May 30, 2003
FAIRFAX, Va. –
The Florida State track and field team finished day one of competition at the East Regional Championships on the campus of George Mason University, with four Seminoles earning a spot at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif., June 11-14. On the women’s side, sophomore Lacy Janson advances after winning the women’s pole vault and senior Vicky Gill advances with a third place finish in the 5000m run. For the men, senior Kolby Jones placed fourth in the long jump and junior Joep Tigchelaar finished second in the 5000m. In preliminary action, six Seminoles advanced to Saturday’s event finals in eight different events. In addition, the men’s 4x100m relay team also advanced to Saturday’s event final and will look to move on with a top three finish.
Sophomore Lacy Janson won the women’s pole vault event with a mark of 13′ 2.25″ (4.02m) and will make her second straight appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in two weeks. Janson looks to become just the second track and field athlete in Florida State history to win an indoor and outdoor national championship in the same year. The last Seminole to perform such a feat was Esmeralda Garcia back in 1985 when she captured the indoor and outdoor titles in the women’s triple jump.
Senior Vicky Gill placed third in the 5K crossing the finish line in a time of 15:53.37. This marks the second event that she will compete in out at this year’s NCAA National Championships. Gill received an automatic bid in the 10K at the Stanford Invitational when she ran to a personal best time of 33:14.98.
Senior Kolby Jones earned his first ever berth to the NCAA Championships after his fourth place performance in the men’s long jump on Friday afternoon. Jones established a personal best mark of 25′ 0″ (7.62m) in his final attempt to make the top five and advance to the national championships.
Junior Joep Tigchelaar continued his hot running as he qualified for his second event at this year’s national championships. Already an NCAA automatic qualifier in the 10K, Tigchelaar earned a right to compete in the 5K after finishing second at the NCAA East Regional in a time of 13:55.30. His time was a personal best and was the third fastest time recorded in the 5K in FSU history.
In preliminary event action, Brian Dzingia earned a spot in both the 100m and 200m dash final after placing third in both events. Dzingia finished the 100m in a time of 10.44 and crossed the finish line in the 200m with a season best time of 20.72.
Senior Danyne Brown was the other multiple event qualifier on day one for the Seminoles. He finished the 110m hurdles in fifth place in a personal best time of 13.90. In the 400m hurdles, Brown also placed fifth in another personal best time of 50.69.
Senior Laura Gerber made her way into tomorrow’s 800m final with a fourth place finish in a time of 2:07.11. In the 1500m run, Natalie Hughes placed second at 4:24.59, a new season best, while Maarten van den Heuvel finished sixth in a time of 3:48.52. Both times were good to advance to Saturday’s final.
Day two of the NCAA East Regional Championships will begin at 9:30 am with the men’s pole vault competition. The rest of the field events and the finals of the running events will all be held on Saturday. The top five finishers in each event and top three relay teams will move on to compete at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. in two weeks. For complete track and field coverage from the final day of regional competition, stayed tuned to seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State Seminoles.