July 7, 2006
Greensboro, N.C. – The Florida State track and field team is not only a power on the track but in the classroom. The national champion men’s team shared the league lead with six selections while the women had four names on the 2006 All Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team, announced today, Friday, July 7, 2006 by the conference office.
Four of the ten Seminole selections are ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans (first-team). Two national champions, four All-Americans, five conference champions, two league runner-ups and eight All-ACC team members highlight the group representing Florida State. All ten honorees were NCAA East Region qualifiers while six made the national travel roster.
Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) led the way with his Rhodes Scholar selection in November of 2005 and his two national championship performances. In addition to taking home gold in the shot put at the indoor and outdoor championships, Johnson earned his third All-American honor of the 2006 season with a fifth-place performance in the discus. The three-time NCAA East Region Champion and four-time conference champion broke the ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships records and the regional meet best during the 2006 campaign. The CoSIDA University Division Player of the Year was selected to his second ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American team and was named USTFCCCA Co-Field National Athlete of the Year. Coca Cola and NACDA honored him as one of seven recipients of the community service All-American awards.
Redshirt senior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) was the Seminoles top hammer thrower. The sport management major threw a season-best 199’4″ (60.75m) at the Texas Relays and finished in the Top 20 at NCAA East Region Championships. He ended his career as one of the top six hammer throwers and top ten discus throwers in the ACC this year.
Redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) is just beginning what should be a great career in Garnet and Gold. Two weeks after earning an academic All-American honor, the two-event regional qualifier was awarded a second educational honor with his selection to the inaugural league academic team. The All-ACC honoree in the 400m hurdles earned an at-large berth to nationals after a silver medal performance at the league championships and ninth place finish at regionals.
Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) had an All-American season in and out of the classroom. On the track, he recorded the fastest 800m time of the year and earned his fourth All-America honor with his team-title clinching, 1500m silver medal performance. The two-time ACC Performer of the Year won two league titles in 2006 and has seven overall (five individual and two relays).
Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) was one of the top distance runners in the country and one of the best student-athletes in the classroom. The ACC and NCAA East Region 3000m steeplechase champion was ranked as high as second in the nation in the steeple, fifth among all 10K runners and 12th in the 5000m. At the league championships, the two-time All-American shattered a 24-year old conference record in winning his eighth ACC crown in two years. The top Seminole distance runner on the squad was nationally ranked and regionally qualified in three events and holds five school records (Cross country 8K, indoor 5000m, 3000m steeplechase, outdoor 5000m and 10,000m).
Redshirt sophomore Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) rounded out the list of men’s selections. A junior math education major with a 3.385 GPA for the semester and 3.065 overall regionally qualified in his second season of athletic competition. The All-ACC honoree was the third fastest 800m runner in the league and eighth in the region. He finished 13th in the preliminary race at the NCAA East Region Championships.
National champion Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) leads the women’s team nominations. The fifth-year dietetics major posted a GPA of 3.68 during the academic year in addition to her All-American performance on the track. During the course of the 2006 season, the eight-time ACC Champion won the NCAA Outdoor title, finished in second place at indoor nationals and became the second woman in college history to clear 15-feet in the pole vault. She extended her undefeated string of conference titles and broke the NCAA collegiate record in winning her eighth and final league pole vault championship.
Senior triple jumper LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) had the seventh farthest triple jump in the country, fifth in the region and third in the conference. Competing in a league with three of the top 12 jumpers in the nation, the senior captain more than held her own, scoring points towards the team’s second-place ACC finish. Third on FSU’s all-time triple jump performers list, LeGree finished just outside the top 15 competitors in the event at the NCAA East Region. The senior sport management boasts a semester GPA of 3.813.
Sophomore Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) was a regional qualifier in the open 400m and as a leg of the 4x400m relay. She earned All-ACC honors after running the third segment of the conference champion 4x400m relay. The quartet cracked FSU’s all-time top 1600m relay list twice during the season, ending the year with the seventh fastest relay in program history. Batchelor was the second fastest 400m runner on the roster, running a lifetime-best 54.24. The business management major holds a 3.567 GPA.
Freshman ACC Rookie of the Year Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario/St. Christopher) earned her accolade as a runner-up in the 3000m steeplechase at the conference meet. She earned All-ACC honors in addition to posting an NCAA East regional mark in her first season at FSU. Willemse was the fourth fastest freshman steepler in the country, 12th overall in the region and top 30 in the nation. She is the third fastest steeple runner in FSU program history.
It is the first academic team in ACC history. The teams consist of 42 men and 41 women of which FSU has the third most representatives combined (10) behind Virginia Tech (13) and Duke (11). To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic year. The overall team consisted of 23 ACC champions, 19 All-Americans, six individual national champions and one Rhodes Scholar.2006 All-ACC Academic Track & Field Team Men’s Track & Field Team Name, School Class Major Daniel Alge, Clemson Sr. Bio Systems Engineering David Atkiss, Virginia Tech Sr. Masters of Business, ADM Adam Bingaman, Virginia Tech Jr. Electrical Engineering Louis Canelli, Boston College Jr. English Ian Cassidy, Duke So. Civil Engineering Robert Clauss, Virginia Tech So. Mechanical Engineering John Crews, NC State So. Mechanical Engineering Matthew DellaVolpe, Duke So Economics Andrew Diakos, Florida State Sr. Sport Management Pablo Durana, North Carolina Sr. Communications Jonathan Fay, Duke Jr. Biology Stephen Furst, NC State So. Aerospace Engineering Javier Garcia-Tunon, Florida State So. Business Management Josh Hammel, Georgia Tech Jr. Biomedical Engineering John Henderson, NC State Sr. Mathematics Education Ryan Henry, Boston College So. General Management Stephen Hiltner, Virginia Jr. Chemistry-Biochemistry Garrett Johnson, Florida State Sr. Public Administration Andrew Kessler, Clemson Sr. Packaging & Science Brian Knapp, Clemson Sr. HR Development Christopher Kollar, NC State So. Biological Sciences Keith Krieger, Duke Jr. Economics Thomas Lancashire, Florida State Jr. Exercise Science Daniel Lafave, Boston College Jr. International Studies Andrew Lemoncello, Florida State Sr. Sport Management Eric Massey, Georgia Tech Sr. Electrical Engineering Tyler McCandless, Maryland So. Physical Sciences Brian Mondschein, Virginia Tech Sr. Mechanical Engineering Mateji Muza, Virginia Tech Fr. Geography Thomas Noyes, Florida State Jr. Math Education Matthew Owen, Wake Forest Jr. Political Science/History Andrew Parsons, Miami So. Architecture John Reaves, Maryland Jr. History & Journalism Devin Regan, Maryland Fr. General Business Ian Reynolds, North Carolina Jr. Political Science Charles Salmen, Duke Sr. English Joseph Samaniuk, Virginia Tech Jr. Chemical Engineering Jonathan Scheiner, Miami Jr. Finance Paul Specht, Georgia Tech Jr. Aerospace Engineering Sean Stevens, Wake Forest Sr. Analytical Finance Tibor Vegh, NC State So. Economics Stephen Walsh, Boston College Jr. Philosophy
Women’s Track & Field Team