March 25, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The FSU women’s team stepped on the track at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex on Saturday, March 25, 2006 to show every one in the stands and on the course what they should expect from the Seminoles this season. Six women plus the women’s 4×100-meter relay met the regional standard in their events, guaranteeing the fact that the team, coming off its highest finish in 20 years at indoor nationals, will have a large delegation at the NCAA East Region Championships in May in Greensboro, N.C.
Senior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) used her home track to her advantage, recording her second of three regional marks running 13.86 in placing second in the 100-meter hurdles. She bettered the regional standard of 13.92 after running a 400-meter hurdle qualifying time yesterday and anchoring the 4×100-meter relay that bested the NCAA East Region mark. Senior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.73 while freshman Irayiza Andrews tied for ninth with a time of 15.23 in the event.
“I was a little concerned about the wind and the cold weather but once the race starts you forget about everything and just run,” said McColumn. “It’s good to have regional qualifying marks because from now until (the meet at the end of May) we can focus on the technical aspect. It is a little easier to run on your home track because you have your teammates, friends from school and other people that come to the home meets cheering for you and calling your name.”
McColumn’s stellar weekend continued when the 4×100-meter relay regionally qualified in a time of 45.48 to capture first place. Leading the squad was redshirt junior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./Flagler) who handed off to senior Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson). The third leg of the race was run by senior Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) with McColumn anchoring the race.
The Williams’ sisters and Niako came back to run with NCAA Mile runner-up Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) in the sprint medley relay. Alyce Williams and Niako ran the first two, 200-meter legs, Alycia Williams sprinted the 400-meter portion and Hughes anchored the 800-meter course for the 3:52.10 finish and event win.
One of the highlights of the day for the crowd, brought All-Americans Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) and Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) to the starting line. Bolden got out of the blocks quick before handing off to Dix, who ran the second segment and back straight away in a sub-20 split. Sophomore Hubert Mitchell (West Palm Beach, FL/Palm Beach Lakes Community HS) took charge of the 400-meter distance and exchanged with anchor Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) who was caught at the line by former NCAA Indoor National Champion and professional 800-meter runner Kevin Hicks. The group finished in second place in 3:19.76 behind an unattached team that also included Olympian and former FSU sprinter Brian Dzingai that ran 3:29.27.
NCAA indoor pole vault runner-up redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) extended the list of qualifiers, clinching the number one spot in the meet and a berth in Greensboro, N.C., reaching a height of 14’0.5″ (4.28m) in her season-opening performance. Newcomer Tori Allen (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) became just the second female Seminole in FSU school history to qualify for the NCAA East Region meet, beating her personal best height of 12’2″ (3.71m) when she cleared the bar at 12’5.5″ (3.80m) and captured the fourth spot. Both sophomore Leilani Caraballo (Miami, Fla./Lourdes Academy) and freshman Brittany Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) reached 10’11.75″ (3.35m) for sixth and seventh place, respectively.
Junior Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) won her second shot put in as many meets, beating the competition with a regional-standard, career-best throw of 48’10” (14.88m) in the shot put. Senior Sarah Reed (Punta Gorda, Fla./Illinois) accompanied Nelson in the top ten, throwing 44’3.25″ (13.49m) and landing her in the number seven spot. Senior heptathlete Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Alan C. Pope) tossed 36’7″ (11.15m) to capture the number 12 spot.
Alyce Williams and senior captain LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) secured two regional spots in the triple jump with marks of 41’7.25″ (12.68m) and 41’1.75″ (12.54m) in a one-two finish, respectively. Williams won her first triple jump competition of the year while LeGree has regionally qualified for the fourth consecutive season.
Freshman Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmer’s Boys’ School) led off the 4×400-meter relay that ran 3:12.26. Freshman Willie Gaines (West Palm Beach, Fla./American Heritage) ran the second leg exchanging with senior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) sprinting the third 400-meter distance. Garcia-Tunon anchored the final segment of the race to give the Seminoles the top spot in the event.
The women’s 4×400-meter team picked up a win behind the legs of freshman Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern), sophomore Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland), junior Hillary Palumbo (Itasca, Ill./Western Illinois) and junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity). The group ran 3:49.11.
Freshman Abbie Wilshire (Bristol, England/Birmingham) led the top three sweep of the 1500-meter run with a mark of 4:33.31. Freshman Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario/St. Christopher) crossed the line in 4:34.11 while sophomore Kristen Hagen (Blacksburg, Va./Christiansburg) took third in 4:37.58. Sophomore Audrey Hand ran a personal best time of 4:38.06 to round out the top five runners.
In the 110m hurdles, redshirt freshman Javier Garcia Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) came in second place with a time of 14.40. Senior Chris Potter (Port St. Lucie, Fla./ Lincoln Park Academy) sealed second place in the 800-meter with a time of 1:54.43. Competing for the first time for FSU this year, redshirt junior John Fallone (Rochester, NY/Virginia Tech) took runner-up placing in the shot put, tossing 54’2.75″ (16.53m).
In the 800-meter run, junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) finished third with a time of 2:14.75. The next to cross the finish line, beating her personal best time by one second, was freshman Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) with a time of 2:16.05. On her heels was sophomore Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) with a time of 2:16.55 in front of junior Hillary Palumbo (Itasca, Ill./Western Illinois) completed the race with a time of 2:18.63.
Senior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) led the Seminoles in the hammer with a toss of 196’6″ (59.90m) placing him fourth overall in the event. Sophomore Matt Wernke (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) placed fifth with a toss of 175′ (53.33m) just ahead of teammate and redshirt sophomore Travis Dane (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) who recorded a career best throw of 163’3″ (49.75m).
Sophomore Erin Voss (Port Charlotte, Fla./Charlotte) threw a distance of 152’11” (46.61m) in the hammer which placed her fourth overall in the event. With this throw, Voss beat her personal best distance of 135’8″ (41.36m) scored at the Snowbird Invite.
Senior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.73. Freshman Irayiza Andrews tied for ninth with a time of 15.23 in the event.
NCAA East Regional Qualifiers for Saturday only
Tori Allen, Pole vault, 12’5″ (3.80m)
Andrew Diakos, Hammer, 196’6″ (59.90m)
Lacy Janson, Pole vault, 14’0.5″ (4.28m)
LaToya Legree, Triple jump, 41’1.25″ (12.54m)
LaKendra McColumn, 100-meter hurdles, 13.86
Lindsey Nelson, Shot put, 48’10” (14.88m)
Alyce Williams, Triple jump, 41’7.25″ (12.68m)
4×100-meter relay (Alyce Williams, Evelyne-Cynthia Niako, Alycia Williams, LaKendra McColumn)