April 17, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State No. 21 men’s team was not successful in defending its conference title, placing second with 176 points behind Clemson at the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The No. 23 women’s team took third place behind North Carolina and Georgia Tech, accumulating 130 points.
Junior Natalie Hughes (Palisade, CO/Palisade) and senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrews) won the 1500m and 5000m event titles on the women’s side and seniors Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) and Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) and) took home event championships in the 200m and 400m dash events. The men’s 4x400m relay team won the outdoor title, on the legs of freshman Antonio Cromartie (Tallahassee, FL/Lincoln), senior Joe Paiva (Levittown, PA/Truman), sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) and Campbell.
Campbell, who finished as the 400m runner-up last season, added his third individual conference title to his collection that includes the 2004 ACC Indoor 400m Championship and the 800m event win in 2002. Campbell also ran a leg of the 4x400m relay team that won indoor titles in 2003 and 2004. Cromartie, who led all runners in the 400m yesterday, placed second in the event in a personal best time of 46.62.
Dzingai, who qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games last weekend, placed second in 200m dash in last season’s outdoor meet and won the event at the 2004 indoor conference championships. Dzingai finished second in the 100m dash, racing alongside freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph) – 10.71 and sophomore Ricky Argro (Orlando, FL/Lyman) – 10.90. Junior Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo) and Nabe also competed in the 200m, placing in the top ten with times of 21.18 and 21.57.
Hughes won the event for the first time in three seasons, after winning All-American honors in the event twice. Gill and fellow senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen), also running in the event, finished in times of 4:22 and 4:24.47, to put points on the board for the women’s team.
Curry and junior Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) finished 2-3 in the triple jump, posting distances of 51’4.25″ (15.65m) and 50’10.25″ (15.50m). Sophomore Shawn Allen (Crystal River, FL/Seven Rivers Christian) tied a season-best mark of 6’8.75″ (2.05m) in the high jump, finishing fifth overall.
Despite sophomore Andrew Diakos (Naples, FL/Barron-Collier) throwing a lifetime best of 192’7″ (58.71m) in the hammer, the Seminole finished just three feet short of an event title, taking second place in the event. Juniors Marqus Johnson (Tampa, FL/Tampa Baptist) and Dan Royal (Ft. Myers, FL/Ft. Myers) put points on the scoreboard for the second consecutive day, throwing 171’7″ (52.29m) and a season-best 160’8″ (48.97m), respectively. Royal also scored in the shot put taking fifth place with a distance of 53’3.5″ (16.24m) while Diakos added points with a mark of 51’1.5″ (15.58m).
Freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) placed third in the 1500m event with a time of 3:47.04 to put six points on the board for FSU. Senior Giscard Titus (New York City, N.Y./Auburn) placed seventh in the 800m run, finishing the race in a time of 1:53.93. Freshman Luke Beevor (Luton, England/Icknield) finished seventh in 14:58.62 in his 5000m season debut.
The men’s and women’s 4x100m relay teams finished in second place. Sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northeastern), Sterling, Dzingai and Cromartie finished the race in 40.11 while junior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, FL/Florida A&M), senior Tamara Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans), sophomore Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, GA/Stephenson) and junior Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) posted a season-best time of 45.01. Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) took third place in her final run in the conference 400m event, posting a time of 53.41 seconds. Walker took third place in the 100m and 200m dash events, recording times of 11.84 and 23.90 in the events.
The women’s 4x400m relay team of Campbell, freshman Dana Massiah (Trinidad & Tobago/Bishop Aenesty), McColumn and sophomore Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, GA/Stone Mountain) finished in second place behind Clemson in a time of 3:39.23, the second fastest this season.
Freshman Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, FL/Mandarin) threw 45’8″ (13.92m) to finish fourth in the shot put, after posting a fourth-place mark in the discus yesterday. Senior Mandy Kinney (Lawrenceville, GA/Wyoming) took eighth place in the shot put with a mark of 44’9″ (13.64m).
After leading the field yesterday, sophomore Deanna Lane (Marietta, GA/Alan C. Pope) finished in fourth place in the heptathlon, posting 4,489 points. Lane took second in the long jump (5.35m) and third in the 800m (2:35.40) but fouled her throws in the javelin.
Sophomore LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, GA/Southwest Dekalb) and Lane, competing in the 100m hurdles finished fourth and sixth in times of 13.79 and 14.16, respectively. Sophomore Kate Purcell (West Point, PA/Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) took eighth place with a throw of 129’5″ (39.44m) in the javelin event.
The Seminoles return to action next weekend where a large group will head to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, PA, from Thursday, April 22 to Saturday, April 24, 2004.
Men – 1. Clemson, 224; 2. Florida State, 176; 3. North Carolina, 104; 4. Georgia Tech, 103; 5. N.C. State, 81; 6. Virginia, 53; 7. Wake Forest, 34; 8. Duke, 23; 9. Maryland, 20.
Women – 1. North Carolina, 186.50; 2. Georgia Tech, 146; 3. Florida State, 130; 4. N.C. State, 89; 5. Wake Forest, 70; 6. Clemson, 69; 7. Virginia, 51.50; 8. Duke, 46; 9. Maryland, 28.