April 2, 2004
Tallahassee – Eight Seminole men competed at the prestigious 77th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday, April 02, 2004 in Austin, Texas. Two individuals and one relay team made it to their respective finals taking place on Saturday afternoon, April 3. With the times, the Tribe continued its streak of student-athletes qualifying for regionals at each meet during the 2004 outdoor season.
“We’re excited about what’s going on at the Texas Relays,” said head coach Bob Braman. “It’s probably the best regular season sprint meet in the country. Having such a talented group out there is just the start of what they’re going to do out in Austin. They are all proving they are ready to run.”
Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) and freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/ Lycee St. Joseph) made it to the finals in the 100m dash, also qualifying for the first time during the outdoor season for NCAA East Regionals. Dzingai ran a time of 10.39 while Nabe finished in 10.44, leading his heat. Both times are the best in the conference this season and were good enough to earn third and fifth place spots in the finals.
“Our group in the 100m dash ran really well,” said first-year assistant coach Ken Harnden. “For Brian to open up with a 10.39 is great considering his fastest time all of last season was a 10.37. Cedric ran as well as he has been at practice which is what we’ve been working on. Cedric is right at his personal record.”
The men’s 4x400m relay team took third en route to advancing to the finals, completing the course in a time of 3:09.45. Seniors Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) and Tony Martin (Sanford, FL/Sanford Seminole), sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy), and senior Joe Paiva (Levittown, PA/Truman) rounded out the group that placed behind UCLA and Nebraska. The men’s 4x100m relay team of sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern), junior Rhoan Sterling (Ontario, Canada/Toledo) joined Dzingai and Nabe in posting a time of 40.51.
The finals for the men’s 100m dash will take place on Saturday afternoon, beginning with a rolling schedule at 3:40 p.m. The 4x100m finals begin at 2:00 p.m. (rolling schedule) while the 4x400m final heats start at 4:25 p.m. (rolling schedule).
The Seminoles will compete this weekend at the Georgia Tech Invite from Friday, April 02 to Saturday, April 3rd.