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Split Squads Head to New Mexico and Gainesville

Jan. 20, 2006

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Tallahassee, Fla.
– In week two of the indoor track and field season, the Florida State men’s and women’s teams are starting to gain steam. The opening meets of the season, the Clemson Opener and the Florida Intercollegiates, were chances to get steps down and timing right. This week, the competition for a spot at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships really begins. A group of Seminoles will head to one of the most competitive meets of the weekend, the Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational hosted by New Mexico while another contingency will spend another weekend in Gainesville, participating in the Gator Invitational. Both meets take place Saturday, January 21, 2006.

Johnson Automatically Qualifies At Florida Intercollegiates…

Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) automatically qualified for nationals with a throw of 63’7.5″ (19.39m) in the shot put at the Florida Intercollegiates meet, becoming the first Seminole on the men’s team to secure a berth at nationals and the third to meet an event standard overall. His season-opening mark is not only the top in the conference but sets him above the rest of the competition in the nation, by over two feet. The 2006 Rhodes Scholar had a similar performance at the Florida Intercollegiates in 2005, throwing the farthest mark of his indoor career and second farthest in the world that year, at just his second meet back from a redshirt season. Johnson is one of three male student-athletes in the conference to automatically qualify for nationals.


Two seems to be a popular number for the Seminoles. Redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) broke two facility records in two meets…. So far this season, FSU has two automatic qualifiers to match two provisional qualifiers… Two of the student-athletes who met event standards are jumpers, the two others compete in field events… Sophomore Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) is in two categories in the first edition of the power rankings… The Seminole men are picked to finish number two at nationals, according to the Trackwire 25.

FSU Well Represented Among ACC Best…

In the opening week of the ACC Top Performance list, a compilation of the top ten marks in each event over the course of the season, 14 Tribe men and 12 Seminole women amassed 35 marks in the conference. Lacy Janson leads the league in the pole vault by over a foot. Junior transfer Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) is listed three times while twin sister senior transfer Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) and fellow runners Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) and junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) have two marks. Senior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) boasts the second fastest 55m high hurdle mark and the fourth-best high jump height in the league. The 4x400m and distance medley relays are both in the top five.

Rankings Have FSU Written All Over Them…

The Seminole men’s track and field team begins the indoor season as the second-ranked squad in the country, according to Trackwire 25, a poll that forecasts the final standings of the NCAA National Championships. The prediction uses information gathered from coaches and competitions across the nation and uses the Dandy Dozen power rankings to predict potential national champions. FSU is predicted to score 53 points, just one point behind defending national champion Arkansas.

Team, points
– 1. Arkansas, 54; 2. Florida State, 53; 3. Wisconsin, 45; 4. Texas, 38; 5. LSU, 31; 6. Tennessee, 27; t7. Nebraska, 26; t7. Arizona, 26; 9. Texas Tech, 21; 10. Virginia Tech, 20. Other rankings: t15. Florida, 14; 18. South Carolina, 12; t20. BYU, 10; t23. Auburn, 9;

Individually, eight men, two women and the men’s 4x400m relay are listed in the Dandy Dozen power ranking to start the 2006 schedule. Sophomore national champion Walter Dix is rated No. 1 in the 60m and No. 2 in the 200m. Sophomore All-American Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) is listed as the top 400m runner in the country. Senior six-time All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy), who provisionally qualified for his fourth national championship meet at the Florida Intercollegiates, leads the country in the triple jump.

Garrett Johnson is fourth in the shot put while junior All-American Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) is the fifth-fastest mile runner. Senior long jumper Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) is rated eighth in his area. Junior transfer Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) is 11th in the 60m and classmate Ronald Wright (Baltimore, Md./Barton County Community College) is 12th in the 200m.

The men’s 4x400m relay team is slated for fourth in the nation and first in the conference and region.

Senior All-Americans Lacy Janson and Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) also made the list. Janson, who posted two automatic qualifying marks and set two facility records in both appearances this season, is the third best pole vaulter in the NCAA. Hughes, who is coming off a redshirt season, is seventh in the mile run.

Janson Nets First POW of Year…

Lacy Janson has started the season as per usual – win event with automatic qualifying mark, break indoor facility record, earn league honors. On Monday, January 16, 2005, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the opening ACC Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week for the 2006 season and the 2003 indoor national pole vault champion beat out a competitive group on the women’s side for the honor. At the Florida Intercollegiates, the four-time All-American improved on her NCAA qualifying mark from the Clemson Opener to a new height of 13’11.25″ (4.25m), resetting the Stephen F. O’Connell Center indoor mark that she established during her title campaign (13’9.25″ on February 9, 2003). As of January 17, she was one of two automatic qualifiers in the ACC.

Consistent Curry Keeps Streak Alive…

Senior triple jumper Rafeeq Curry provisionally qualified for his seventh national championship, with an event-winning 51’00.25″ (15.55m) jump at the Florida Intercollegiates. Curry is the only Seminole on the men’s team roster to have made seven consecutive trips to nationals and the only one to earn All-American honors during each outing. He sits second in the conference and sixth nationally in the event despite being the third-best returning indoor triple jumper and best outdoor leaper on a collegiate roster this year, returning from 2005.

It’s Early In the Week, But Noles Slated For Big Meet…

The first test of the season should come on Saturday, January 21 at the 2006 Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The meet marks the first time in 19 years a collegiate-only indoor meet will be held in the state of New Mexico. The track at the convention center is only two years old but should get plenty of wear and tear with eight meets scheduled for the 2006 campaign. The competition looks familiar – BYU, the team that tied FSU for fourth place in the outdoor championships, as well as LSU, who finished just one spot ahead of Seminoles at nationals in June, are on the schedule for this weekend. FSU is the top ranked men’s program entered in the competition and boasts two competitors ranked number one in the power rankings and one ranked number one in the nation.

Spotlight On Sprinting Coach…

Despite the elite men’s sprinters taking the weekend off, sprints and relays coach Ken Harnden was inducted into the Track and Field Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 14, 2006 by his alma mater and fellow ACC school, North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Harnden, the 2005 NCAA National Assistant Sprint Coach of the Year, was a two-time NCAA champion, first as a member of the 1995 indoor 4x400m relay team and then as the top 400m hurdler during the 1995 outdoor season. The two-time Olympian remains the only UNC runner to break 50 seconds in the 400m-hurdles. At FSU, Harnden coached 2005 NCAA National Champion Walter Dix in just his second season as a full-time coach. In just three years, Harnden has coached seven sprinters to 16 All-American honors.

Richemond On A Roll In Collegiate Opener…

Newcomer Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern), known as KayKay, got a quick start to her college career, running a speedy 57.30 in the 400m dash at the Florida Intercollegiates. The time was good enough to give her the third fastest-time in the conference behind junior All-America Ashlee Kidd and Maryland’s Renee Clarke.

Griffin Has Career Long Jump Outing in Gainesville…

Florida native Johnta Griffin is very familiar with the track at the University of Florida. His expertise of the runway and pit in the long jump at the Stephen F. O’Connoll Center track proved fruitful as he provisionally qualified for his first indoor national championship. The 2005 indoor All-ACC honoree leaped 24’9.25″ (7.55m), a mark that leads the conference and is sixth in the nation. He was also ranked eighth in the power rankings, released on Monday, January 15.

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