April 10, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State men’s and No. 23 women’s track and field squads finished the final home meet of the season on a good note, with Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State securing a spot at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Dzingai met the automatic ‘A’ standard for the Olympic games, running a 20.36 in the 200m dash, besting the 20.59 qualifying mark. The time, a new personal best for Dzingai, leads the NCAA and is the third fastest in the world. The second-year Seminole also leads the conference in the 100m dash.
“It’s a humbling experience,” said Dzingai. “I just want to keep running and stay healthy. This mark puts me at the top of the list but I still have to go out their and do it again.”
Sophomore Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, GA/Stephenson) won the 200m dash in a personal best time of 23.62, putting her in first place in the conference. Junior Natalie Hughes (Palisades, CO/Palisade) won the 800m run, completing the course in a regional qualifying time of 2:09.78, second in the conference.
Freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) won the 800m run, qualifying for the NCAA East Regional meet and tying his personal best mark with a time of 1:49.92. Freshman Antonio Cromartie (Tallahassee, FL/Lincoln) took second in the 400m dash, posting a regional qualifying mark of 46.89.
Junior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, FL/Florida A&M) won the 100m dash in 12.07. Sophomore Marla Jackson (Jacksonville, FL/Stanton College Prep) won the 400m dash in a time of 56.30. Sophomore Deanna Lane (Marietta, GA/Alan C. Pope) won the 100m hurdles and the high jump. Sophomore LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, GA/Southwest Dekalb) won the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:00.74. Sophomore LaToya Legree (Lithonia, GA/Stephenson) posted a mark of 18’3.75″ (5.58m) in the long jump to take third place.
Freshman Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, FL/Mandarin) won the shot put, throwing for 45’7.75″ (13.91m). Senior Mandy Kinney (Lawrenceville, GA/Wyoming) came in second throwing for 44’7″ (13.59m). Kinney also won the hammer throw, recording a distance of 153’8″ (46.84m).
Redshirt senior Rachel Marsh (Kissimmee, FL/Osceola) won the 2000m steeplechase in a time of 7:10.92.
Senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrews) won the 1500m run, finishing in a time of 4:21.76, a regional qualifying time. The women’s 4x100m relay ‘A’ team won, taking the evetn in 45.59.
Sophomore Ricky Argro (Orlando, FL/Lyman) took second in the 100m dash run a personal-best time of 10.71. Freshman Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, FL/Washington) won the 1500m run in a time of 3:52.77. Fellow rookie Luke Beevor (Luton, England/Icknield) won the 3200m event, crossing the mark at 9:10.01. Junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) won the 2000m steeplechase in 5:48.19. Sophomore Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, FL/Chiles) vaulted to 16’5″ for the event title in the pole vault. Junior Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) took home two event titles, winning the long and triple jumps with distances of 23’6.75″ (7.18m) and 48′ (14.63m), respectively. Sophomore Andrew Diakos (Naples, FL/Barron-Collier) won the hammer throw with a mark of 190′ (57.92m)
Competing unattached, Dorian Scott threw a personal best mark in the shot put at 63’10.25, a new Florida State record.
The Seminoles return to action next weekend at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C.