Aug. 26, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – For most programs, one national champion returning to the team would be enough. The Florida State men’s track and field team borrowed from the sport of hockey with a hat trick – three national champions will don Garnet and Gold during the 2005-06 season. Junior transfers Greg Bolden (Morrow, Ga./Albany State), the 2005 NCAA Division II National Champion and Ronald Wright (Baltimore, Md./Barton County Community College) will join current Seminole Walter Dix on the track this season.
“We’re extremely pleased with the men’s recruiting classes for this year. We were focusing on those who could come in and score at the NCAA level right away. As a coaching staff, we feel like we’ve accomplished that objective. We also signed some young talent who will be up to that level within a few years. The heart and soul of the incoming group are scorers.”
Bolden is one of two national champions in the class. He ran a 10.26 in the preliminary race and 10.38 to win the finals. Bolden, who had the fastest DII time in the nation entering the meet, also anchored the Albany State 4x100m relay to an NCAA Division II Championship title. The group ran 39.99 in the preliminaries and 39.68 in the finals. He recorded a 200m time of 21.30 to finish 12th in the preliminaries. He accounted for 20 points toward the team score of 40 (fifth place). Bolden ran a personal best 100m time of 10.15 at the 2005 SIAC Championships and did not lose a race during the 2005 season. At the 2005 Georgia Tech Invitational, he finished in third place in the 100m behind NCAA Division I National Champion Walter Dix and Nike’s Jason Smoot. As a freshman, Bolden finished 11th in the nation with a 10.44 at nationals. He led off the 4x100m relay in 2004 that finished in third place in 39.92.
“With him, you’re lucky enough to have a veteran who has been to the nationals,” continued Braman. “We were extremely fortunate to get him and he compliments the great sprint group that we have here now. Greg is the impact guy with a lot of experience at the national level. He should come in right away and be a leader. He’s got a great personality. He’s always positive. We look to him to be a leader. The neat thing about him and Ronald is that they wanted to be here.”
Ronald Wright helped Barton Community College to its ninth consecutive Region VI Championship. Wright, who boasts top times of 10.28 in the 100m and 20.78 in teh 200m, won the 200m dash at the 2005 NJCAA Indoor National Championships, running a 21.54. Wright finished in fourth place in the 200m and eighth in the 100m at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. At the 2005 Region VI Indoor Championships, Wright won the 200m dash in 21.23 and finished in fifth place in the 60m finals in 6.89. In 2004, he earned first team All-American honors as the third leg of the 4x100m relay that finished first and a third-team All-American in the 100m dash in 10.63. Wright added a silver medal in the 200m in 21.45. In high school at Baltimore City Mervo in Baltimore, Md., he was an all-city, all-county and all-metro honoree. He earned athlete of the year honors from 2001-2003 and was the MVP of the football team during his senior year.
“Ronald is another veteran guy with two years left who has experience at the national meets. He comes from a great program and is expected to contribute immediately. We already have Walt and Ricardo who are young and talented. It made more sense not to recruit young guys so much as to recruit guys who can score immediately. He and Greg want to be here. They left great programs on the DII and junior college levels to help our team.”
Also joining the group is incoming freshman Tywayne Buchanon (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmers’ Boys School) will join the Seminole team from Wolmers’ Boys’ School in Kingston, Jamaica. He ran the 200m, 400m and 400m hurdles as well as both relays. He won a silver medal at the 2005 CARIFTA Games in the 400m hurdles and is a two-time gold medalist in the 4x400m relays at the VMBS Boys Championships. He represented his native at the Pan American Junior Championship Jamaica and ran a leg of the 4x400m relay at the Penn Relays in 2005.Buchanon also played basketball in high school and intends on majoring in business and commerce.
Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England/Birmingham) is a junior transfer from Birmingham University in England. He is an established veteran with a great deal of experience running cross country and track. He finished eighth at the British University Cross Country Championships and been to the World Junior Cross Country Championships four times before he turned 20. In 2004, he competed at the World Cross Country Championships in Belgium. The Thomas Telford High School graduate was a five-time county schools champion.
Also included in the class of 2009 are Darius Carter (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin) and Michael Snowden (Coopersburg, Pa./Souuthern Lehigh) who will join the hurdles corps. Anthony Crock (Avilla, Ind./East Noble), Jason Lakritz (New Windsor, NY/Newburgh Free Academy), Trey Andrews (Titusville, Fla./Astronaut) and Sam Gibbons (Tampa, Fla./Plant) are state milers who will join the mid-distance and distance groups.