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Florida State Track and Field Set To Compete at NCAA Regional

May 24, 2007

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Tallahassee, FL – Championship season is in full-swing as the Florida State track and field teams head to Gainesville, Fla., for the NCAA East Region Championships hosted by the University of Florida. This season, 25 men and 17 women from Florida State qualified for the meet which takes place May 25-26.

The top five finishers in each individual event and the top three relays in the 4x100m and 4x400m automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif., on June 6-9.

The men’s squad, ranked No. 1 in the nation in both the Trackwire Top 25 and USTFCCCA polls, looks to take its third consecutive East Region title this weekend. Last year, the men beat in-state rival Florida by 33 points Greensboro, N.C. There are 11 individuals returning from last year’s regional championship for the men as well as three freshmen making their debut: sprinter Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, VA), mid-distance runner Stephen Wilson (Brandon, FL) and Travis Whitfield (Jay, FL) in the hammer throw.

The women finished a program-best fifth last season and return eight individuals this year. The women also have three freshmen on the regional roster: triple jumper Tiara Swanagan (Orange Park, FL), shot putter Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, PA) and hurdler Valerie Flournoy (Gainesville, FL) will make their first NCAA East Region appearance in Gainesville, Fla.

NCAA East Region Notes

Men Win Third Consecutive ACC Title…
For the third year running, the men’s program dominated at the outdoor conference championship and took home the gold with 166.50 points over Clemson’s 118. The men also garnered five individual ACC champions and took the gold in the 4x100m relay. The women finished strong in third with 101 team points and had two individual champions as well as the 4x400m relay.

Seminoles Break ACC Records…
The Florida State track team broke two ACC meet records on both the men’s and women’s sides. Senior Barbara Parker’s championship time of 9:56.29 in the 3,000m steeplechase and the winning 4x400m relay time of 3:32.11 were added to the conference record books this season. For the men, junior Walter Dix finished the 200m dash in 20.19 to set the new meet record and was also a member of the 4x100m relay team that took the title and the record in 38.78.

Dix Named ACC Track Performer of the Year…
Junior Walter Dix was named the 2007 outdoor Atlantic Coast Conference Track Performer of the Year for his championship performances in the 200-meter dash and 4x100m relay. Dix ran 20.19 to win the title in the 200 and was the second leg of the ACC and Florida State record holding 4x100m that finished in 38.78, currently the fastest time in the nation.

FSU Men Make History at Penn Relays…
For the first time in Florida State program history, the men brought home a Championship of America title at the historic Penn Relays. The team of junior Walter Dix (200m), freshman Charles Clark (200m), junior Ricardo Chambers (400m), and senior Tom Lancashire (800m) won the sprint medley relay in 3:14.68 and became a part of Seminole history.

Penn Relays Take Two…
Just one night after winning the first championship, the men of Florida State did it again in the 4x200m relay at the Penn Relays. Senior Greg Bolden, Dix, Clark, Chambers added the second Championship of America title for the men’s program with their first-place time of 1:21.73.

Reed Moves to the Top…
Senior thrower Sarah Reed accomplished one of her goals at the ACC Championships, she moved to the No. 1 spot in FSU women’s history. Reed’s second place throw of 53’0″/16.15m in the shot put is the new school record for the women.

Three Best Marks for Men’s Team…
Entering the regional meet, the Seminole men top three events in the nation. Walter Dix is No. 1 in the 200m with his time of 20.13. In the 200m, Ricardo Chambers is holding on to the top spot after posting 44.62 at the last chance meet. The men’s 4x100m relay is also leading the nation. The team of Greg Bolden, Dix, Michael Ray Garvin, and Charles Clark ran 38.78 at the ACC Championships to claim the No. 1 position.

Brains and Speed…
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education awarded four Seminole track and field athletes with the 2007 Arthur Ashe Junior Sport Scholar award. Sophomore Javier Garcia-Tunon earned first-team honors, junior Naikeya Heath made the second-team, and juniors Hubert Mitchell and Kandia Batchelor were each named to the third-team. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.

Last Chance Meet Highlights…
The Georgia Tech Invitational was a less than ideal last chance meet due to inclement weather and lightning delays. A handful of Seminoles were able to grab regional marks despite the conditions. Walter Dix did more than qualify, he ran the fastest 200m time in the nation and bettered his personal best by five one-hundredths with a 20.13 clock. Ricardo Chambers also ran a new best time of 44.62 in the 400m to maintain in the No. 1 position in the national rankings.

Luke Gunn, Mark Buckingham, and Sean Burris all met the regional standard in the 3,000m steeplechase in Atlanta, while Andrew Lemoncello ran a qualifying time in the 1500m.

For the women, Keyla Smith and Hshkeni Richemond each earned their ticket to regionals in the 400m.

Williams Sister Qualifies in Four Events…
Senior Alyce Williams earned a regional mark in nearly every event she competed in during the regular season. One the track, she ran 11.69 at the FSU Relays in the 100m and 23.83 in the 200m at the ACC Championships. In the field events, Williams qualified in the long jump at the conference meet with a fourth-place leap of 20’2.25″ and jumped 43’8.75″ in the triple jump at the Penn Relays.

2006 Champions to Visit White House…
Better late than never… The 2006 men’s outdoor NCAA Champion Seminoles have been invited to visit the White House and President Bush on Monday, June 18 in recognition of their national championship last season. The athletes along with coaches and support staff will be the first Florida State team to make the trip to Washington D.C. since 1999 (football).

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