May 12, 2006
Atlanta, Ga. – After day one of the final regular season meet of the season, the Florida State No. 1/1 men’s and No. 14/14 women’s squads had three regional qualifiers and six, top four event finishes at the Reebok Invitational at George C. Griffin Track and Field Facility on Friday, May 12, 2006.
Rookie pole vaulter Tori Allen (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) tied her season high and met the regional qualifying standard for the second time this year in vaulting 12’5.5″ (3.80m) and taking second place in the event. Allen cleared 12-feet for the second time this year including her point-scoring performance at Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Fellow rookie Brittany Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) hit 11’5.75″ (3.50m) for the third consecutive meet. She is a quarter of an inch short of her personal best and finishes the season less than a half a meter from the regional qualifying mark. The youngest of the pole vault trio of sisters, Janson ends the season in seventh place on the FSU all-time top performers list.
Redshirt junior Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla./USF) came within eight-hundredths of a second of the NCAA East Region standard of 9:07.00, running 9:07.08 in taking second in the 3000m steeplechase. Over the course of the year, he shaved over five seconds off of his season-opening, personal best time of 9:12.42.
Senior Sarah Reed (Punta Gorda, Fla./Illinois) is making the most of her final stretch of competition, throwing her third regional qualifying mark of the year in the shot put in today’s meet. She hit the sand at 49’5.75″ (15.08m) to take fourth place.
Sophomore Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va./Christiansburg) ran the fastest 5000m time of the season, finishing third in 17:12.64.
Redshirt junior John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) threw a season-best 56’10.75″ (17.34m) in taking fourth place in the shot put.
Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) ended the regular track season with a third place finish in the 1500m and a season-best time of 3:48.42.
The second day of competition begins tomorrow with the men’s hammer throw at 9:00 am. The running events start at 3:00 pm with the 110m hurdles.