May 1, 2006
Palo Alto, Calif. – The Florida State distance program continues to excel on the track on the West Coast. Running for the second time this year in California, the Seminoles distance program returned with a new 5000m school record, nearly missed another by three-tenths of a second and recorded the top 1500m women’s time in the country in running at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., late on Sunday (April 30) night at the Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) blazed the track at Stanford, taking ninth overall in 13:45.69 in the 5000m, breaking Joep Tigchelaar’s record of 13:46.01. The 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference 5000m Champion was the fourth fastest collegian to finish the race. It marks the second time this year he has picked up an NCAA qualifying mark on the West Coast. The steeple All-American set the 10,000m school record in automatically qualifying at the Stanford Invitational on March 31, 2006. Lemoncello holds the FSU all-time school record in five events (Cross country 8K, Indoor 5000m, Outdoor 5000m, Outdoor 10,000m, Outdoor 3000m steeplechase) and holds an additional top ten position on the all-time performers list in the 1500m.
Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) ran a season-best 3:41.63 as the first collegian and the second overall to finish the 1500m race. The 2006 ACC 1500m Champion bettered his NCAA East Region standard time of 3:42.13, a mark that stood as the fifth fastest in the country entering the weekend. His mark was the second fastest among all four sections of 1500m runners. The mark is the fastest in the conference by almost five seconds.
Redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) picked up fourth-place in a season-best and NCAA nation-leading 1500m time of 4:16.69, just three-tenths of a second off her personal best and FSU all-time record of 4:16.33. The 2006 ACC 1500m Champion was the fourth overall runner to cross the line in her section and among all four sections of mid-distance (1500m) sprinters.
Florida State will host the Seminole Twilight, the final home meet of the season on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex.