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FSU Track Bound For Nationals Site In Arkansas

Feb. 10, 2005

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Tallahassee, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field team will compete at the Tyson Invitational this weekend, site of the 2005 NCAA Indoor National Championships, this Friday and Saturday, February 11-12, 2005. This is the final meet before the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, which take place in Chapel Hill, N.C. from Thursday, February 17 to Saturday, February 19.

Coming Up This Week…
The Seminoles competing in Arkansas means success. At the 2004 National Championships, FSU took four student-athletes to compete and returned with three All-Americans. Former Tribe member Vicky Gill and current Garnet and Gold standouts Natalie Hughes and Rafeeq Curry all garnered national recognition for placing amongst the top finishers. Curry finished fifth in the triple jump, Gill took fourth in the 5000m run and Hughes placed fifth in the mile run.

Janson Wins Again…
Senior Lacy Janson won the pole vault event for the second time with her 14’1.25″ (4.30m) mark at the Gator Invitational on Sunday, February. Her mark is the best in the nation by four inches. The 2003 NCAA Pole Vault National Champion secured a spot at this season’s national meet when she vaulted to a height of 13’9.25″ (4.20m) at the Florida Intercollegiate on January 15. She earned ACC Co-Performer of the Week honors for her first vault since winning the national title as a sophomore.

Freshman Trio Having Great Season…
Freshmen Ricardo Chambers, Walter Dix and Kenny O’Neal are having great rookie campaigns at FSU. Dix’s provisional qualifying marks lead the 55m, 60m and 200m events in the conference and seat him as third fastest in the 60m and 200m events. He is the fastest freshman in the nation in the 60m and fifth in the 200m. Chambers leads the 400m in the conference and owns the ninth fastest time in the nation with his provisional qualifying and career-best mark of 46.79. O’Neal, who spent the fall as a receiver on the football team, is fourth in the 60m dash and has a provisional qualifying mark in the 55m. He is just .03 seconds off a qualifying mark in the 200m. Only one other freshman in the ACC (aside from the Seminole trio) has a provisional qualifying mark.

FSU in the ACC…
Three Seminole men hold the top spots in five categories of the ACC men’s top performances list and 23 overall occupying 32 positions. Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson’s nation-leading mark in the shot put is a league-best by over six feet. To add some perspective to that, the next nine competitors are separated by less than five feet. Dix has the best league mark in three events – 55m, 60m and 200m. Fellow rookie Chambers’ 400m top time helps FSU sweep the sprints categories.

FAMU Transfer Performing for Seminoles… Junior transfer Johnta Griffin made his presence felt first at the Wildcat Invitational and then at the Gator Invitational. Griffin won the triple jump at the Kentucky meet, recording a mark of 49’9.25″ (15.17m), good enough for the fourth best distance in the conference and second-best on the team, behind All-American Rafeeq Curry. The former Florida A&M Rattler is the third best long jumper on the Seminole roster behind Walter Dix and Courtney Wright.

Automatic Berths

Garrett Johnson – Shot Put (66’8.75″)
Lacy Janson – Pole Vault (14’1.25″)

Provisional Qualifiers

Walter Dix – 55m (6.23), 60m (6.66), 200m (20.87*)
Kenny O’Neal – 55m (6.24)
Ricardo Chambers – 400m (46.79*)
Rafeeq Curry – Triple jump (51’0.75″)
Andrew Diakos – Weight throw (63’3.25″)
LaToya Legree – Triple jump (41’8″)

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