April 21, 2007 - by
Seminole Men Win ACC Outdoor Track And Field Championships
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    April 21, 2007

    College Park, MD – After three long days of tough competition, the men of Florida State take home their third straight Atlantic Coast Conference outdoor track title with 166.50 points. The men have won five of the last six outdoor titles. In the women’s race, the Seminoles finished strong in third with 101 points behind champions Virginia Tech and runners-up Miami.

    “We have now won nine of the last ten indoor and outdoor men’s ACC titles in the past five years,” head coach Bob Braman said. “So this was a big win for us today. I am really excited with the performances from the men’s team, especially the non-scholarship athletes who really stepped-up to score big points.”

    “In the seven years I have been here, four as head coach,” Braman said. “This is the best women’s team we have had. We did a good job this week and we had a lot of depth. Unfortunately we couldn’t get past Virginia Tech and Miami, but our ladies did a great job and fought hard.”

    First up on the track, the men’s 4×100 meter relay tore-up the track with an awesome 38.78 first-place finish, a great start to the day for the Seminoles. Greg Bolden, Walter Dix, Michael Ray Garvin, and Charles Clark destroyed the Florida State and ACC records as they defended their title as the fastest 400 meter relay team in the nation.

    The next event on the track was the 1,500 meter run featuring Susan Kuijken and Audrey Hand running for the women and the 2006 ACC Champion and current record holder for the men, Tom Lancashire. Kuijken finished fifth in 4:29.56 scoring four points while Hand’s 4:40.55 time was good for 11-place.

    Lancashire defended his ACC title with an impressive 3:44.08 finish, just seconds off his ACC record of 3:42.13 which he set on April 22 last year at Wake Forest.

    In the men’s 100 meter hurdles, junior Drew Brunson just missed his first ACC title finishing second in 13.63. The junior transfer from Tennessee shattered his personal best and posted the second fastest time in the nation.

    Finishing third was another Seminole, sophomore Javier Garcia-Tunon in 13.88, a new personal record for the Miami, Florida native.

    The women’s 400 meter finals was exciting for Florida State as the Noles dominated the track with five ladies, Alycia Williams, Dana Massiah, Kandia Batchelor, Hshkeni Richemond, and India Pettus.

    Williams was the first to finish for FSU in third with a time of 53.33 followed by Massiah (54.07) and Batchelor (54.45) in fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the scoring was Richemond in seventh with a new personal best 54.62 and Pettus finished eighth in 55.20. The women contribute 18 points from the 400 meters.

    The men of Florida State dominated the 400 with a first and third place finisher. Junior Ricardo Chambers ran his fastest time this season of 46-flat and defended his ACC title for the third consecutive year. Sophomore Tywayne Buchanan improved from his fourth-place finish last season to take home the bronze in 47.38, his second-fastest time this year.

    The men were able to secure 14.50 points in the 100 meter dash which began with a false-start by Jacoby Ford of Clemson. Seminole senior Greg Bolden kept the Tigers from sweeping the race and finished second in 10.30. Fellow senior Cedric Nabe was one one-hundredth shy of third place, finishing in 10.54.

    In the men’s 400 meter hurdles, once again two Seminoles competed, junior Elliott Wood and Garcia-Tunon. Wood had an impressive third-place finish with his season-best 51.44 time. Garcia-Tunon also ran a best time this year, 51.62, good for fifth and four team points.

    Moving over to the field events for the women, the Seminoles scored 27 combined points in the shot put and triple jump. Sarah Reed, who finished third at last year’s outdoor conference meet, improved with a second-place finish on Saturday with a personal best 53-foot throw.

    “Sarah performed great today in the shot put,” Braman said. “If she can repeat her 53-foot throw at nationals she could become an All-American and look to score some points.”

    Freshman Allyn Laughlin also added points in the shot, throwing 49’10.50″ to finish sixth.

    In the triple jump, Florida State had two women on the awards podium with ACC Champion Alyce Williams and bronze medal winner Tiara Swanagan. Williams’ leap of 43’0.50″ is her season-best and sets a new Kehoe Track record. Swanagan jumped 41’7.75″ which is also a new season-best for the freshman.

    The next highlight of day three came with the men’s 200 meter finals featuring Dix and Clark battling it out against Clemson’s Travis Padgett and Ford. Dix once again defended his title with an amazing 20.19 finish, his fastest time this season as well as the fastest time in the nation. The ACC meet was the debut 200 meter race for the junior from Coral Springs, Florida and with his time sets a new ACC record and beats the regional mark by one second.

    Clark, the freshman superman from Virginia, looked strong in his first outdoor conference meet as he took the silver to beat-out Clemson’s Padgett in a season-best 20.57.

    Moving over to the men’s field events, senior Matt Hurley was the lone event champion from Florida State, winning the pole vault with height of 17’2.75″, matching his previous regional mark this season.

    Matt Hurley did a great job today with his win,” Braman said. “Hurley is a fifth-year senior and former walk-on who beat two All-Americans today, so that is really big for him.”

    The final event of the meet was the men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relays. The women’s relay team of juniors Keyla Smith and Kandia Batchelor and seniors Dana Massiah and Alycia Williams fought to the end and claimed the title as well as set a new ACC record of 3:32.11.

