Nov. 19, 2003
Current Florida State track and field members Rafeeq Curry, Natalie Hughes and Willie Johnson alongside former Tribe member, Kim Jones, were selected to the 2003 Outdoor All-American list after qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Along with the top eight finishers in each event, the top eight Americans also garner All-American status. The Noles received notice earlier this month once all foreign competitors were removed from the list.
Sophomore Rafeeq Curry was last season’s ACC Indoor Rookie of the Year, Triple Jump Champion and ran one leg of the Indoor 4×400 relay conference championship team. The Tampa, Fla. native was named to the All-ACC team en route to earning All-American honors for the indoor season. During the outdoor season, he led the ACC in that area with a mark of 16.41m. Curry is the reigning East Regional Triple Jump Champion with a mark of 16.09m. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, he finished fifth in the prelims and twelfth in the finals.
“I feel very blessed to be selected to be an All-American for the outdoor season. This year I want to do better, stay away from injuries and train harder to get to that point where I’ve earned All-American status in June,” said Curry, who entered FSU in 2002 as the No. 1 scholastic triple jumper in the nation.
The Seminoles’ Natalie Hughes earned her second All-American honor in two years in the 1500m run. The junior from Grand Junction, Colo. finished 15th in a personal best and school record time of 4:16.33. She earned the honor finishing as the seventh fastest American in the event.
Junior Willie Johnson posted collegiate best mark of 16.09m in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships earning All-American honors for the first time in his two-year career. The Orlando, Fla. native finished as the ACC Conference runner-up in the triple jump and placed third at the NCAA East Regional to earn an automatic bid to nationals.
“Being selected an All-American for the outdoor season was a great accomplishment and lets me know that all my hard work last season paid off,” said Johnson, the former Edgewater standout.
Kim Jones won two individual events (100m hurdles, long jump) and one as a leg on the 4x100m ACC Championship team. Jones 100m hurdles title was her second ACC title. After the Outdoor ACC meet, she ranked first in the conference, fourth in the East Region and tenth nationally in the long jump. The Raleigh, N.C. native holds the fourth longest triple jump in school history at 6.46m and the second fastest 100m hurdles time in FSU history at 13.54. In the 100m hurdles, the former Nole ranked first in the ACC and East Region and seventh nationally. At the NCAAs, Jones finished 14th overall missing the final cut by two inches. Jones also finished 21st in the 100m hurdles.
FSU will kick of the 2003-04 season under new head track and field coach Bob Braman on December 5 with a meet at Clemson. The Noles start again on January 17 with the Florida Intercollegiates meet in Gainesville.