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FSU Track Earns Regional Athletic and Academic Awards

June 1, 2006

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team was honored as one of the top athletic teams and academic programs in the region on Thursday, June 1, 2006. The United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Bob Braman South Region Coach of the Year and redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) was praised as the South Region Field Athlete of the Year. Additionally, redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./ Cardinal Mooney), redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) and junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) joined Johnson on the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Track and Field/Cross Country Teams, announced by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association (COSIDA) on Wednesday, May 31.

“The academic awards are special for us with a team this good athletically to have four make it as the top in the region shows the kind of student-athlete we’re bringing in at FSU,” said third-year head coach Bob Braman. “As for the regional awards, it’s always exciting to get the recognition for our program. You have to feel honored and privileged just to be in the running. For us, it’s just a validation of the work of our coaching and support staff. Right now, we are grateful for the honors but are focused on the last and most important week of the year.”

Braman guided the top-ranked men’s track team to resounding wins in defending the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA East Regional Team Championships. Under Braman’s tutelage, the Seminoles will take 14 student-athletes to vie for the program’s first NCAA national title. Last season’s selection for regional coach of the year has a roster that includes NCAA Indoor National Champions Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) and Johnson, the nation’s top 800m runner in Lancashire and triple jumper in senior Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy).

Johnson earns his first regional athlete of the year honor and his second academic first-team selection. The university’s first Rhodes Scholar in almost 20 years is a graduate student in Public Administration with a 3.81 grade point average. The reigning ACC and NCAA Shot Put Champion and Meet Record holder set the FSU all-time best in the shot put (68’4.5″) and is second on the list in the discus (199’4″). The two-time All-American won the indoor shot put by over three feet and broke the Penn Relays record set by one of the top throwers in U.S. history (Michael Carter) in the early 1980s.

Making the team for the second consecutive season is the nation’s top 800m runner Lancashire, a true junior. In three years at FSU, the 2005 ACC Performer of the Year boasts a 3.93 grade point average in exercise science. Recognized as one of the top mid-distance runners in the country, the three-time All-American will compete at nationals in the 1500m. Lancashire holds the school record in the indoor mile run (3:58.52), 800m (1:45.76) and the 1500m (3:38.92). His 800m time was the fastest in the NCAA this year and seventh fastest in the world. Lancashire is a six-time ACC Champion.

Janson was selected to the region team for the first time in her five year career at FSU. The ACC and NCAA East Region Pole Vault Champion is majoring in dietetics and currently holds a 3.68 grade point average. Janson, who has been a steady among the top three vaulters in the world, set the NCAA collegiate record earlier this year in winning her fourth outdoor conference title. The 2003 NCAA Pole Vault Champion also shattered the conference championships meet record and numerous stadium records over the course of the 2006 season.

Garcia-Tunon, a senior in the classroom, but a redshirt freshman on the squad, holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average in business management. He qualified for the NCAA East Region Championship meet in two events, running the short hurdles in 14.16 at the Diet Pepsi Invitational and 51.97 in the 400m hurdles at the Seminole Twilight. At the regional meet, he placed in the top 15 in both events and earned an at-large berth to his first national championship meet. He is also a contributing member of the team’s fastest 4x400m relay and is one of the top three high jumpers on the team.

Janson, Garcia-Tunon, Johnson, and Lancashire will join the rest of their teammates at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. on June 7-10.

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