April 27, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – A dreary day ended on a high note for the men of Florida State Friday as they won the sprint medley Championship of America at the Penn Relays for the first time in program history in front of a crowd of 39,166 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
The team of junior Walter Dix (200m), freshman Charles Clark (200m), junior Ricardo Chambers (400m), and senior Tom Lancashire (800m) had a mission to win this season and they did just that, finishing in 3:14.68 for the win.
“The sprint medley championship is huge for the men,” head coach Bob Braman said. “No national-level program is complete until you have a Penn Relays championship under your belt and now we have it. This is very exciting for the team.”
The sprint medley consists of two 200 meter legs, a 400 meter leg, and finally an 800 meter anchor. The Seminoles were able to beat squads from Albany, LSU, Mississippi State, and fellow conference team Miami to take home the big win.
“It’s a great feeling [to win],” ACC 200 meter Champion Walter Dix said. “We came in knowing we could win, which we did, and expecting to break the record, which didn’t go our way. But we really dominated the track tonight against some great competition.”
The men’s 4x100m team also had a good day, finishing first in heat six of the prelims. Seniors Greg Bolden and Cedric Nabe along with Dix and Clark ran 40.09 and will advance to the finals on Saturday.
In women’s action, senior and ACC Champion Alyce Williams finished second in the College Women’s Triple Jump. Her leap of 43’8.75″ (13.33m) was eight inches farther than her jump last weekend in College Park, MD.
Senior Sarah Reed, who took the silver at the conference meet last weekend, threw 50’2.75″ (15.31m) to place fifth in the event on Thursday evening.
The final day of the Penn Relays begins Saturday morning with the first collegiate event being the men’s triple jump at 11:00am. Complete results can be found my visiting ThePennRelays.com.
Championship of America Sprint Medley
Champions – 3:14.68, FSU (Walter Dix, Charles Clark, Ricardo Chambers, Tom Lancashire)
Heat 6: 1st – 40.09 (Greg Bolden, Walter Dix, Charles Clark, Cedric Nabe)
Heat 6: 1st – 1:23.00 (Greg Bolden, Ronald Wright, Tywayne Buchanan, Ricardo Chambers)
Heat 3: 4th – 3:11.77 (Willie Gaines, Hubert Mitchell, Javier Garcia-Tunon, Tywayne Buchanan)
Heat 3: 5th – Cedric Nabe (10.70)