March 2, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – After winning two events, breaking a 14-year old meet record, re-setting the FSU school record he owned and recording the fourth-fastest indoor time in the world this year, you would think Florida State sophomore All-American Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) had gotten everything out of the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, last weekend in Blacksburg, Va.
The ACC had other plans, awarding the four-time league champion the Most Valuable Performer of the Year honors, announced by the office on Thursday, March 02, 2006. Third-year head coach Bob Braman was also lauded for his coaching performance at the indoor meet, picking up ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive season.
“I’m really excited because last year, he was one the best freshman in the country and he didn’t get the credit he deserved because of Walter Dix, Tom Lancashire and some of the other talented student-athletes in our program,” said head coach Bob Braman. “He is truly one of the premier athletes in the country and it’s great to see him get recognition for his hard work and training.”
Chambers ran the fastest 400m time ever at an ACC track meet (45.93) breaking the original record set in 1992 by North Carolina’s Reggie Harris (45.94). The time is the fourth fastest indoor time in the world this year and is second in the nation to fellow Florida native LSU’s Xavier Carter. He bettered the FSU standard he set at the Florida Fast Times meet in 2005.
If that performance was not enough for the crowd, Chambers came back an hour later to win his first 200m title with a provisional time of 21.13, just five-hundredths of a second short of adding another automatic qualifying clip to his resume. The six-time All-ACC honoree also became just the fifth two-time winner in the 400m in league history.
Braman earned his second consecutive award after leading the Seminoles to their fourth straight conference indoor championship and fifth overall. Braman led the Seminoles to eight individual event titles, en route to tallying 160.50 points. It was the third straight year that FSU has scored over 160 points at the meet championship. With the win, Braman moved into sole possession of fifth place for league titles by a head coach with three.
Chambers joins current Seminole junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton), who won the award in 2005 after running three races in a span of 24 hours and Phillip Riley (1994), as the only Florida State runners to win the indoor meet honor. Lancashire’s win was a part of a sweep of conference honors as Braman was named ACC Coach of the Year and then-freshman Walter Dix picked up Rookie of the Year accolades.
The group returns to action at the NCAA Indoor National Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. From Friday, March 10 to Saturday March 11, 2006.