March 21, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team hosts the FSU Relays, the biggest home meet of the 2006 outdoor season, from Wednesday, March 22 to Saturday, March 25, 2006. It is the second of four home meets taking place at Mike Long Track and Field Complex and will feature some of the top teams in the country in Florida and Virginia Tech as well as over 40 high schools across the state.
FSU Relays Notes
Live Interview With NCAA National Champion Available Through Trackshark Website… Florida State sophomore All-American Walter Dix will be the first interview available through Trackshark’s newest feature – internet podcasts. The interview between the two-time national champion and Tom Borish, webmaster and managing editor for the country’s top and most comprehensive college track and field website, is available for download or as a stream through the internet as of March 21, 2006. The interviews will take place on a weekly basis via the website that averages 1.5 million hits per month.
Janson On Tap For Outdoor… With her final season of outdoor competition ahead of her, redshirt senior and 2006 NCAA runner-up Lacy Janson is at the top of the group of pole vaulters expected to clear the bar in the event this weekend. Janson, who earned All-American honors with a second-place finish at nationals two weekends ago, will look to meet the NCAA East Regional qualifying standard of 12’5.5″ (3.80m).
Johnson Right Where He Left Off… Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson opened up the outdoor season, the same way he closed the indoor season – holding the top mark in the nation in the shot put. The 2006 NCAA Indoor National Champion threw 67’3.5″ (20.51m) at the Snowbird Invitational, the first meet on FSU’s outdoor schedule. The mark was far enough to earn a spot at the NCAA East Region Championships, break the FSU school record and lead the nation in the event to start his final season in Tallahassee.
Hurdler Opens Season On Fast Track… Senior LaKendra McColumn did not hesitate to put her name on the list of NCAA East Regional qualifiers, securing a spot in the 400m hurdles with her time of 1:00.16 at the Snowbird Invitational. McColumn, who has run in three regional meets over the course of her career, is the first hurdler in the conference and the region to meet the standard and one of three overall Seminoles (Andrew Diakos, Garrett Johnson) already slated to compete in North Carolina the last weekend in May.
Dix Debut Scheduled This Weekend… 2006 NCAA Indoor National Champion Walter Dix is not wasting any time or training. Fresh off the second national title of his career, the top 200m runner in the nation will open up at the FSU Relays this weekend. To put some perspective on his training schedule from last year, Dix did not run until the Yellow Jacket Invitational (April 3, 2005) but posted the second fastest 100m time in FSU school history, running a wind-aided 10.13.
NCAA Steeple Runner Parker Leading Distance Way This Weekend… Rated the top 1500m and 3000m steeplechaser in the meet this weekend, senior Barbara Parker starts her journey back to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Sacramento, Calif. She will compete in the 1500m
Hammer Throw Already Proving Competitive In Conference… Three Atlantic Coast Conference hammer throwers have already met the NCAA East Region mark. Florida State redshirt senior Andrew Diakos is one of the trio of student-athletes from the league who bettered the 182’5″ (55.60m) regional standard. In the first meet of the 2006 campaign, Diakos more than assured his coaches that he would be at the NCAA East Region Meet, tossing 193’8″ (59.02m) in winning the event at the meet.