May 6, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson won the shot put to highlight numerous dominant performances by the Florida State No. 1/1 men’s and No. 14/15 women’s track teams at the Seminole Twilight meet Saturday. In a “last chance” meet to qualify for the upcoming NCAA East Regional Championships, four Seminole men and three Seminole women earned qualifying marks and will compete in the regional championship May 26-27 in Greensboro, N.C.
Johnson won the event with a throw of 66’0.5″ (20.13m). The reigning NCAA Indoor and ACC Indoor and Outdoor champion is the only collegian to put the shot over 20 meters this season hitting the mark for the fourth time this season. Johnson came within 2.5 feet of tying his school record of 68-4.5 which he set at last week’s Penn Relays.
Florida State senior Lacy Janson continued her incredible run as the nation’s top performer in the pole vault event as she led a near Seminole sweep in the event as four of the top six finishers were from Florida State. Janson jumped an event-winning 14-05.25; she was followed by teammates (and sister) Brittany Jansen (11-05.75, 2nd place), Jacintha Anderson (10-00.00, T4th ), Leah McNaughton (10-00.00, T4th) and Leilani Caraballo (10.00-00, T4th ).
In the men’s 400 meter hurdles, Florida State’s Elliott Wood led a 1-2-3 Seminole finish with a regional qualifying time of 51.19. He was followed in the standings by teammates Javier Garcia-Tunon (51.97) and Tywayne Buchanan (52.51) who also both qualified to run in the in the regional championships.
Senior Andrew Diakos led a 1-2-3 sweep for the Seminoles with a hammer throw of 195-11 – his third best throw of the outdoor season. Having already qualified for the regional championships, Diakos finished ahead of teammates Matt Wernke (175-09) and Travis Dane (174-06).
Florida State freshman Willie Gaines (47.68) and sophomore Hubert Mitchell (48.17) led a 1-2 Florida State in the 400 meter dash, while Seminole freshman Michael Ray Garvin qualified for the regional championships as he clocked a personal-best 20.90 in the 200 meter dash. He finished third in the event. Junior Greg Bolden – who has already qualified to run in the regional – won the 100 meter dash in a time of 10.32.
Senior LaKendra McColumn won the 100 meter hurdles in a regional qualifying time of 13.62. Having already qualified for the regional championships, McColumn ran her fastest time of the season and now has the teams top five times in the 100 meter hurdle event. Another regional qualifier – Cynthia Niako – ran a season-best 11.55 in the 100 meter dash and joined the parade of Seminoles who will participate in the regional championships at the end of the month. Niako also qualified for the regional championships in the 200 meter dash in a season-best time of 23.15.
Senior Sarah Reed, who had already earned a qualifying mark in the shot put, earned a season-best mark of 50-06.75 in wining the event.
One more last chance meet remains on the schedule for FSU. The Seminoles travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the Reebok Invitational at Georgia Tech University on Saturday, May 13, 2006.