Dec. 3, 2004
Clemson, S.C. – In a building where the Seminoles own six indoor records, the Florida State men’s and women’s track and field team returned to Clemson to open the 2004-05 season and close the fall semester on a positive note. FSU was successful picking up an event win and the first provisional qualifying mark of the season from redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, FL/Tampa Baptist Academy) and 800m victories by senior Sydney Mondragon (Pueblo, CO/South) and sophomore Tommy Noyes (Canton, Ohio/Hoover).
Johnson’s mark of 61’10.5″ (18.86m), two feet shy of the FSU indoor school record he owns, was the product of an intense offseason which was extended due to an injury at the beginning of the 2003 season. The throw was the first provisional qualifying mark of the season for Florida State and the second time a Seminole qualified for nationals at the Clemson Opener. Former Seminole Vicky Gill set an indoor record in 2003 and was the first in the nation to ensure a position at last season’s national meet, less than a week after earning her final cross country All-America honor.
Mondragon, who’s success at Clemson goes back to last season when she ran a leg of the conference winning distance medley relay team that set the Clemson indoor record, completed the 800m run in 2:21.00, good for first place and the first event win of the season for the women. Noyes also picked up the first win of the indoor campaign, finishing the 800m run in 1:53.69. Sophomore India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity) joined Mondragon in the top three, crossing the line in the 800m run in 2:25.47 for third place.
Senior Olympian Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad/Polytechnic) finished third in the 200m dash in 25.20. Sophomore Charlene Walker (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) bested her indoor long jump personal best mark with a new distance of 19’1.25″ (5.38m) and fifth place. Senior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, FL/Florida A&M) finished in 11th place in the long jump with a mark of 17’8″ (5.38m) following a seventh place, 39’0.5″ (11.90m) distance in the triple jump. Freshman Audrey Hand (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam) completed her first intercollegiate track event – the mile run – in 5:14.06, good for second place.
Redshirt sophomore Kenny Jesensky (Orlando, FL/Coastal Carolina) was second in the mile run by less than one second in a time of 4:20.46.
Junior John Fallone (Rochester, NY/Virginia Tech) took seventh in the shot put with a mark of 53’11.75″ (16.45m). Redshirt junior Andrew Diakos and redshirt freshman Travis Dane, both from Naples, FL and Barron Collier High School, opened the season with marks of 56’11.50″ (17.36m) and 48’6.75″ (14.80m), respectively. Diakos was third while Dane finished seventh.
Sophomore Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, FL/Mandarin) finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 43’2.25″ (13.24m), one spot ahead of junior Sarah Reed (Punta Gorda, FL/Illinois), who took sixth with a personal best throw of 42’11.75 (13.10m). Reed also participated in the weight throw, tossing for a mark of 49’1.5″ (14.97m).
Other finishes: Sophomore Devon Rich (Seminole, FL/USF) made her Seminole debut with a 7.93 in the 60m dash. Freshman Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, FL/Hillsborough) finished the 200m dash in 14th place in 27.04. Freshman pole vaulter Leilana Caraballo (Miami, FL/Lourdes Academy) recorded a height of 10’6″ (3.20m) while sophomore Jessica Rushing (Jacksonville, FL/Bishop Kenny) posted a no height. Junior Marla Jackson (Jacksonville, FL/Stanton Prep) no heighted in the women’s high jump. Freshman Matt Frith (Jacksonville, FL/Bolles) finished in sixth place in the pole vault with a height of 14’7.25″ (4.45m) and completed the 60m dash in 7.48.