Feb. 11, 2006
Fayetteville, Ark. – The Florida State (No. 1/3) men’s and women’s track and field team made a big impact on the national scene, at the site of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, leaving the event with three automatic qualifying marks and nine provisional qualifying standards, one FSU-school record and four event winners over two days. FSU concluded the two-day meet, which brings out some of the best competition in both the NCAA and the world, at the 2006 Tyson Invitational on Saturday, February 11, 2006.
Senior six-time All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) neared his record-breaking automatic qualifying mark in taking second (first collegiately) in the championship division of the triple jump with a distance 54’3.25″ (16.54m). The distance is just two inches short of his FSU-school record setting performance of 54’5.5″ (16.60m) set at the Lobo Invitational on January 21.
Sophomore five-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) just slipped under the provisional standard in the 200m of 21.23, running a 21.22 to take fifth place in the event.
In big meets, redshirt junior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) is stepping up. Williams walked away with a season-best, provisional qualifying mark in winning the triple jump in 42’0.75″ (12.82m).
Sophomore All-America Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) ran a season-best 21.37 in placing fourth in the 200m. Junior transfer Ronald Wright (Baltimore, Md./Barton County Community College) followed him with a season-best clip of 21.58 for 11th place.
For the second week in a row, redshirt senior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron-Collier) met the provisional qualifying standard in the weight throw, tossing 63’9.75″ (19.45m).
Newcomer Susan Kuijken (Nijmejor, Netherlands/Steoelijk Gymnasium), running in just her second meet at FSU, added her name to the growing list of national qualifiers, crossing the line in 9:29.49 in the 3000m run.
The women’s 4x400m relay ran a season-best time of 3:38.54 to take ninth in the event. The mark puts gives them the eighth fastest time in the nation and a provisional qualifying time that is almost two seconds faster than the banked track standard of 3:40.00. Redshirt junior Alycia Williams (Flagler, Fla./George Mason), senior Alyce Williams (Flagler, Fla./George Mason), freshman Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern) and senior captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) comprised the relay.
After struggling through injuries during his first two years at FSU, redshirt sophomore Luke Beevor (Luton, England/Icknield) turned in a huge performance, running a team-leading 8:17.12 in taking third place in the open 3000m run. The time signals Beevor may be returning to his peak performance times because the mark is just .02 seconds short of his personal best of 8:17.1.
In the championships division of the 3000m run, All-American Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) opened the season with an 8:14.85 to take 12th place.
Senior Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) continued posting career marks, taking third in the high jump with a height of 6’7.5″ (2.02m). He was just one inch short of his personal best mark, set at the Pepsi Invitational.
Junior Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) improved on her season-best distance in the shot put , tossing 46’4″ (14.12m).
Redshirt sophomore Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) had another great performance, clocking 1:52.94 in the 800m to take fifth place in the college division finals.
Other finishers – Junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) ran a season-best 2:13.43 in the 800m… Senior Robert Cooper (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) ran 1:55.26 in the 800m… Junior transfer Abi Wilshire (Bristol, England/Birmingham) ran 9:54.93 in the 3000m while sophomore Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va./Christiansburg) finished right behind her in 10:16.15… Senior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) finished with a distance of 40’4.25″ (12.30m) in taking eighth in the championships of the triple jump.
– Rafeeq Curry, Triple Jump (54’3.25″/16.54m)
– Alyce Williams, Triple Jump (42’0.75″/12.82m)