March 13, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The NCAA will broadcast an hour and a half, tape-delayed show recapping the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Tuesday, March 14, 2006.
The men’s team finished in a program-best third place with the most points in FSU school history totaling 41 behind 2006 national champion Arkansas (53) and NCAA runner-up LSU (45). Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) won the first event of the meet, taking home the shot put title and beating the rest of the field by over three feet. Sophomore five-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) wowed the crowd with the fastest time in the world this year and the seventh fastest 200m time ever to win the 2006 NCAA Indoor crown and his second overall national title.
Redshirt seniors Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) and Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) put the women’s program in the top 15 for the first time since the mid-1980s, one of the golden eras of FSU women’s track and field. The pair scored 16 points to tie UCLA for 15th place which is the highest finish for the program since taking sixth place in 1986. Janson and Hughes recorded the highest individual indoor performances with NCAA runner-up finishes in the pole vault and the mile, respectively, since Janson won the national title in 2003.
The Seminoles will take the weekend off before hosting the biggest outdoor meet of the season with the FSU Relays. The high school and college meet runs from March 22-25 at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex.