June 12, 2004
Austin, TX – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squad ended the season at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, TX with three All-Americans. Brian Dzingai took fifth in the 200m dash in 20.50 while Rafeeq Curry finished in fourth place in the triple jump. Vicky Gill earned her All-America nod yesterday in the 10K.
“We had a pretty good day,” said head coach Bob Braman. “Our program is definitely taking a step in the right direction. I think that on the men’s side, especially, we competed much better than last year.”
Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) rounded out a stellar two-year career at Florida State with All-America honors in the 200m dash. The Olympics-bound, Zimbabwe 200m record holder crossed the line in fifth place, after a bad start, in a time of 20.50.
Sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) jumped to a fourth place finish in the triple jump posting a mark of 54’2.75″ (16.53m). Curry, who was in sixth place entering his final jump, earned All-American honors for the fourth time in his two-year career with the Tribe. Junior Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) finished tenth overall, jumping a 51’6.5″ (15.71m).
“Rafeeq (Curry) moved up from a 12th place finish last year,” continued Braman. “Tom (Lancashire) comes in as a freshman and makes it to the finals. Brian (Dzingai) didn’t make it to through the prelims last year but makes top five this go round. Add that to our 4x100m relay that comes in and has a chance to win in the finals. With such a strong performance, next year’s going to be exciting.”
FSU ends the season with three All-Americans (Vicky Gill, Rafeeq Curry, Brian Dzingai) and one All-America relay team behind sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern), junior Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo), senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) and freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph). Johnson and Hughes may take All-American nominations home, once the top eight Americans in each event are identified.
Senior Joep Tigchelaar (Macharen, Netherlands/Titus Branasma Lyceum) ended his four-year career at Florida State with a 14:47.56 in the 5K.
The men’s team finishes the team race tied for 15th place with 15 points while the women complete the season tied for 28th place with eight points.