June 11, 2005 - by
Florida State Finishes Fourth In the Nation at Track Nationals

Sacramento, Calif. – The Florida State track and field men’s team tied their best finish in school history, taking fourth behind perennial champions Arkansas and Florida, at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. FSU outscored last season’s point total, accumulating points. The Seminoles concluded the four day championship with one national champion in freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) and seven All-American nods (six Tribe members).

The team finished with 34 points and tied with BYU for fourth place. The Seminoles stayed in the top five throughout the final day of the meet. Half of the team points came from Rookie Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) who attributed 17 points to the team finish, taking fourth in his final race of the day, the 200m dash. He was picked to take fourth place, contributing five points to the team score.

Arkansas won their third title in a row with 60 points while Florida was second with 49. Texas won the women’s team title with 55 points while South Carlina and UCLA finished in a tie for second with 48 points.

Junior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) earned his sixth All-American honor in as many tries, recording a jump of 53’9.75″ (16.41m) for five points. Curry was the top finisher in the conference and region and held true to his ranking with his finish. He rounded out the team score at 34 points for the meet.

“As far as All-American status, it makes me feel good,” said Curry, while waiting for the award presentation. “Not everybody can get six of them so I just feel blessed to have this and look forward to the future. I just hope for the best and want to try and stay healthy.

“When I first came to Florida State, the coaches told me they were going to be building a team and I went with that. They measured up to what they said, they were trying to build a team and they have done just that. The way we look now, by next year, we should be up there on that podium in the number one spot.”

Freshman two-time All-America Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) ran the fourth fastest 400m time in the final, earning his second All-America honor in 45.03. The ACC and NCAA East Region Champion earned his second honor with a time of 45.03 and was the lone rookie in a group of eight that consisted of four seniors and two juniors. The five points moved FSU into a tie for second place with rival Florida.

Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) shattered his previous personal best and FSU school mark with a time of 3:38.92, almost three seconds of the record. He earned his second All-America honor of the year with an eighth place finish. With his points, the squad moved into a tie for fifth place with 24 points.

Junior Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) wrapped up her junior campaign with a 4,995 point performance for 25th place. She jumped 16’10.75″ (5.14m) in the long jump and threw 100’1″ (30.51m) in the javelin. She ended the day with a 2:34.4 in the 800m.

The attendance for the day was 10,200.

National Champions
Walter Dix – 100m

Ricardo Chambers (400m, fourth place)
Rafeeq Curry (Triple jump, fourth place)
Walter Dix (100m, first place; 200m – fourth place, 4x100m, seventh place))
Tom Lancashire (1500m, eighth place)
Andrew Lemoncello (3000m steeplechase, fourth place)
Dorian Scott (Shot put, eighth place)

Derrick Baker (4x100m, seventh place)

Kenny O’Neal (4x100m, seventh place)

Rhoan Sterling (4x100m, seventh place)


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