April 8, 2006 - by
FSU Track Closes Texas Relays With Record-Breaking, Regional Qualifying Performances

April 8, 2006

AUSTIN, Tex. – Redshirt senior and NCAA runner-up Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) bettered the FSU school pole vault record by over three-feet, senior seven-time All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) won and regionally qualified in the triple jump and sophomore reigning NCAA 100m National Champion Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) began his journey back to the top of the 100m list with a 10.17, second-place clip on the final day (Saturday, April 8) of the 2006 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Tex.

Janson shattered the FSU all-time record and her personal best mark in winning the Texas Relays pole vault crown. The All-American cleared 14’7.25″ (4.45m) for the victory and top mark in the region and nation. The FSU school record holder vaulted 14’4″ (4.37m) a week after winning her 2003 NCAA Indoor Pole Vault Championship to set the record that she shattered in her performance today.

A day after regionally qualifying in the long jump, senior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) met the meet standard in the triple jump with a season-opening mark of 53’11.25″ (16.44m) to win the Texas Relays. Curry beat the next closest competitor by over a foot and moved into the top spot in the nation.

Sophomore Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) opened his defense of his national championship, with a 100m Invitational race time of 10.17, automatically securing a berth to the 2006 NCAA East Region Championship. UTEP’s Churandy Martina ran 10.04 to take the event title. Junior transfer and indoor All-American Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) ran a season-best 10.47 to finish 12th behind a 2.5 wind reading.

In one of the most competitive areas of the field events of the meet, senior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) shattered her career best, hitting the sand in 44’1.25″ (13.44m) for sixth place. She posted her prior best of 43’3.25″ (13.19m) in taking third place at the 2005 ACC Championships on her home track in Tallahassee.

In the shot put, redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) concluded the afternoon with a second-place finish behind a throw of 64’7.75″ (19.70m). It marks the second time this season the 2006 NCAA Indoor Shot Put Champion has thrown a regional distance.

Senior hurdler LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) is making the quarter hurdle race look easy. The All-ACC candidate ran another season-best mark in the 400m hurdle finals, stopping the watch at 58.44 and finishing in eighth place.

FSU is back in action on Saturday, April 15, 2006 in Miami, Fla., at the Miami Gatorade Invitational. The meet will be the final outing for the Seminoles before heading to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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