April 20, 2007 - by
Men And Women In Fourth Going Into Final Day Of ACC Championships

April 20, 2007

College Park, MD – The men of Florida State rest in fourth place with 39 points at the conclusion of day two at the ACC Outdoor Championships in College Park, Maryland. The women are still in the fight tied for fourth with the Tar Heels of North Carolina with 33 team points.

Scored Events

The Seminoles began the day on a high note once again as freshman Sharif Small threw 153-feet to place seventh in the discus throw. The Kingston, Jamaica native added two team points for the Seminoles.

Also scoring for the men was Jupiter, Florida native Tim Reen in the high jump. The sophomore’s height of 6’8.75″/2.05m was good for fourth and five points, bringing the men’s team score to 26 at the conclusion of the field events for Friday.

Andrew Lemoncello brought in big points as he placed first in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. This was the first time this season the senior competed in the event and his time of 8:36.48 broke the Kehoe facility record and regionally qualified him for nationals.

On the women’s side, the first scored event on Friday was the pole vault. Sophomore Tori Allen took the bronze with her season-best height of 12’5.50″/3,80m, which is also a regional mark.

In the women’s long jump, Alyce Williams added five points to the women’s score with her fourth-place finish. The senior’s 20’2.25″/6.15m leap was a season-best and a regional qualifying mark.

Senior Barbara Parker ran the 3,000 meter steeplechase for the first time this season and shattered not only the facility record, but also the ACC and Florida State records. Her time of 9:56.29 regionally qualified her and also broke her previous collegiate best of 10:20.82.

“Barbara’s performance tonight was unbelievable,” head coach Bob Braman said. “Her time won nationals three years ago so that’s pretty special. Andrew’s time would have won nationals last year as well, so a great job by both them as they added ten points to both sides.”

Preliminary Events

The first event on the track for the men was the 1,500 meter run featuring senior Tom Lancashire for the Seminoles. Lancashire, who ran the 1,500 for the first time this season, won his heat in 3:56.05 and will advance to the finals at 1:10pm on Saturday.

In the women’s 1,500 meters, sophomore Susan Kuijken ran the fastest time in the prelims, regionally qualified, and set a new Kehoe Track record with her 4:28.04 finish. Junior Audrey Hand also regionally qualified after finishing third in her heat with a clock of 4:28.13. Both women advance to the finals on Saturday.

In the 110 meter hurdles, junior Drew Brunson ran a season-best 13.85, a regional qualifying time, to finish first in his heat. Sophomore Javier Garcia-Tunon also regionally qualified with his time of 14.53 and both men advance to the finals.

Advancing to the finals in the women’s 100 meters will be Kamilah Salaam whose time of 11.81 is a season-best for the senior.

Three advance in the 100 on the men’s team. Seniors Greg Bolden and Cedric Nabe as well as sophomore Michael Ray Garvin all qualified with their times of 10.30, 10.49, and 10.33, respectively.

Moving on in the men’s 200 meters will be four Seminoles, junior Walter Dix, Garvin, freshman Charles Clark, and senior Ronald Wright. Dix posted the fastest time in the nation with his 20.30 finish in the second heat. That time is just three one-hundredths of a second behind his collegiate best of 20.27.

Garvin’s time of 20.70 and Wright’s 21.07 are new personal bests while Clark finished in 20.74, the third fastest time of the day.

The women of Florida State had an excellent showing in the 400 meter prelims, taking five of the eight spots in the finals on Saturday. Seniors Alycia Williams (53.73), Dana Massiah (54.06), and India Pettus (55.12) along with juniors Kandia Batchelor (54.79) and Hshkeni Richemond (54.90) look to score some serious points tomorrow afternoon.

Two Seminoles advance to the finals in the men’s 400 meters, junior Ricardo Chambers who ran 47.80 in the prelims and sophomore Tywayne Buchanan who ran 47.28. This was the first 400 meter race for each this season.

The final prelims of the day were the 800 meters for the women and men. Three men from Florida State competed on Friday and all three advance to the finals at 2:15 pm on Saturday. Crossing the line in the fastest time for the `Noles was senior Kenny Jesensky who just missed the regional mark with his 1:50.47 mark. Junior newcomer Andrew Krumins finished in 1:50.63 and freshman Stephen Wilson who managed to qualify for the conference meet just last weekend finished strong in 1:50.70

“We got a lot done today and we qualified extremely well,” Braman said. “We have so many non-scholarship men that scored 22 points in the first two days. Tomorrow we have two 800 meter guys that are non-scholarship who could score again. So that group did a great, great job and they have been an unexpected source of big points for the men’s team.”

“This has been an exciting meet for us because it is still a big challenge going into the last day. We have won eight of the last nine indoor and outdoor ACC meets, seven of eight since I’ve been the head coach, so tomorrow should be an exciting championship day.”

“For the women, Virginia Tech is a really good conference team that is very balanced and deep and they are going to be the team to chase. For Saturday, our women just need to come back and get the job done, especially in the 400 meters since we have five ladies competing there tomorrow. They will have to come in and fight for every point because they are still in the mix. It is close race maybe closer than we would like it to be, but we have some key events to score in tomorrow so it’s not over.”

The final day of the 2007 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships begins Saturday at 11:00 am with the women’s shot put and will conclude with the men’s 1600 meter relay. Check TheACC.com for live results.

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