April 8, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field program will host the final home meet of the season, inviting high school and college teams to the Seminole Invite, taking place at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex from Friday, April 9 to Saturday, April 10. Competitors from Florida A&M, North Florida, West Florida and Western Kentucky will all be competing in the intercollegiate portion of the meet against FSU.
Tribe Members Amongst the Tops in the Nation
Eight Seminole men and two relay teams against six female individuals are listed in the top 25 marks in the country. In the top five in their respective events are senior Joep Tigchelaar (Macharen, Netherlands/Titus Brandsma Lyceum) – third in the 5k and juniors Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL/Cardinal Mooney) – third in the pole vault and Natalie Hughes (Palisades, CO/Palisade) also third, in the 1500m run. Sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fl/ACE Academy) used a record-tying mark to earn his third place spot in the national spotlight. Senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen) join Hughes in the 1500m run, twelve spots down, in 15th place. The men’s relays are in fifth (4x100m) and ninth (4x400m) places in the country. Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) and Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph’s) sit at 13th and 26th in the 100m dash event while junior Kimberly Walker (Trinidad and Tobago/Polytechnic) is in 13th on the women’s side. Nabe is the fifth fastest freshman in the country. Junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) rounds out the Seminoles in the top competitors in the nation with a 22nd-place spot in the 5000m run.
Walker Excels at Georgia Tech Invite
Junior Kimberly Walker (Trinidad and Tobago/PolyTechnic) posted personal best marks in the 100m and 200m dash events. Walker, who sits at third and fourth, respectively in her events, qualified for the NCAA East Regionals with her event winning marks.
Curry Earns ACC Honors
Sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) was named ACC Outdoor Performer of the Week for March 28- April 3, 2004, after tying the school record in the triple jump at the Texas Relays, this past weekend. The three-time All-American jumped to 54’6″ to equal a twelve-year old school record, previously set by Kelsey Nash at the 1992 ACC Outdoor Championships.
Seminole Siblings Headed to Regionals
The brother-sister tandem of Sean and Tamara Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) are having a great senior season. Tamara, a redshirt senior sprinter, is currently 14th in the nation and second in the conference in the 400m dash with a time of 53.99. Her season-best mark (53.99) was set at the Florida Relays, earning her a spot at the NCAA East Regionals (taking place in Gainesville). Sean, reigning ACC Indoor 400m Champion, also posted a regional qualifying time at the Florida Relays, running 46.57. His mark places him at sixth in the nation in the outdoor event and first in the conference.