March 20, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Day two of the FSU Relays came to a close on Thursday evening with the completion of the decathlon and heptathlon events. Freshman Deanna Lane, who entered the second day of competition in the heptathlon in third, maintained her position and finished strongly to remain in third place. Senior Gary Visser’s solid performance during the second day of competition in the decathlon moved him up four spots to finish in fourth place.
Lane’s best finish of the day came in the javelin throw competition when she placed second after establishing a mark of 100′ 3″ (30.56m). She went on to finish fourth in the 800m run at 2:32.06 and seventh in the long jump (16′ 5.75″) to finish with a second day point total of 1719 and an overall total of 4762.
Entering the second day of the decathlon, Visser sat in eighth place, 330 points behind day one leader, Liberty’s Jon DeBogory. Visser did what he could to cut into that lead with strong performances in the pole vault and 110m hurdles. His best finish of the day came in the pole vault, where Visser finished second at 15′ 1″ (4.60m). He would then place fourth in the 110m hurdles running in a time of 15.29. Visser picked up two sixth place finishes in the discus and javelin throw events and a seventh place mark in the 1500m run. By days end, Visser finished fourth only 129 points behind the decathlon winner Jon DeBogory.
In the women’s hammer throw competition, Amanda Kinney was the top performer for the Seminoles placing seventh with a season best mark of 160′ 7″ (48.84m). For the men, Josh Bowling also threw for a season best mark of 177′ 10″ (54.21m) good for third place. He was followed by fellow teammates Brian Holley in fifth (161′ 6″), Andy Diakos in sixth (161′ 4″), Dan Royal in ninth (146′ 2″) and Marqus Johnson in tenth (133′ 5″).
In two garnet division events on Thursday, Marqus Johnson won the discus throw at 168′ 6″ (51.37m). That mark was good to qualify him for the NCAA Regional Championships. Other top finishers in the discus included Josh Bowling (3rd), Dan Royal (4th), Andy Diakos (9th), and Brian Holley (12th).
Diakos was the top performer for the Garnet and Gold in the men’s shot put establishing a mark of 46′ 10.75″ (14.28m) placing him fifth. Brian Holley finished in 11th at 40′ 10.25″ (12.45m).
After two full days of competition, the Florida State women’s team sits in a tie for second, while the men’s squad is in a tie for third. Liberty University (15) and South Florida (13) are your current leaders on the men’s and women’s side respectively.
The FSU Relays continue Friday with a full schedule of events starting at 10:00 am. Track fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Seminoles as they play host to one of the biggest tournaments at Mike Long Track this season. Remember to stay tuned to seminoles.com for the latest news and complete coverage of the 2003 FSU Relays.
Final Heptathlon Standings: 1) Alexis McGaffagan - South Florida, 5088 (10) 2) Kelly Roloff - UCF, 4952 (8) 3) Deanna Land - FSU, 4762 (6) 4) Robin McClain - FAMU, 4704 (5) 5) Kelly Faber - Louisville, 4595 (4) 6) Erin Cecil - South Florida, 4440 (3) 7) Chelsea Downs - FSU, 4119 (2)
Final Decathlon Standings: 1) Jon DeBogory - Liberty, 6775 (10) 2) Shaun Meinecke - Unattached, 6696 3) Rob Bates - UNC, 6669 (6) 4) Gary Visser - FSU, 6646 (5) 5) Josh Jones - Liberty, 6601 (4) 6) Ryan Hunter - Clemson, 6575 (3) 7) Chris Gross - Clemson, 6477 (2) 8) Jordan Crawford - Liberty, 6471 (1) 9) Rick Hill - Clemson, 6426 10) Jason Montgomery - FAMU, 5343 11) Alan Dunbar - Kent State, 5245 12) Brett Perriman - FAMU, 4907 13) Brent Hobbs - Clemson, 3546 (DNF)
Women's Team Standings (Through 1 Event): 1) South Florida 13 2) Florida State 8 2) UCF 8 4) FAMU 5 5) Louisville 4
Men's Team Standings (Through 1 Event): 1) Liberty 15 2) UNC 6 3) Clemson 5 3) Florida State 5