January 28, 2005 - by
Three Take Home Titles on First Day of Wildcat Invitational

Jan. 28, 2005

Lexington, Ky.
– The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads finished the first day of competition at the Wildcat Invitational in Lexington, Ky., and the first half of the 2005 Clemson Pentathlon/Heptathlon Championships.

Junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) won her second triple jump title of the season with her 40’10.50″ (12.46m) mark at the meet. LeGree’s first victory of the season came at the Florida Intercollegiate, where she provisionally qualified with a jump of 41’8″ (12.70m).

Newcomer Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) won the triple jump on the men’s side, jumping 49’9.25″ (15.17m) for his first victory as a Seminole. All-American Willie Johnson (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) took second place with a mark of 48’7.5″ (14.82m). Sophomore Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) won the pole vault event with a mark of 15’7″ (4.75m).

Junior Sarah Reed (Port Charlotte, Fla./Illinois) finished in fifth place in the weight throw with a season-best mark of 54’6.75″ (16.63m). Junior Shawn Allen (Crystal River, Fla./Seven Rivers Christian) posted a mark of 6’2.75″ (1.90m) in the high jump while teammate Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron-Collier) tossed 58’3.75″ (17.77m) to round out the top three finishers in the weight throw.

At the Clemson Multi-Meet, junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga/Alan C. Pope) finished in second place with 3,560 points. Freshman Heather Leblanc (Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee) took sixth place with 3,025 points.

The Seminoles continue action at the Wildcat Invitational, tomorrow with a 10:30 a.m. women’s high jump start. In Clemson, the second day of the multi’s meet continues with the final three events of the heptathlon. Competing unattached, Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) is in seventh place after four events with 2,694 points.

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