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Ten FSU Student-Athletes Selected To All-ACC Track and Field Academic Team

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 
Name, School Class Major
Jenny Barton, Clemson Sr. Biological Sciences
Kandia Batchelor, Florida State Jr. Business Management
Jennifer Boyd, NC State So. Biomedical Engineering
Kristen Callan, Virginia Tech Jr. History
Tabia Charles, Miami Jr. Psychology
Caitlin Chrisman, Wake Forest So. Sociology
Brandy Depland, Georgia Tech Sr. Management
Brenda Faluade, Miami Jr. Exercise Physiology
Sheena Gordon, North Carolina Sr. Exercise Science
Sherlenia Green, Virginia Tech Jr. Sociology
Lynn Hernandez, Maryland Sr. Criminal Justice
Jemissa Hess, NC State Jr. Arts Applications
Kasey Hill, Boston College Jr. Marketing
Randi Hinton, Clemson Sr. Language & Int’l Trade
Clara Horowitz, Duke Sr. Visual Arts
Lacy Janson, Florida State Sr. Dietetics
Laurel Jefferson, Maryland Jr. English
Rhian Jenks, North Carolina Jr. Communications
Bria Johnson, Maryland Sr. Hearing & Speech Science
Lara Jones, Duke So. Economics
Ashlee Kidd, Georgia Tech Jr. Management
Georgia Kloss, North Carolina Jr. Fine Arts
Nisha Kurian, Georgia Tech So. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Sigrid Guni Kreb, Virginia Tech Sr. Masters Health & PE
Alexis Lake, Boston College Sr. Philosophy
LaToya Legree, Florida State Sr. Sport Management
Erin Mahony, Virginia Tech Jr. Industrial & Systems Engineering
Sally Meyerhoff, Duke Sr. History
Lindsay Neuberger, Wake Forest Sr. Communications
Natasha Roetter, Duke Sr. Political Science
Megan Schuelke, Virginia Jr. Commerce
Danielle Siebert, Maryland Sr. Art Studio & Education
Jennifer Sims, Georgia Tech Jr. Management
Michelle Sikes, Wake Forest Jr. Mathematical Economics
Laura Stanley, Duke Sr. Psychology
Saskia Triesscheijn, Virginia Tech Sr. Biological Sciences
Debra Vento, Duke Jr. Psychology
Jennifer Wade, Virginia Tech Jr. Accounting & Info Systems
Virginia Wheeler, NC State Sr. Materials Sci./Engineering
Lydia Willemse, Florida State So. Engineering


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