April 12, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) earned ACC Outdoor Track and Field Performer of the Week honors after becoming the first Seminole to secure a spot at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. This marks the third consecutive Florida State track and field men’s team member to earn the weekly award.
“I’m extremely happy for Brian, said first-year head coach Bob Braman. “Now he’s in line to reach one of his lifetime goals. He gets to represent his country in the Olympic Games. It’s exciting for him and for our program.”
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 and 200m dash events.
“It’s my first time winning,” said the second-year Seminole. “I’ve never won it before. It validates my training but also keeps me focused on winning this weekend at the conference championships. I’m also excited for the team because the more points I can put on the board to help them, the closer we are to winning (our fourth consecutive championship) title.”
Dzingai came on strong at the end of last year, taking third place in the 100m dash and fourth in the 200m event at the NCAA East Regionals to earn his first bid to Division I nationals. En route to winning the 2003 ACC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Seminole posted the second fastest times in the 100m and 200m events.
Dzingai also ran a qualifying time in the 200m dash for this season’s indoor nationals meet but was not offered a spot in Fayetteville, Ark.
Before leaving Truman State, Dzingai set four school records and six conference titles. The two-time Division II All-American finished seventh at the national championships meet in the 60m dash and eighth in the 100m dash in 2002.