April 13, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The No. 21 men’s and No. 23 women’s Florida State track and field squads head to Belk Track and Fetzer Field on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, this Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, 2004 to defend the men’s title and contend for the first women’s title in school history.
The men’s team successfully defended its title as conference champions at the Paul Derr Track on the campus of N.C. State. Head coach Terry Long, in the final year of 19 seasons as head coach of the Seminoles and over 30 years of association with the program, ended his tenure on top – winning the second title in FSU’s ten-year history in the conference. On the men’s side, only one of six Tribe members who won ACC event titles return with this season’s squad.
The women ended the 2003 ACC Championships meet in second place behind UNC. The lone Seminole who took home an event title returning this season is Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL/Cardinal Mooney) in the pole vault. The three-time All-American won the event after vaulting to a height of 13’8.5″. The Tribe swept the relays for event wins behind Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (4x100m, 4x400m), Tamara Campbell (4x400m), Laura Gerber (4x400m), Kim Jones (4x100m), Shauna Quinn (4x100m, 4x400m) and Kim Walker (4x100m).
Dzingai Headed to Athens
Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) stamped his ticket to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece with his lifetime-best showing at the Seminole Invite. The second-year Seminole became the first Tribe member to earn a spot after recording a 20.36 in the 200m dash, besting the automatic A-standard of 20.59 and breaking the Zimbabwe national record. For his heroics, Dzingai earned the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Performer for the week of April 5-11, 2004.
Niako At the Top of the ACC
Sophomore Evelyne Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, GA/Stephenson) recorded a personal best of 23.62 en route to winning the 200m dash event at the Seminole Invite, held at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex. Niako, who was one of two freshmen to qualify for nationals last weekend, joined fellow sprinters Tamara Campbell (400m dash) and Kim Walker on the list of competitors at the NCAA East Regional. The second-year, one-time All- American missed qualifying in the 400m dash by .01 seconds, running a 54.62.
FSU Men Carries Four-Title Win Streak to Chapel Hill
The Seminoles won the 2003 Indoor and Outdoor Atlantic Coast Conference men’s track and field titles while the women finished third and second. With the addition of the 2004 ACC Men’s Indoor conference title, Florida State is in the midst of four consecutive men’s conference titles (2002 Outdoor, 2003 Indoor and Outdoor, 2004 Indoor).