Feb. 23, 2007
Clemson, S.C. – The Seminoles qualified for the finals in six events for the men and seven for the women on the second day of competition at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Clemson, S.C. After day two, the men and women are in third place with 27 points and 16.50 points, respectively.
Men’s one mile run prelims
As the multi-events continued, the first running event of the day was the men’s mile run with Florida State’s Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England), Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) and Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, FL). Lancashire qualified for the finals as he ran the fastest preliminary time of the day with his mark of 4:11.45 while Buckingham also qualified with a 4:12.39 clock.
Women’s one mile run prelims
Junior Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, VA) was the lone Seminole to compete in the women’s mile one prelims and qualified for finals in 4:59.60. This is the first time Hagen has competed in the mile run for Florida State.
Men’s 60m dash prelims heat up
The men’s 60m dash prelims were as exciting as ever as four Seminoles qualified for the finals on Saturday. Senior Greg Bolden (Morrow, GA), junior Walter Dix (Coral Springs, FL), and sophomore Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ) all qualified for the finals tomorrow with their times of 6.61, 6.67, and 6.72, respectively. For the eighth spot in the finals, senior Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland) and Clemson’s Corey Brown each ran 6.77 and will compete head-to-head in a two section 60m final tomorrow afternoon.
Women’s short sprints, hurdles and 800m prelims
Senior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, FL) ran 7.55 to qualify for the finals of the women’s 60m dash, senior Kamilah Salaam (Wilmington, DE) qualified for the finals in the 60m hurdles with her time of 8.58, and senior Dana Massiah’s (Trinidad and Tobago) 55.60 mark earned her a spot in the 400m finals on Saturday. In the 800m, senior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England) qualified for tomorrow in 2:10.88.
Men’s 60m hurdle prelims and high jump finals
Junior Drew Brunson (Snellville, GA) qualified for the finals of the 60m hurdles in 7.90 while sophomore Javier Garcia-Tunon’s (Miami, FL) time of 8.18 just missed the cutoff mark.
Brunson scored four points for the men as he jumped a lifetime best 6’9.75″ in the high jump finals to place fifth.
Men’s 200m dash prelims
Walter Dix didn’t let Clemson’s Jacoby Ford get by as he ran the fastest time today in the 200m prelim with 21.41. Also qualifying for Florida State were Michael Ray-Garvin, Greg Bolden, and Pat Robinson.
Men’s 400m dash prelims
Junior Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, FL), the fastest 400m runner in the nation, took it easy on the competition today as he qualified in third for the finals with a 48.55 clock. Junior Hubert Mitchell (West Palm Beach, FL) and sophomore Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica) also qualified in 48.78 and 48.97, respectively.
Men’s 5,000m and distance medley relay break ACC records
Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrew’s, Scotland) set a new ACC meet record in the 5,000m finals by crossing the line in 14:00.96 and scoring 10 points for Florida State. Also scoring some of the first points for the Seminoles was senior Sean Burris (Rockledge, FL) whose time of 14:39.22 was good for seventh place and two team points.
In the men’s distance medley relay, Mark Buckingham, junior Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia), red-shirt freshman Stephen Wilson (Brandon, FL), and Tom Lancashire posted the new ACC record with their clock of 9:50.41, earning 10 team points to give the Seminole men 27 points at the end of day two.
Women score first points
Alyce Williams placed third overall in the women’s long jump with her 19’9.75″ jump to earn six points for the women and junior Debbie Huss’ (Wyomissing, PA) 16:57.18 clock in the 5,000m finals added a point for the Seminoles.
Sophomore Tori Allen (Indianapolis, IN) pole vaulted 12’5.5″ to tie for fourth and earn 4.50 points for the women.
“We had an overall great day,” Head coach Bob Braman said. “We didn’t get all the points, but the ones we missed were very minor.”
“On the men’s side the high jumpers did a great job and we qualified really well in most of the sprint events. Andrew Lemoncello and the men’s distance medley relay breaking the conference record were huge tonight.”
“For the women, Alyce coming in third in the triple jump was huge, the women’s distance medley and Tori Allen placed fourth and that is big as well. What we did well on the women’s side is we outdid the incoming season projection and that puts us in a pretty good position and we have a real chance for the top five which separates the elite from everyone else.”
The final day of the conference championship begins tomorrow, Feb. 24 and kicks off with the final of the men’s mile run. Florida State will also compete in the men’s and women’s 3,000m finals as well as the 4x400m relays.