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FSU Track Closes Regular Season Schedule With Last Chance Meet At Georgia Tech


Reebok Invitational Notes (Schedule on page two)
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May 11, 2006

Atlanta, Ga.
– The season is winding down and the regional and nationals championships meets are getting closer and closer every single day. The Florida State No. 1/1 men’s and No. 14/14 women’s teams have wrapped up training and are ready for the final open meet of the year, the Reebok Invitational at George C. Griffin Track and Field Facility on the campus of Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Ga., from Friday, May 12 to Saturday, May 13, 2006. The meet is the last chance for any remaining student-athletes to better, already-attained regional qualifying standards or, in some cases, add their names to the growing list of entries.

The Seminoles came out last week improving or adding nine regional qualifying marks in the final home meet of the season, the Seminole Twilight. Redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) broke the facility record in vaulting 14’5.25″ (4.40m) while redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) was the top shot putter in the final home meet of his Seminole career.

Niako Moves Into Fifth On FSU All-Time 200m Performers List…

Senior captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) is having the best season of her four year career. On Saturday, May 6, the All-ACC honoree moved into fifth all-time on the FSU all-time 200m performers list, running 23.15 to win the event at home. The last person to crack the Top 10 was Keya Crutchfield in 2000. Niako’s mark is the fastest clip since Patrice Verdun ran 23.24 in 1992. She cracked the top ten earlier this season in the preliminary race of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships where she sprinted to a 23.42 clip. She is one of only four to join the school’s all-time performer ranks in the last 12 seasons. Currently, Niako’s mark is second in the league by one-hundredth of a second (Charlette Greggs, Miami, 23.14), third in the region and ninth in the nation.

Seminoles Among League Leaders…

The FSU men lead the conference in 11 events. Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) leads the 3000m steeplechase, 5000m and 10,000m events. ACC Men’s Performer of the Year Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) is the best and long jumper, according to league statistics. Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) has top marks in the mid-distance events (800m and 1500m). Sophomore Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) is the top 100m man with a time of 10.17. Teammate Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) has the fastest 400m time by over a second. Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) is the top shot putter in the conference while sophomore Elliott Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) is the top 400m hurdler. The men’s relay has the fastest 4x100m after running 39.43 at the Diet Pepsi Invitational.

This Time Last Year…

The Seminoles made a big splash in the final meet before heading in the region championship in 2005. Then rookie Ricardo Chambers ran the fastest 400m dash in the nation of 44.87 and improving Olympic gold medalist Walter McCoy’s, FSU school record of 44.99 set in 1981. Tom Lancashire won the 1500m in an FSU school record of 3:41.83.Current teammates Walter Dix and Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) faced off in the 100m final. Dix moved into a tie for third nationally with his event winning time of 10.12. Bolden, sophomore at Albany State at the time, was the second fastest collegian in the race and third overall and finished behind Nike’s Jason Smoote, blazing the track in 10.32. The women’s 4x100m relay posted a season-best 44.96 for third in the event.

Dual Sports Star Making An Immediate Impact…

Freshman football defensive back Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) is helping the Seminoles sprint corps remain strong, adding depth in the 100m and 200m, specifically. He earned All-ACC honors for his third place finish in the 100m and narrowly missed more accolades for a fourth place finish in the 200m and as a leg of the league runner-up, 4x100m relay. He met the NCAA regional qualifying standard in both events and will add to the 4x100m relay.

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