    The men’s relay team of sophomores Willie Gaines, Tywayne Buchanan, and Garcia-Tunon along with junior Andrew Krumins finished fourth with a time of 3:12.32.

    “We had some great individual performances at this meet which will set us up for nationals in June,” Braman said. “Things we expected to happen did like Walter Dix in the 200 meters and Tom Lancashire in the 1,500 meters, and then performances from athletes like Charles Clark are beginning to become consistent from meet to meet.”

    “A few breakthroughs were the men’s 4×100 relay breaking the school and ACC records and then the women’s 4×400 relay broke the ACC record at the end of the day. I am also really pleased with Drew Brunson’s performance in the 100 hurdles today. He is now in the top five in the country and we always talk about looking for new points and we are looking for guys like him and Clark to deliver.”

    The Seminoles have a short break before the NCAA East Region Championships hosted by the University of Florida on May 25 and 26. Next up for the men and women will be the Penn Relays April 26 through 28 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

    1. Virginia Tech 144.5; 2. Miami 113; 3. Florida State 101; 4. Georgia Tech 82; 5. North Carolina 77; 6. Virginia 69; 7. Wake Forest 54; 8. Clemson 47.5; 9. Duke 45; 10. NC State 38; 11. Maryland 30; 12. Boston College 18.

    100 Meters – 8. Kamilah Salaam, 11.87
    200 Meters – 8. Alyce Williams, 24.30
    400 Meters – 3. Alycia Williams, 53.33, 4. Dana Massiah, 54.07, 5. Kandia Batchelor, 54.45, 7. Hshkeni Richemond, 54.62, 8. India Pettus, 55.20
    1,500 Meters – 5. Susan Kuijken, 4:29.56, 11. Audrey Hand, 4:40.55
    3,000 Meter Steeplechase – 1. Barbara Parker, 9:56.29, 9. Lydia Willemse, 10:45.52
    5,000 Meters – 5. Barbara Parker, 16:43.81, 6. Debbie Huss, 16:44.29, 19. Laura Bowerman, 17:31.34
    10,000 Meters – 6. Debbie Huss, 34:37.04, 11. Laura Bowerman, 35:44.12
    4×400 Relay – 1. FSU (Keyla Smith, Dana Massiah, Kandia Batchelor, Alycia Williams), 3:32.11
    High Jump – 3. Tiara Swanagan, 1.70m/5’7″
    Pole Vault – 3. Tori Allen, 3.80m/12’5.50″
    Long Jump – 4. Alyce Williams, 6.15m/20’2.25″, t9. Heather Leblanc, 5.70m/18’8.50″, 17. Valerie Flournoy, 5.50m/18’0.50″
    Triple Jump – 1. Alyce Williams, 13.12m/43’0.50″, 3. Tiara Swanagan, 12.69m/41’7.75″
    Shot Put – 2. Sarah Reed, 16.15m/53’0″, 6. Allyn Laughlin, 15.20m/49’10.50″
    Hammer – 6. Sarah Reed, 54.46m/178’8″

    1. Florida State 166.5; 2. Clemson 118; 3. NC State 99.5; 4. Virginia 81; 5. North Carolina 77; 6. Georgia Tech 71; 7. Virginia Tech 57; 8. Maryland 44; 9. Wake Forest 35; 10. Miami 30; 11. Duke 29; 12. Boston College 4.

    100 Meters – 2. Greg Bolden, 10.30, t4. Cedric Nabe, 10.54
    200 Meters – 1. Walter Dix, 20.19, 2. Charles Clark, 20.57, 4. Ronald Wright, 21.26
    400 Meters – 1. Ricardo Chambers, 46.00, 3. Tywayne Buchanan, 47.38
    800 Meters – 3. Kenny Jesensky, 1:49.81, 4. Andrew Krumins, 1:50.00, 8. Stephen Wilson, 1:54.06
    1,500 Meters – 1. Tom Lancashire, 3:44.08
    5,000 Meters – 9. Sean Burris, 14:33.01, 12. Steeve Gabart, 14:45.12, 15. Mark Buckingham, 14:56.32
    10,000 Meters – 5. Steeve Gabart, 30:12.56, 7. Javier Cruz, 30:31.88
    110 Hurdles – 2. Drew Brunson, 13.63, 3. Javier Garcia-Tunon, 13.88
    400 Hurdles – 3. Elliott Wood, 51.44, 5. Javier Garcia-Tunon, 51.62
    4×100 Relay – 1. FSU (Greg Bolden, Walter Dix, Michael Ray Garvin, Charles Clark), 38.78
    4×400 Relay – 4. FSU (Willie Gaines, Javier Garcia-Tunon, Andrew Krumins, Tywayne Buchanan), 3:12.32
    High Jump – 4. Tim Reen, 2.05m/6’8.75″
    Pole Vault – 1. Matt Hurley, 5.25m/17’2.75″
    Shot Put – 4. John Fallone, 17.34m/56’10.75″, 13. Sharif Small, 14.55m/47’9″, 16. Travis Whitfield, 14.18m/46’6.25″
    Discus – 7. Sharif Small, 46.64m/153′
    Hammer – 5. Matt Wernke, 54.54m/178’11”, 6. Travis Dane, 54.26m/178′, 8. Travis Whitfield, 52.66m/172’9″
    Javelin – 4. Bryan Howard, 63.81m/209’4″

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