April 1, 2006
Gainesville, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field team added five names and the women’s 4x400m relay to the NCAA East Region list and bettered two previous marks on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at the Diet Pepsi Classic in Gainesville, Fla.
The men’s 4x100m relay ran the fastest collegiate time in the nation, completing the one lap race in 39.43, second only to a professional team. The group included junior All-American Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State), sophomore All-American Kenny O’Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline), senior All-American Ricky Argro (Orlando, Fla./Lyman) and anchored by reigning NCAA Outdoor 100m National Champion Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs). Washington State’s time of 39.67 was the previous 2006 NCAA best mark.
O’Neal utilized his conditioning in the 400m-relay to put on a strong performance in the open 100m. The All-American had the fifth fastest time in the group, regionally qualifying with a collegiate best mark of 10.48.
Adding to his NCAA East Region shot put mark, redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) bettered the regional standard in the discus, throwing 178’6″ (54.40m) in taking third place in the event and securing entry into another event in Greensboro, N.C.
Redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) continued his campaign for freshman of the year, running for a second regional qualifier in as many meets in completing the 110m hurdles in 14.16, good for fifth place. Garcia-Tunon should now double in the hurdles events after posting a 400m regional qualifying time at the FSU Relays.
Senior captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) ran a season-opening 23.78 in the 200m, adding her name to the travel list for regionals and placing seventh in the event. The 2003 All-American was already on the NCAA East Region roster as a leg of the 4x100m relay team.
The women’s 4x100m relay rounded the track in 45.66. Led by sophomore Naikeya Heath (Killeen, Tex./Killeen) exchanged with redshirt junior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) who then handed off to twin sister senior Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason). McColumn anchored the group that finished third in their heat.
Three of the four legs of the 400m-relay also comprised the 4x400m group that took the track at the end of the day turning in its first regional mark of the season (3:39.11). Alyce Williams opened up the first lap handing off to McColumn, normally the quartet’s anchor, who exchanged with rookie Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern). Alycia Williams ran the final segment giving the group a time of 3:39.11.
Alyce Williams ran in the 400m, clocking 55.08 in taking ninth place and in the 100m, running the straightaway in 11.93. Sophomore Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) finished in 14th in 55.69.
Junior Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) picked up her second regional qualifying mark of the season, tossing 156’9″ (47.77m). Fellow thrower John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) also joined the group headed to North Carolina in late May, taking fourth and bettering the NCAA shot put standard with a throw of 55’2.25″16.82m).
Redshirt senior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) tossed father than the regional standard of 182’5″ (55.60m) in the hammer for the third time this season in taking fifth place with a distance of 192’5″ (58.66m). Redshirt sophomore Travis Dane (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) had a career-best outing, hitting the ground at 175’8″ (53.54m), just ahead of teammate sophomore Matt Wernke (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) who threw 175′ (53.35m).
Reigning ACC Performer of the Week, senior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) recorded her fastest 100m and 400m hurdles times this season. In the first race, the three-time, All-ACC honoree ran 13.85. She came back later in the day to better her regional standing by one-hundredth of a second, posting a time of 58.17 and finishing as the top collegian. Senior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) ran 14.37 in the 100m hurdles while newcomer Shannon Stuckman (Gainesville, Fla./P.K. Younge Laboratory) rounded out the group with a time of 15.63. Accompanying McColumn in the quarter hurdles were sophomore Quiana Holsey (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) who ran 1:04.16 and Stuckman, who raced to a 1:04.58 finish.
Senior Chris Potter (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) and redshirt sophomore Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) placed second and third in the 800m, respectively, running times of 1:51.07 and 1:51.10.
Senior Kate Purcell (West Point, Pa./Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) inched closer to the a regional standard, throwing the javelin 131’2″ (39.98m) for third place, an inch farther than her season best recorded last week at the FSU Relays.
Fresh off a regional qualifying performance at home, sophomore Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) had an impressive outing, vaulting 16’0.75″ (4.90m) to place second overall and first collegiately.
Freshman Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) cleared the highest Seminole bar at 6’6.75″ (2.00m) in earning fourth place in the high jump. Senior Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) was right behind him, tying for fifth place with a mark of 6’4.75″ (1.95m).
Redshirt freshman Alvaro Bada (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte) finished in fourth place in 154’7″ (47.11m).
Junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) ran a season-best 800m race, finishing in tenth place in 2:13.60. Freshman Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) was right behind her in 2:16.58 and just seconds ahead of junior newcomer Hillary Palumbo (Itasca, Ill./Western Illinois), who crossed the line in 2:16.65.
Junior Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) recorded her second farthest throw this year in the shot put, tossing 46’10” (14.27m), good for fifth place at the meet. Senior Sarah Reed (Port Charlotte, Fla./Illinois), who placed eighth in the hammer with a distance of 168’7″ (51.38m), earlier in the day, was two spots behind Nelson, with a mark of 46’2.5″ (14.08m). Sophomore Erin Voss (Port Charlotte, Fla./Charlotte) was 14th with a season-best, hammer throw of 137’11” (42.05m).