April 6, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the third time this year, the Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams open the Mike Long Track and Field Complex to visiting teams for the 2006 Seminole Invitational. The one-day meet takes place on Saturday, April, 8, 2006 beginning at 9:00 am with the hammer throw.
Texas Is Tribe Territory…
The Florida State track and field team has had much success over the past few years competing in Texas – specifically Austin, Texas. In 2005, rookie Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) ran the fastest wind-aided 100m time in the world, clocking 9.96 with a 4.5 wind, as the youngest sprinter in a group of 15 that included 11 professionals. In 2004, Rafeeq Curry tied a 12-year old school record set by former Seminole Kelsey Nash while Olympic sprinter Brian Dzingai alongside Cedric Nabe, Rhoan Sterling and Lacy Janson all made the trek to Texas, returning with regional qualifiers and season-best marks.
Lemoncello Makes Distance Count In Cali…
Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) set the FSU-school record in the 10,000m run at the Stanford Invitational on March 31, 2006. The steeple All-American was named ACC Co-Performer of the Week (March 27 to April 2) for his outing. It the third school record he owns including the 3000m steeplechase and cross country 8K best. He is the only runner at FSU to hold top ten performance marks in four different lists. Aside from the steeple and 10K, he is sixth all-time in the 5000m and tenth all-time in the 1500m.
Five Women Regionally Qualify at Stanford…
Every runner who made the trip to California, ensured another trip to Greensboro for the 2006 NCAA East Region Championships meet. All five runners competing at the Stanford Invitational met the regional standard at the meet with four running lifetime bests and moving into the FSU top ten all-time performers list. Redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo./Palisade), freshman Susan Kuijken (Nijmejor, Netherlands/Steoelijk Gymnasium) and junior transfer Abbie Wilshire all qualified in the 5000m while senior NCAA qualifier Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) and freshman Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario/St. Christopher) met the meet entry time in the 3000m steeplechase.
Women’s Team Taking Care of Business…
Just over a month into the outdoor season, the women’s squad is well on their way to putting together another successful season. With 11 individuals and both relays already qualified, the women’s team is set for competition at the NCAA East Region Championships. Comparing this group to last year, it took all season to accumulate 16 marks between nine individuals. Five of the nine qualifiers from last year have already met the standard.
ACC Championships on the Horizon…
It seems like just yesterday, FSU hoisted the men’s team trophy over its head. That time of year is upon us again with the Men’s and Women’s Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships right around the corner. The meet opens up April 20 on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Seminole men look to defend the 2005 ACC title while the women are once again aiming for the top three in the conference.
FSU In The ACC…
The men’s squad has 25 marks behind 20 individuals. Redshirt freshman Javier Garcia Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) leads the way with Top Ten Performances in three events (high jump, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles. Senior Andrew Lemoncello is atop the 10,000m list while sophomore Hubert Mitchell (West Palm Beach, FL/Palm Beach Lakes Community HS) leads all 400m runners in the league. 4x100m not only fastest in the country but in the ACC. The 4x400m is second to Wake Forest.
Women’s Team Holding Their Own On Top Ten Lists…
23 individuals have 31 marks on the top performers list published weekly by the ACC. Both regional qualifying relays are in the top three in the league. LaKendra McColumn, Lacy Janson and Barbara Parker lead their respective events while Lindsey Nelson, Alycia Williams, Lydia Willemse, Susan Kuijken and Tori Allen are all in second place in their events. Of the 17 events (excluding relays), ten have two or more FSU athletes on the list led by the 10,000m run which has four Tribe runners.
NCAA EAST REGION QUALIFIERS
Andrew Diakos, Hammer
John Fallone, Shot put
Javier Garcia-Tunon, 110m HH
Javier Garcia-Tunon, 400m IH
Matt Hurley, Pole vault
Garrett Johnson, Shot put
Garrett Johnson, Discus
Andrew Lemoncello, 10,000m
Kenny O’Neal, 100m
(Greg Bolden, Kenny O’Neal, Ricky Argro, Walter Dix)
Tori Allen, Pole vault
Natalie Hughes, 5000m
Lacy Janson, Pole vault
Susan Kuijken, 5000m
LaToya Legree, Triple jump
LaKendra McColumn, 100m hurdles
LaKendra McColumn, 400m hurdles
Lindsey Nelson, Shot put
Lindsey Nelson, Discus
Evelyne-Cynthia Niako, 200m
Barbara Parker, 3000m SC
Lydia Willemse, 3000m SC
Abbie Wilshire, 5000m
(Alyce Williams, Evelyne-Cynthia Niako, Alycia Williams, LaKendra McColumn)
(Alyce Williams, LaKendra McColumn, Hshkeni Richemond, Alycia Williams)