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Two Post Regional Qualifying Marks to Close Snowbird Invitational

March 5, 2005

Complete Results

Tallahassee, Fla. – Two Florida State track and field team members opened the 2005 campaign on a great note – securing berths to the 2005 NCAA East Regional Championships. Andrew Diakos and Kimberly Walker posted regional qualifying marks in the hammer and 100m dash.

Junior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron-Collier) became the first Seminole on the men’s team this season to qualify for NCAA East Regionals with an event-winning mark of 185’7″ (56.58m) in the shot put. He is second all-time in the shot put.

Senior Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad/Polytechnic) is the first Seminole on the women’s team to earn a berth to the NCAA East Region meet, running an 11.75 to win the 100m dash.

Junior Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) won the 200m dash in a time of 24.28. Classmate Marla Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) was fifth with in the event with a mark of 25.11. Jackson also took second place in the high jump with a height of 5’4.25″ (1.63m).

Sophomore Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) won the shot put invite section, tossing for 47’6.5″ (14.49m). Freshman Leilani Caraballo (Miami, Fla./Lourdes Academy) won her first pole vault competition, vaulting to a height of 10’11.75″ (3.35m).

Junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Alan C. Pope) was the first collegian in the 100m hurdles, recording a mark of 14.36 for second place overall. Lane tied for fifth place in the high jump with a mark of 5’0.25″ (1.53m).

The women’s 400m relay won the event in 46.75, behind Niako, Walker, junior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) and Quiana Holsey (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville).

The women’s 4x400m relay time, comprised of Niako, freshman Devon Rich (Seminole, Fla./Seminole), Walker and junior Kimberly Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain), ran a time of 3:51.71, good for second place.

Junior Ricky Argro’s (Orlando, Fla./Lyman) mark of 10.73 was fast enough to win the 100m dash. Newcomer Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabeen Sports) took third in 48.64.

Florida State returns to competition next weekend at the FAMU Relays March 11 -12, 2005.

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