March 25, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads are splitting the weekend in Gainesville, FL and Stanford, CA, competing at the Florida and Stanford Relays, respectively. The Florida Relays, which officially started Wednesday with the heptathlon and pentathlon events, continues through Saturday at the Percy Beard Track.
Sophomore Andrew Diakos (Naples, FL/Barron-Collier) regionally qualified for the NCAA East Regional Meet, hosted by the Florida Gators. Diakos’ throw of 191’10” (58.48m) was a personal best mark and moved him into the top spot in the event in the Atlantic Coast Conference top performances list. Diakos, who won the hammer in last weekend’s FSU Relays, posted a fourth place finish at the Florida Relays.
Freshman Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, FL/Washington) also finished fourth, running in the 1500m event in a time of 3:54.76. The mark places him in the top three in the conference.
Junior Sydney Mondragon (Pueblo, CO/South) bested her personal record by 12 seconds in the 1500m run, posting a time of 4:48.01. True freshman Tina Biedenharn (Orange Park, FL/Ridgeview) competed in the 3000m steeplechase, finishing in seventh place.
A small contingent of Seminoles are headed out west, to compete in the Stanford Relays, hosted by Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. The group, comprised mainly of distance runners, will start competition tomorrow, March 26, 2004 at one of the most prestigious meets in the nation.
For updated results on the Florida Relays, please visit http://www.deltatiming.com/events/2004/flarel/index.htm. For information regarding the Stanford Relays, go to http://sml1.com/recordtiming//stanford_invitational04/.