Feb. 20, 2004
Clemson, S.C. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads wrapped up the first day of competition at Clemson, S.C. on Friday, February 20, 2004. The Seminole men are successfully defending their title, sitting in first place after day one while the women are number two in a tight point race for conference bragging rights. The Tribe won two events on either side to add to their point total for the day.
Senior Patrick Gerberich captured the men’s third straight indoor pole vault title, besting the field with a 16’4.75″ mark. The fifth-year senior was seeded seventh heading into today’s meet and came out with his first event title.
“It’s a great feeling to win,” said Gerberich. “I’ve been battling through injuries for five years for this and I finally put it together. It’s unbelievable right now.”
Senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrews University) won her first ACC title in two-and-a-half years competing at the college level, in the 5000m run with a time of 16:07.7, automatically qualifying for her second event of the indoor season. The sixth-year senior captured her first indoor conference title in a personal best time. The two-time cross country and one time track All-American ran the second fastest time ever in the event at an ACC Indoor meet.
The women’s distance medley relay, comprised of senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen), senior All-American Tamara Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans), sophomore Sydney Mondragon (Pueblo, CO/South) and junior All-American Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) set an FSU indoor and a ACC indoor track championship records in addition to provisionally qualifying for the NCAA National Championships. The squad, composed of two track All-Americans and All-ACC performers, set the tempo for race, jumping out early behind Hofstede in the first leg, before extending the lead through the last three legs.
The men’s distance medley relay gave the Tribe a 10-point boost to put FSU in the lead to end of the day. Junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake College), senior Joe Paiva (Levittown, PA/Truman) alongside freshmen Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) and Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) ran a time of 9:53.19.
Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) running in the 200m dash, ran a indoor personal best time of 21.36 to provisionally qualify for nationals and lead the event. Dzingai also ran in the 60m dash finishing second overall in 6.79 to qualify for the finals tomorrow. Accompanying the senior to day two in the 60m dash include sophomore Ricky Argro (Orlando, FL/Lyman), freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee Saint Joseph) and junior Rhoan Sterling (Ontario, Canada), all setting season- or personal-best records.
Junior Joep Tigchelaar (Macharen, Netherlands/Titus Branasma) finished second in the men’s 5000m run, earning All-ACC conference honors for the third time in as many years.
Sophomore John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) and junior Dan Royal (Ft. Myers, FL/Ft. Myers) finished fourth and seventh, respectively to in the shot put final. Argro placed fifth in the men’s long jump with a mark of 23’7.25 while junior Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) followed him in sixth, jumping to a 23’4.75″ mark. The shot put and jumps corps contributed 14 points toward the Tribe’s team score.
Sophomore Deanna Lane (Marietta, GA/Alan C. Pope) put the first points on the board for Florida State in the women’s pentathlon event during the first day, finishing in third place with 3277 points. Lane posted six points for the Seminoles, running a time of 8.88 in the 60m hurdles to finish second and a time of 2:32.83 for third in the 800m run.
In the men’s 400m dash, the Seminoles dominated the top five, placing three runners in the finals. Freshman Antonio Cromartie (Tallahassee, FL/Lincoln) led the way, finishing first in his heat in 48.63. Seniors Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) and Antonio Martin (Sanford, FL/Sanford Seminole), running in heat two, garnered times of 48.811 and 48.814 (rounded to 48.82) to advance.
In the preliminary men’s mile, Hornabrook and Lancashire finished first in heat one and two, respectively. Hornabrook, a two-time NJCAA Cross Country Champion, posted a time of 4:11.27 and Lancashire recorded a time of 4:12.15. The pair sits at number one and two heading into the second day of the championship meet.
In the preliminary women’s mile, Hughes won her heat in a time of 4:51.71 and Hofstede finished eighth overall in 4:54.78, both earning a spot in the finals, taking place Saturday at 12:40 p.m.
Junior Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic Government) qualified for the 60m dash finals logging a time of 7.57. In the 400m dash, newcomer Dana Massiah’s (Trinidad & Tobago/Bishop Anesty) time of 55.83 was enough to accompany Tamara Campbell’s time of 54.41 to the finals.
The second day of the ACC Championships begins tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Reigning ACC Triple Jump Champion Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) will take the stage at 11:00 a.m.
Team Score (Day One)
Men – 1. Florida State, 49; 2. N.C. State, 41; 3. Clemson, 33; 4. North Carolina, 21; Georgia Tech, 19; 6. Duke, 15; 7. Virginia, 9; 8. Maryland, 5; 9. Wake Forest, 3.
Women – 1. Ga. Tech, 38; 2. Florida State, 31; 3. North Carolina, 30; 4. Clemson, 28; 5. Maryland, 25; 6. Virginia, 23.5; 7. Wake Forest, 23; 8. N.C. State, 21; 9. Duke, 14.5.