April 3, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads concluded the weekend at the Texas Relays in Austin, TX on April 3, 2004. Two Seminoles finished in the top four in their events, three set personal best marks and four individuals and two relay teams bettered their regional qualifying marks while in Austin.
Sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) tied a twelve-year old record with a distance of 54’6″ in the triple jump event. The three-time All-American’s fourth place finish equaled Kelsey Nash’s mark set in 1992. Junior Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) also competed in the event posting a mark of 50’9.25″.
Junior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL/Cardinal Mooney) took second place in the pole vault with a season-best mark of 13’11.25. The 2003 NCAA Indoor National Pole Vault Champion came in second to Chelsea Johnson from UCLA, who set the collegiate national record with a mark of 14’9″.
Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) and freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph) posted personal best marks in the men’s 100m dash. Dzingai recorded a third place time of 10.36 while Nabe ran 10.46 in the finals.
The men’s 4x100m group of sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern), junior Rhoan Sterling (Ontario, Canada/Toledo) joined Nabe and Dzingai in posting a fifth place mark, despite bettering their previous regional qualifying time of 39.36.
The 4x400m squad took third place behind UCLA and Texas Tech, bettering their regional qualifying time of 3:05.79. Seniors Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans), Joe Paiva (Levittown, PA/Truman) and Antonio Martin (Sanford, FL/Seminole) and Curry ran the event for the Seminoles.
The Seminoles return to action at home with the Seminole Invitational April 10, 2004.