Feb. 28, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – With the overlap of indoor and outdoor season beginning this week (February 28), some of the Florida State track and field program is gearing up for the indoor championships and setting up for the first home meet of the season. On tap for this week are two last chance meets (Iowa State and Florida Fast Times) and the first of four home events this year, the Snowbird Invitational.
Fresh off their fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Title, the men’s team is rated fourth in the Trackwire 25 and the USTFCCCA polls. The men own sole possession of fourth, moving ahead of Wisconsin, who the have been tied with for the last two polls. In the coaches’ poll, the men sit behind Arkansas and Texas who are tied for first and No. 3 LSU.
The women’s team, who finished in third place at the league championships, is tied for 25th with Iowa and fellow conference schools Virginia Tech and Maryland
ACC Meet Notes
Ten individuals won individual ACC Championships titles this weekend. Of that group, six successfully defended previous league event wins… Two men’s meet records were broken at the ACC Championships, both by Florida State student-athletes… Sophomore All-American Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) ran the fastest time ever at an ACC track meet (45.93) breaking the original record set in 1992 by North Carolina’s Reggie Harris (45.94). The time is the fourth fastest indoor time in the world this year… Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) shattered the shot put mark with his nation-leading throw of 66’2.25″ (20.17m) to win his second ACC indoor shot put crown. Johnson bettered opponent UNC Vikas Gowda’s 2005 mark of 64’3.75″ (19.60m) and moved into the top spot in the country in his event… Redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) reset the ACC meet record one more time before she left, winning her fourth crown in as many attempts with a new ACC standard of 14’1.75″ (4.31m)… The women’s distance medley relay had the most measurable success, despite a little drama surrounding the lap count. Comprised on the legs of redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Palisade, Colo./Grand Junction), freshman Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern), junior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) and freshman Susan Kuijken (Nijmejor, Netherlands/Steoelijk Gymnasium), the women’s distance medley relay ran a provisional time of 11:16.82 in the race, better than the 2004 group, of which Hughes was a member of, that posted an ACC-best mark of 11:32.39, a differential of almost 16 seconds. It marks the second time in three years the Seminoles have won the DMR crown.
According to the February 28 edition of the Dandy Dozen, the individual subjective ratings for college track and field, the Seminoles have two women and six men among the top 12 in each event. Senior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) and redshirt junior Rhodes Scholar Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) own the top rating in the nation in the triple jump and the shot put, respectively. Four-time ACC pole vault champion Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) is second in nation while sophomore two-time All-American Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) is second in the 400m, after an impressive run in taking the 400m title in the fourth fastest indoor time this year at 45.93.
Junior Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) sits in seventh place after winning the 60m ACC crown while redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) and junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) are in tenth place in the mile run while true senior Johnta Griffin (Orlando, Fla./Florida A&M) is rated tenth in the long jump.
Men’s Team (8)
Greg Bolden, Florida State – 60m
Ricardo Chambers, Florida State – 400m, 200m
Rafeeq Curry, Florida State – Triple Jump, Long Jump
Johnta Griffin, Florida State – Long Jump
Garrett Johnson, Florida State – Shot Put
Andrew Lemoncello, Florida State – 3K, 5K
Tom Lancashire, Florida State – Mile Run
Tommy Noyes, Florida State – 800m
Natalie Hughes, Florida State – Mile Run, DMR
Lacy Janson, Florida State – Pole Vault
Susan Kuijken, Florida State – 3K, DMR
Barbara Parker, Florida State – DMR
Hshkeni Richemond, Florida State – DMR
Greg Bolden, 60m
Ricardo Chambers, 400m
Rafeeq Curry, Long jump
Andrew Diakos, Weight throw
Walter Dix, 200m
Johnta Griffin, Long jump
Natalie Hughes, Mile run and 3000m
Susan Kuijken, 3000m
Tom Lancashire, Mile run
LaToya Legree, Triple jump
Andrew Lemoncello, 5000m
Evelyne-Cynthia Niako, 200m
Alyce Williams, Triple jump
Distance Medley Relay (W)
4x400m Relay (M)