Jan. 14, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles step on the track for the first time in 2006 at a very familiar location. FSU heads two hours down the road to Gainesville, Fla. for the 2006 Florida Intercollegiate Championships on Sunday, January 15, 2006.
Six Months Later, Awards Continue for Dix
Sophomore Walter Dix was named 2005 South Florida Sun-Sentinel College Athlete of the Year for his outstanding performance during the 04-05 campaign. The five-time All-American, who broke the World junior outdoor 200m and American junior indoor 100m records, ended his season with the NCAA Outdoor 100m National Championship, after finishing in second place in the indoor 60m event at nationals. The ACC Champion becomes the second recipient of the award, given annually to the top athlete from, or competing in, South Florida.
Noles Predicted to Tie for National Title
In the December 2005 issue of Track and Field News, the leading magazine of the sport, predicted the Florida State men’s team to tie 41-time NCAA National Champion Arkansas for the outdoor title in 2006. The Seminoles and Razorbacks are slated to score 61 points apiece, a number that would be a program best for the Garnet and Gold. The calculations include points from 2005 NCAA 100m Champion Walter Dix, the nation’s top returning triple jumper, six-time All-American Rafeeq Curry and recently selected Rhodes Scholar, thrower Garrett Johnson.
Curry Returns As Top Triple Jumper in the Nation
No matter what senior triple jumper Rafeeq Curry does this season, he will step onto the track at his first competition as one of the top returning indoor triple jumpers and the top returning outdoor triple jumper from the 2004-05 season. Curry, who has finished among the top eight scorers or Americans at nationals in six trips (3 indoor, 3 outdoor) to the NCAAs, finished sixth in the event in March of 2005 and fourth in June 2005.
Janson Hits Pole Vault Mark in First Outing, Again
Redshirt senior Lacy Janson qualified for her fourth NCAA Indoor National Championship, vaulting 13’9.25″ (4.20m) at the Clemson Opener on December 3, 2005. In winning the event, Janson also broke the Clemson Indoor Facility record. In opening her freshman year, she qualified in her first collegiate meet, the Florida Intercollegiates, earning ACC Indoor Performer of the Week. In 2003, her sophomore year, the same season she was crowned national champion, she met the provisional standard at the same meet – the Florida Intercollegiate Championships.
Two-time ACC Performer of the Year Tom Lancashire Enjoys Standout Cross Country Season
Junior Tom Lancashire finished the 2005 cross country campaign with a 77th place finish at the NCAA National Championships. He helped the program to its third consecutive title meet and an 18th place overall finish in the race. Individually, the two-time All-American was either the second or third Seminole to cross the finish line in every race during the season. With the anticipated graduation of two-time ACC Cross Country Champion Andrew Lemoncello, Lancashire should be the top returner for the 2006 cross country season.
Chambers Featured on National Track Website
Trackshark.com, one of the top college track and field websites, recently featured sophomore All-American sprinter Ricardo Chambers during the fall of 2005 interview section. The second-year conference and regional 400m champion, who had the fastest time of any quarter-miler heading into the national championship meet last year, participated in a preseason questionnaire about his training regimen and plans for the upcoming season. Also listed in the group were 27-time NCAA National Champion head coach Pat Henry (Texas A&M), and national champions Ashley Selig (Nebraska) and Sharon Day (California-Poly Sci).
Four National Champions On 05-06 Roster
What do Lacy Janson and sophomore Walter Dix have in common with junior transfers Greg Bolden and Ronald Wright? All are NCAA national champions on the 2005-06 Florida State track and field roster. Janson was the top pole vaulter during the indoor season in 2003 while Dix earned his sprinting national title in June of 2005. Bolden, the top speedster at Albany State, won an individual 100m national championship as well as a crown as a leg of the NCAA Division II-best 4x100m relay in 2005. Formerly of Barton County Community College, Ronald Wright was the top 200m runner on the junior college circuit in 2005