vault bar of 16’0.75″ (4.90m) for the victory. Newcomer Tori Allen (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) also picked up top billing in the pole vault, clearing 11’5.75″ (3.50m).
Junior Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) and senior Sarah Reed (Punta Gorda, Fla.//Illinois) finished one-two in the shot put, tossing 46’8″ (14.22m) and 45’11.75″ (14.01m), respectively.
Sophomore Hubert Mitchell (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes Community HS) opened his second season with a win in the 400m in 47.57.
Sophomore Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) took third place in the 800m in 2:19.60. Junior Hillary Palumba (Elmhurst, Ill./Illinois) finished right behind her in fourth place in 2:19.72.
Sophomore Shannon Coates (Delray Beach, Fla./Spanish River) was fourth in the 3000m with a time of 11:05.41.
After regionally qualifying yesterday in the 400m hurdles, senior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) ran a 14.03 to take second place.
The Seminoles’ next outdoor meet with be the FSU Relays from March 22-25, 2006 at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex.