May 12, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – Two nights of rain and lightning plagued the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. for the Seminoles. All of the sprint events and a few distance races were moved from Friday to Saturday, but were once again pushed back due to inclement weather.
On the bright side, two of Florida State’s finest posted personal bests in the 200 and 400 meters. Walter Dix came back from a two hour lightning delay to run a 20.13 in the 200m to break the George C. Griffin Track record. The junior from Coral Springs, Fla. is now the fastest 200-meter runner in the nation as well as the third fastest in the world.
In the 400m junior Ricardo Chambers blew away the competition with his national-leading 44.62, a personal best and new Florida State school record. Chambers moves to the fourth position in the world.
“It was a big day in the men’s sprints,” head coach Bob Braman said. “To see Walter Dix come off a two hour rain delay and still run the fastest time in the nation is huge. It’s also nice to see Ricardo Chambers running in top shape again.”
A group of Seminoles were able to take care of business this weekend and earned regional qualifying marks.
In the 1,500 meters, sophomore Susan Kuijken punched her ticket to regionals after running 4:22.76 and seniors Tom Lancashire and Andrew Lemoncello will also advance with their clocks of 3:43.39 and 3:47.07, respectively.
Senior Sarah Reed and junior Matt Wernke regionally qualified in the hammer throw on Friday. Reed’s throw of 179’1″ is a personal best for the Punta Gorda, FLa. Wernke threw 183’3″ to finish fourth overall.
“We had some really good things happen this weekend despite the weather,” Braman said. “I am really pleased with the way the athletes handled all the disruptions. We just need to maintain the focus we had this weekend so we’ll be ready for regionals in two weeks.”
Final results from the Georgia Tech Invitational will be posted on RamblinWreck.com later this evening. The Seminoles travel to Gainesville, Fla. for the NCAA East Regional meet on May 25 and 26.