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No. 1/3 FSU Track Heads to Pepsi Invitational

Feb. 4, 2006


Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State (No. 1/3 ) men’s and women’s track and field squads heads down the road to the University of Florida for the Pepsi Invitational on Sunday, February 5, 2006, taking place at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville. A few Seminoles have already had success at the Gator facility so this meet should be no exception with four current roster members meeting the automatic and provisional standards at meets earlier this season and two holding indoor track records.


Florida State Ranked Third in the USTFCCCA…

In the first poll recognized by the NCAA, the Florida State men’s track and field team garnered third place among the NCAA Division I teams in the nation. The first edition of the poll was released last week and is the only poll officially recognized by the NCAA. The only two programs ahead of FSU are defending champion Arkansas in the top spot and Texas at number two.


Pepsi Invitational Preview…

A number of Seminoles have already made an impact on the track and field world this season, but a few of the major players are still waiting in the wings. Defending indoor 60m-runner up, sophomore All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) will step on the track this weekend in Gainesville to compete in the 60m dash. All-American distance sensations Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) are slated to compete in the men’ s 3000m while senior All-American Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) and newcomer Susan Kuijken (Nijmejor, Netherlands/Steoelijk Gymnasium) are entered on the women’s side.


Williams Twins Give Seminoles Extra Benefit…

Having an All-American sprinter and jumper transfer into the program is always a benefit to any team but to have her sister, one of the top sprinters in the region, enroll is an added perk. Twin sisters Alyce and Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason University) are in their first year of competition at FSU and are already representing the team well. Alyce has the fifth farthest triple jump in the conference after winning the event at the Lobo Invitational. She hit 41’11.5″ to meet her first provisional standard as a Seminole and join teammate Lacy Janson as the first national qualifiers for the women. Alycia, a standout sprinter, is among the top ten performers in the 55m dash (7th – 7.23) and 400m (5th – 56.27) in the Atlantic Coast Conference.


Transfers Rule At FSU…

Three of FSU’s four provisional qualifiers transferred into the program. Senior Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) joined the Seminoles team last year and made a big impact on the jumps area. He earned All-ACC honors in just his first league title meet as a Seminole. Junior transfers Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) and Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason University), newcomers to the team, have already qualified in the 60m and triple jump, respectively.


Trackwire 25 Has FSU At The Top, Again…

Florida State is atop the Trackwire 25 rankings for the second consecutive week. The Seminoles, who had never been ranked higher than second prior to last week, picked up more points in this week’s ranking despite the margin of victory of the defending national champion Arkansas team shrinking to six points (56-50).

1. Florida State, 56; 2. Arkansas, 50; 3. Wisconsin, 47; 4. Texas, 36; 5. LSU, 33; 6. Tennessee, 30; 7. Baylor, 24; 8. Virginia Tech, 22; 9. Michigan, 21; t10. Nebraska, 20; t10. Arizona, 20; 12. Texas A&M, 18; t13. Oregon, 15; t13. TCU, 15; t15. South Carolina 14; t15. Kansas, 14; t15. Auburn, 14; 18. Florida, 13; 19. USC, 12; 20. Notre Dame, 11; t21. Indiana, 9; t21. Oral Roberts, 9; 23. BYU, 8; 24. Kansas State, 7; t25. Akron, 6; t25. UTEP.


Lobo Invitational All-Around Success For Seminoles…

Six national qualifiers, four event wins and four facility records were set at one of the top indoor meets in the nation. Senior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) broke the FSU school record in automatically qualifying for nationals, set the Albuquerque Convention Center track record and bettering his career-best mark of 54’00.50″ (16.47m). Curry, who has earned the moniker as the most consistent Seminole on the squad, easily won the event by more than a meter, with a mark of 54’5.5″ (16.60m). Curry also provisionally qualified and finished in second place in the long jump in a career-best mark of 24’9.75″ (7.56m). Competing against the second-rated thrower in the nation in Arizona’s Sean Shields, redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) threw another NCAA automatic qualifying mark and picked up the event win in the shot put, tossing 63’9″ (19.43m). He bettered his nation-leading mark from last weekend and moved up on the list of NCAA Indoor Championship qualifiers. Redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) continued her streak of event wins, qualifying marks and facility records, vaulting 13’3.5″ (4.05m) in taking the title in the pole vault. It marks the third facility record this season for the four-time All-American. Alyce Williams provisionally qualified in winning the triple jump with a distance of 41’11.5″ (12.79m). The five-time CAA Champion from George Mason, finished just ahead of senior captain LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson), who posted a mark of 40’9.75″ (12.44m) for fifth-place. Williams and seniors Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain), Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) and captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) also ran the relay, recording a time of 3:45.90 for the fourth-place. Junior transfer Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) made his Seminole debut well worth the watch, battling Floridian (LSU’s) Xavier Carter in the 60m. The NCAA Division II Champion Bolden finished just one-hundredth of a second behind Carter, who is rated seventh according to the dozen rankings. After a stellar performance in the 60m, Bolden ran the 200m, taking sixth in 21.75.

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