March 8, 2007
Fayetteville, Ark. – The Seminoles make their second trip to the Randal Tyson Track and Field Center in Fayetteville, Ark. this season, but this time the men are there to fight for their first NCAA Indoor Championship title.
The men’s team enters the championship on the heels of two successful meets, the ACC Championship and the Iowa State Last Chance meet. The Seminoles defended their indoor conference title for the fifth consecutive year while the women’s team finished strong in fourth overall.
At Iowa State, freshman Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, VA/Bayside) punched his ticket after running 20.92 in the 200m dash. Senior Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/St. Joseph Lycee) earned a spot in the 60m and sophomore Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) will pull double-duty in the 60m and 200m.
For the men, ten Seminoles, including Clark, Garvin and Nabe, head to Arkansas. Juniors Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach County, FL/Dwyer) and Walter Dix (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Spring) make their third consecutive appearances at the national meet. Chambers will compete in the 400m as well as run the third leg of the 4x400m relay with teammates Clark, Hubert Mitchell (West Palm Beach, FL/Palm Beach Lakes), and Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmer’s Boys’ School). Dix will double-up in the 60m and 200m dashes along with Garvin.
Rounding out the travel roster for the men are senior distance runners Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) in the 3,000m and Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrew’s, Scotland/Stirling) in the 5,000m. This is the third trip to indoor nationals for Lancashire and the first for Lemoncello.
The women’s squad sends two seniors to the indoor championship, Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) and Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, FL/George Mason) Parker will compete in the mile run while Williams looks to take the gold in the triple jump.
Florida State’s men are ranked No. 2 on both the TrackWire 25 and the USTFCCCA polls. TrackWire predicts the Seminoles will score 43 team points, just three behind projected champion Wisconsin.
“The men are in a good position to win this thing,” head Coach Bob Braman said. “We just have to focus and go in there and do the absolute best we can to put the points on the board.”
The NCAA Indoor Championships begin Friday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. EST with the men’s heptathlon 60m dash. The event will be broadcast on Tuesday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2. For complete championship information, log onto LadyBacks.com.