June 9, 2005 - by
FSU’s Lemoncello Breaks Record, Dix Tops 100m Field

June 9, 2005

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team opened the first day of the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on a cold and rainy note but with great results. Four men plus the 4x100m relay advanced to the next rounds of their respective events.

“We’re about where I expected to be but definitely a different way,” said head coach Bob Braman, on the first day of action at the national championships meet. “Every team’s going to have some issues. Obviously, we’re disappointed that Garrett’s going to miss his chance for a shot put title but you know with Garrett, he’ll come back and score more points in the discus – he’s a champion. In sprints, Walter and Ricardo are still undefeated and the 4x100m, which was picked for no points, made it through to the finals, which is big.

An FSU all-time best was enough for junior transfer Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) to advance to the finals with a time of 8:34.28 in the 3000m steeplechase, leading all runners in his flight. He originally set the school mark at the Mt. SAC Relays, running an 8:37.13.

The men’s 4x100m relay squeaked into the finals with a season-best time of 39.30, to open the running events at this year’s championship meet. Junior All-American Derrick Baker (Miami, Fla./Northwestern) running in lane eight, handed off to freshman Kenny O’Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) who then turned the baton over to senior All-American Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo). Freshman All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) anchored the quartet to the third fastest time in school history.

Dix moved on to compete in the 100m dash prelim, advancing to the semifinals with the fastest time in his flight, and fifth overall, in10.35. He returned an hour later to run the semifinals, posting a qualifying-round best time of 10.30. The only rookie in the top 12, Dix bested a field that included NCAA Indoor 60m Champion DaBryan Blanton from Oklahoma but did not include Mississippi State’s Steve Mullings, who was tied with Dix for the fastest time in the nation, but withdrew from the competition earlier this week.

Chambers cruised through the opening race to the semifinals in the 400m dash, posting the top time in the third flight at 45.77. His mark is third overall and will place him in the next round scheduled for Friday at 7:25 p.m.

Senior All-American Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) was the fifth best qualifier in the men’s shot put, advancing with a throw of 60’1.25″ (18.32m). Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) missed qualifying by six inches, throwing a 58’6.5″ (17.84m) for 16th place.

Junior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) finished the preliminary race in 10:23.98, her third fastest time this season. She recorded the fourth best mark among conference runners competing in the event.

Attendance at Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex for the first day was marked at 4,017 by the Sacramento Sports Commission.

Thursday’s Schedule – June 9th, 2005
3:15 pm Men Discus Qualifying Round (G. Johnson)
5:10 pm Men 200m Dash Round 1 (W. Dix)
7:05 pm Men 200m Dash Semifinal (W. Dix)
7:35 pm Men 1500m Run Round 1 (T. Lancashire)
8:40 pm Men 4x400m Relay Round 1 (J. Griffin, G. Johnson, H. Mitchell, E. Wood)
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