March 2, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The good times keep rolling for Florida State track and field, literally. Florida State junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) broke the FSU school record in the mile run for the second time in his career on the same track at the same meet as his previous outing. His 3:58.52 clip in winning the mile at the Florida Fast Times meet on Thursday, March 02, 2006, on the flat track at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, converts to a 3:57.82 time that gives him the second fastest time in the nation and top billing entering the national championship meet.
“I felt pretty good considering I haven’t felt great all week,” commented Lancashire. “I was a bit worried about making it. But to not feel good and run that fast is really encouraging. Sean Burris did a good job of pacing. There were a couple of guys in the race who were right there with me as well. It’s a world of difference (from running here last year).”
The two-time All-American shattered his prior personal best of 4:00.64 and it marks the first sub-four minute mile on record in FSU school history. The reigning two-time ACC Mile Champion was less than a second off the facility record and beat the second place finisher by almost four seconds.
“It was an amazing run by Tom,” said head coach Bob Braman, who learned he was named 2006 ACC Coach of the Year prior to the race. “It’s just phenomenal because he ran a huge negative split. “His last quarter was 57. His time was dominating. It puts us back in the national title picture with Tom going in as one of the top guys in the field. He’s two seconds ahead of last year when he finished fifth in the country.”
Redshirt senior five-time All-American Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) hit her sixth automatic qualifying mark in seven meets, winning with a height of 13’11.25″ (4.25m). Janson, who owns the Florida facility record in the pole vault, won her seventh pole event of the year, coming off her fourth Atlantic Coast Conference pole vault crown.
Senior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) utilized his last long jump attempt to take second place in the event with a distance of 23’8.25″ (7.22m). Classmate Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) hit the third-place standard on his first jump, posting a mark of 22’7″ (6.88m).
Curry, the nation’s leading triple jumper, won his final regular season event of the year, with a mark of 51’7.25″ (15.73m). Griffin finished in fourth with his second-farthest jump of the year at 47’5″ (14.45m).
Senior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) won her first event title of the year with a triple jump mark of 40’9.75″ (12.44m). heading into nationals, the two-time All-ACC honoree has the 15th farthest jump of the year, coming off the league championships meet.
Redshirt senior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) picked up his second event win of the year, taking first in the weight throw behind a throw of 64’9.75″ (19.75m). Diakos placed in the top 30 in the nation in weight throwers entering the meet with his throw from the indoor conference championships meet.
In one of the final events of the day, redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) ran a season-best 4:42.59 in bettering her provisional standard rating and moving into the top ten in the nation in the mile run. Hughes, who will compete in her final national championship at FSU, finished just ahead of her second place teammate senior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough University) who ran 4:50.66.
The group returns to action at the NCAA Indoor National Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., from Friday, March 10 to Saturday March 11, 2006.