Feb. 10, 2006
Fayetteville, Ark. – At the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center on Friday, February 10, 2006, the Seminoles gave the track world a preview of what should be expected in another month at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Competing in the 2006 Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., two Seminoles walked away with the top marks in the country, one FSU team member shattered a 24-year old FSU school record and six Garnet and Gold track student-athletes met national championship qualifying standards.
On his first attempt in the shot put, redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) threw his third automatic qualifying mark of the year, tossing for a nation-leading 66’2.5″ (20.18) to win the event. The mark is almost two and a half feet more than his previous season-best entering the meet and just six inches short of his career-best which he set at the Florida Intercollegiates in 2005. That mark stood as the second farthest throw in the world for the 2005 indoor season.
Redshirt senior All-American Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) won her fifth pole vaulting competition of the year, reaching a nation-leading and season-best height of 14’4″ (4.37m). It marks the first time Janson has vaulted over 14’4″ during the indoor season since winning the national title in 2003 with a school and conference record-breaking height of 14’7.25″.
Senior All-America Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling University) cruised to a provisional standard in the 5000m, running 13:53.42 to break a 24-year old FSU school record. The first two-time Atlantic Coast Cross Country Champion in Seminole history bettered the standard of 14:00.10 set by All-American Herb Wills in 1982.
Redshirt senior All-American Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade) won her second event title and provisional qualifying mark in as many meets, running 4:43.79 to win the mile run. At the Pepsi Invitational in Gainesville last weekend, the five-time All-American debuted with a provisional standard in winning the 3000m. Her mark is just three seconds off her FSU school-record and personal best time set at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships of 4:39.17.
Sophomore All-American Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) bettered his provisional standard and conference leading mark in the 400m, finishing second in 46.52.
Senior All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) took second in the long jump, recording a provisional qualifying distance of 24’7.75″ (7.51m).
Junior Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) put on a show in the pole vault, clearing a career-best height of 16’7.25″ (5.06m) in finishing second. The mark is the fourth highest height in the conference, heading into this weekend and just five inches shy of the provisional standard.
Senior captain Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) ran a season-best 7.69 in the 60m, just ahead of teammates redshirt junior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) and senior captain LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson), who finished in 7.81 and 7.95.
Niako had her best outing in the 400m this session, narrowly missing the provisional standard with her time of 54.83. Senior Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason) put out her season-best performance, clocking 55.29.
Redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) recorded one of the top ten performances in the conference in running a collegiate best 8.18 in the 60m hurdles
Junior transfer Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State) lead the sprinters for the Seminoles, posting a 6.74 in the 60m prelims. Sophomore All-American Kenny O’Neal (Oakland, Calif./Skyline) debuted at 6.77 while sophomore five-time All-American Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) cruised into the championship finals at 6.80.
Other finishes: Senior LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) finished the 60m hurdles in 8.69… Classmate Deanna Lane (Marietta, Ga./Pope) ran 8.84 in the 60m hurdles… Redshirt junior Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla./USF) missed his personal best time in the 5000m by just three seconds, in finishing eighth in 14:47.42… Rookie Antone Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee) ran a 6.95 in the prelims of the 60m dash… Freshman Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern) posted a 56.96 in the 400m dash… Newcomer Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmer’s Boys’ School) ran the 400m in 48.08.
FSU School Record
– Andrew Lemoncello, 5000m (13:53.42)