Feb. 9, 2003
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Seminoles competed at the Gator Invitational on Sunday capturing four first place finishes with Rafeeq Curry and Lacy Janson earning NCAA automatic bids with their performances in the triple jump and pole vault events respectively. In the men’s triple jump event, Curry finished in second place posting a personal best jump of 53-07.50 (16.34m), which automatically qualified him for the NCAA Championships. Janson garnered her third straight first place finish in the pole vault event this season and posted back-to-back NCAA automatic qualifying marks of 13-09.25 (4.20m) with her performance at the Gator Invitational.
Senior Kim Jones had a strong outing for the second consecutive meet with two top five finishes in the long jump and 55m hurdles. Jones earned an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.81 in the preliminary round of the 55m hurdles and then topped that in the finals with a time of 7.77 good for fourth place. In the long jump event, Jones finished third posting a season best mark of 20-02.25 (6.15m).
The Tribe’s Cerenity Young established a personal best with her fourth place finish in the women’s shot put earning an NCAA provisional qualifying throw of 50-09.50 (15.48m). In the women’s 5000m run, the Tribe took first, second and third place with senior Vicki Gill leading the way with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 16:45.17. Misty Harper and Allison Lind finished in second and third place for the Seminoles with times of 17:48.19 and 17:50.37 respectively.
On the men’s side, the Seminoles earned first and third place finishes in the shot put behind dominate performances from Dorian Scott and Garrett Johnson. Scott’s throw of 61-10.25 (18.85m) and Johnson’s mark of 59-03.00 (18.06m) qualified each of them for an NCAA provisional. In the mile run the Tribe was led by senior Maarten van den Heuvel, who finished first in a time of 4:09.30, while Giscard Titus placed third with a time of 4:12.18. Senior Josh Bowling had another strong showing in the weight throw as he finished fourth with a mark of 56-02.50 (17.13m).
Overall, the Seminoles earned 17 top ten finishes in 13 different events at the Gator Invitational on Sunday. The next meet for Florida State will be next weekend at either the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va. or at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.