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Florida State Men’s Track And Field Win Fifth Straight ACC Title

Feb. 24, 2007

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ACC Championship Information

Clemson, S.C. – Another successful ACC Championship for the Seminoles as the men defend their conference title with 128 points and the women place fourth with 65.5 points. Florida State garnered — ACC champions and broke two facility records at Clemson University.

Men’s and Women’s One Mile Run Finals

Senior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England) pulled ahead of Wake Forest’s Brad Wharton in the final stretch to defend his ACC title for the third year straight in the men’s mile run. Lancashire’s time of 4:03.44 set a new Clemson Indoor Facility record and earned 10 teams points for Florida State. Also scoring 6 points for the Seminoles was junior Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) who ran 4:05.67 to finish third. The men’s mile run was the first running event of the day and jumped Florida State from fifth to second overall, just one point behind meet host Clemson.

Junior Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, VA) was flying solo for the Seminoles in the women’s mile run finals and finished sixth in 5:12.47 to earn three points for the women.

Men’s and Women’s Shot Put Finals

Senior John Fallone (Rochester, NY) threw a season best 58’3.25″ to take third, his highest conference championship finish, in the men’s shot put finals. Fallone’s throw added six points for FSU and moved the Seminoles into a two-way tie for first with NC State.

On the women’s side, freshman Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, PA) also threw a season best 49’5″ to place fifth and earn four team points.

Men’s and Women’s 60m Hurdle Finals

Junior Drew Brunson (Snellville, GA) provisionally qualified as he ran 7.88 in the finals of the men’s 60m hurdles. Brunson’s third place finish posted six team points for the men.

For the women, senior Kamilah Salaam (Wilmington, DE) ran 8.60 for seventh place and earned two team points.

Men’s and Women’s 400m Dash Finals

Junior Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach County, FL) broke the Clemson Indoor Facility record with his championship time of 47.15 which earned the men 10 team points. Junior Hubert Mitchell (West Palm Beach, FL) scored five points and sophomore Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica) scored four points with their times of 48.49 and 49.00, respectively.

Senior Dana Massiah (Trinidad and Tobago) competed for the women in the 400m finals and her time of 54.95 was just .003 faster than Miami’s Krista Simkins and moved her into fourth place, earning five team points.

Men’s and Women’s 60m Dash Finals

The men’s 60m finals was split into two sections with Florida State’s Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland) and Clemson’s Corey Brown competing head-to-head after they ran identical times in the prelims on Friday. When the finals were over, Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ) finished second while Greg Bolden (Morrow, GA) placed third both in 6.68. Rounding out the scoring for the Seminoles was Walter Dix (Coral Springs, FL) in 6.70 for fifth.

Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, FL) was the only Seminole to compete on the women’s side and her 7.59 time was good for seventh place and two team points.

Women’s 800m Finals

Senior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England) ran a collegiate best 2:09.65 for fourth and earned five team points for the women.

Men’s and Women’s 200m Finals

Walter Dix and Michael Ray Garvin were once again the dynamic duo in the 200 meters as they posted the top two times in the finals. Dix’s time of 21.12 set a facility record and Garvin’s 21.37 clock is his fastest this season. Freshman Pat Robinson (Miami, FL) ran 22.16 good for seventh and Greg Bolden rounded off the scoring in eighth. The men earned a combined 21 points for Florida State.

Dana Massiah ran 24.79 in the women’s 200m finals to place eighth and adds a team point for FSU.

Men’s Pole Vault Finals

Seniors Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, FL) and Charlie Cotton (Gainesville, FL) each scored points in the pole vault finals. Hurley and Cotton each cleared the height of 16’1.75″ for sixth and seventh, respectively.

Men’s and Women’s 3,000m Finals

Defending his ACC title in the 3,000m was senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrew’s Scotland) who posted a 8:16.89 clock and earned 10 team points. Sophomore Javier Cruz (Miami, FL) also finished the race in 8:53.26 to place 32nd.

For the women, junior Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario, Canada) ran a personal best 9:40.97 to place sixth. Also scoring for Florida State was junior Debbie Huss (Wyomissing, PA) in 9:45.00 in seventh place.

Women’s Triple Jump Finals

Florida State had two scorers in the triple jump, senior Alyce Williams and freshman Tiara Swanagan (Orange Park, FL). Williams’ jump of 43’8″ was good for the silver and was a season best. Swanagan jumped 39’8.75″ to place seventh overall.

Men’s and Women’s 4x400m Relay Finals

A race which started out strong for the men of Florida State quickly went sour when a bump in the third leg of the relay caused sophomore Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, FL) to drop the baton and lose the lead that sophomores Willie Gaines (West Palm Beach, FL) and Tywayne Buchanan fought hard to maintain. Freshman Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, VA) ran the anchor leg and finished the Seminoles with a time of 3:25.89.

The women had a much better outcome as the 4x400m relay took home the gold with their time of 3:41.55. Running the relay was sophomore KayKay Richemond (Suffern, NY), senior Dana Massiah, junior Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, FL) and the anchor was senior Alyce Williams. The mile relay was the only individual championship for the women this year.

Men’s Final Team Rankings

1. Florida State – 128

2. Clemson – 106.50
3. NC State – 70
4. Georgia Tech – 63
5. North Carolina – 56
6. Virginia Tech – 50.50
7. Virginia – 49
8. Wake Forest – 47
9. Maryland – 37
10. Miami – 29
11. Duke – 19
12. Boston College – 8

Women’s Final Team Rankings

1. Virginia Tech – 136
2. Miami – 99
3. North Carolina – 75.5
4. Florida State – 65.5
5. Clemson – 59.33
6. Duke – 56.50
7. Georgia Tech – 49
8. Virginia – 34
9. Boston College – 32.50
10. Wake Forest – 20
11. NC State – 19.66
12. Maryland – 16

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