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Seminoles Host Final Home Track Meet of the Season

May 4, 2006


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Seminole Twilight Notes (Schedule on page two)
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Tallahassee, Fla. – The stage is set for the final home meet of the season for the Florida State No. 1/1 men’s and No. 14/15 women’s track and field teams with the Seminole Twilight on May 6, 2006 at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles have one more open meet (Georgia Tech Invitational) before the NCAA regional and national championships meets.

Seminoles Earn Three ACC Yearly Honors…

Third-year head coach Bob Braman was elected the top coach in the conference, senior seven-time All-American triple jumper Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) tabbed as the men’s best performer and freshman steeplechaser Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario/St. Christopher) earned league-wide honors as the top rookie women’s competitor. Braman was honored for the second consecutive year after leading the Seminoles to their second straight outdoor championship and fourth overall team title. The men’s team picked up six individual event crowns while establishing three meet records in the shot put (Garrett Johnson), 1500m (Tom Lancashire) and 3000m steeplechase (Andrew Lemoncello). He was awarded the same honor during the indoor season by the conference and additional coaching honors by the NCAA South Region. Curry successfully defended his title in the triple jump winning the event with a leap of 50’09.50″ (15.48m), just one day after surprising the crowd and his competition with a mark of 25’05.25″ (7.75m) in winning the long jump. Between warming up for the triple jump and actually starting his series, the six-time ACC Champion ran the third leg of the second-place, 4x100m relay that finished in 39.89. His career-best long jump moved him into the top five in the long jump in the country this year. Willemse was named ACC Freshman of the Year for her second-place, 3000m steeplechase finish. Her mark of 10:27.01 was her season-best and the seventh fastest in the nation this year. She met the regional qualifying time for the second consecutive meet and helped the women’s team to a second-place finish. She joins Laura Bowerman (2005) as the only other Seminole women’s newcomer to win the award started in 1999.

Johnson Named Penn Relays College Men’s Athlete for Individual Events…

Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson’s (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) throw on Friday morning (April 28) did not just earn him a Penn Relays watch and a spot in the Penn Relays record book but the 2006 Rhodes Scholar also was honored at the historical meet as the Penn Relays College Men’s Athlete for Individual Events. His shot put distance shattered a 22-year old record in winning the event with a throw of 68’4.5″ (20.84m) on Friday morning (April 28). The record was held by former Southern Methodist shot putter Michael Carter. The seven-time NCAA Shot Put National Champion set the mark during his tenure at SMU in the early 1980s. The 2006 ACC Indoor and Outdoor Shot Put Champion has the fourth farthest throw in the world this year moving up two spots from sixth prior to the meet. The Tampa, Fla., native is the only collegian in the top five on the world list according to the IAAF website. Johnson won the event by almost 1.33-meters over the next closest competitor. The indoor All-American’s throw distances himself from his previous FSU all-time best mark of 67’3.5″ (20.51m) and the rest of the shot putters in the nation by almost a meter. The reigning NCAA Indoor Shot Put Champion is the only collegiate student-athlete to throw over 20-meters this year.

Hughes Runs Nation’s Top 1500m Time at Cardinal Invite…

Redshirt senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo. /Palisade) is performing at her best in her final season in Garnet and Gold. The 2006 Indoor Mile Runner-up picked up fourth-place in a season-best, 1500m time of 4:16.69, just three-tenths of a second off her personal best and FSU all-time record of 4:16.33 and a full second off the nation’s fastest time. The 2006 ACC 1500m Champion was the fourth overall runner to cross the line in her section and among all four sections of mid-distance (1500m) sprinters.

Lemoncello Moves into Top Spot of Fifth Event…

Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Sterling) added another record to his resume on Sunday (April 30) running 13:45.69 in the 5000m at the Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. He broke Joep Tigchelaar’s (one of third-year head coach Bob Braman’s first recruits) record of 13:46.01 set in 2003. The 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference 5000m Champion was the fourth fastest collegian to finish the race and ninth overall. It marks the second time this year he has picked up an NCAA qualifying mark on the West Coast. The steeple All-American set the 10,000m school record in automatically qualifying at the Stanford Invitational on March 31, 2006. Lemoncello holds the FSU all-time school record in five events (Cross country 8K, Indoor 5000m, Outdoor 5000m, Outdoor 10,000m, Outdoor 3000m steeplechase) and holds an additional top ten position on the all-time performers list in the 1500m. Lemoncello also broke the ACC 3000m steeplechase record at the league championships meet last weekend.

A Dynasty Is Beginning…

The nation’s top-ranked men’s track and field team won the program’s fourth overall outdoor conference team championship at the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Meet on Saturday, April 22, 2006. The men scored 161 points ahead of second place Clemson (119 points), No. 3 Wake Forest (106 points) and No. 4 Virginia (88). Andrew Lemoncello, Tom Lancashire and Garrett Johnson broke individual event records in winning event crowns. ACC POY Rafeeq Curry won two events and Ricardo Chambers added a sixth individual title in defending his 400m crown from 2005.

FSU Women Storm To Second Place…

The 14/15 women’s team finished in second place in the team standings to No. 2 Miami, scoring 112 points in through 21 events for the surprise upset of once dominant and higher ranked North Carolina. Coming off a fourth place performance last season in which no individuals took home crowns, three women were best in their event including NCAA record holder Lacy Janson. The women’s 4x400m relay, comprised of senior Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain), junior India Pettus (Cleveland, Ohio/Trinity), sophomore Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) and senior Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla./George Mason), sealed the highest team placing since 2003 with a winning time of 3:37.15.

Janson Breaks NCAA Pole Vault Record…
Redshirt senior Lacy Janson who became the first women in NCAA history to clear 15’0.25″ (4.58m), winning an unprecedented fourth ACC outdoor pole vault crown at the meet on Thursday, April 20 in Winston-Salem, N.C. . She is only the second female collegian to vault 15-feet. The 2006 NCAA Indoor Pole Vault Runner-Up is the second highest vaulter in the world.

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