Dec. 6, 2003
The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads finished the first meet of the season and the last of the semester with two Noles taking the top spot in their respective events. Senior Vicky Gill, coming off her second All-America cross country season and first track season, bested the group in the 3000m run breaking her collegiate best record by 15 seconds. Gill completed the race in a time of 9:15.68. Sophomore Rafeeq Curry, who earned a spot on the All-American team and ACC Rookie of the Year honors, won the triple jump event recording a mark of 15.65m (51’04.25).
Rachel Evjen, a transfer senior from Northwestern, competed in her first event as a Tribe member finishing in second place in the 3000m run. Sophomore Willie Johnson finished second in the triple jump posting a mark of 15.43m (50’07.50″). Sophomore transfer John Fallone finished third overall in the men’s shot put with a throw of 16.69m (54’09.25″).
On the men’s side, many of the Garnet and Gold members finished in the top 10 of their events. Junior thrower Dan Royal placed ninth in the men’s shot put with a mark of 13.87m (45’06.25). Sophomore Shawn Allen completed in the men’s high jump making it to the top ten with a spot at number 9 and a mark of 1.96m. Senior Joe Paiva finished the men’s 500m in 1:08.12, better than almost half the field. Sophomore Ricky Argro completed the triple jump event with a spot at eighth and a mark of 14.50m (47’07”).
“) SophomoreRobert Cooper ran the 800m in 1:57.16
Newcomers had their chance to shine with many competitors competing in their first events. In the men’s pole vault, newcomer Matt Hurley, ended the day in eleventh place vaulting to 4.60m (15’01) while fellow rookie Chris Nickinson completed the 3000m run in fourth place with a time of 8:42.16.
On the women’s side, sophomore LaToya Legree finished the women’s triple jump competition in fourth place with a mark of 12.43m (40’09.5″) followed by junior Sharneka Brown who completed the event in 8th place (11.89m, 39’00.25″). In the pole vault, junior Danielle Walker posted a height of 3.05m (10’00). Sophomore Deanna Lane finished the 60m hurdles event in fourth with a time of 8.71 just ahead of LaKendra McColumn who posted a mark of 9:08 for eighth. In the Mile event, sophomore Sydney Mondragon had a time of 5:25.89 for fourth place. Lane also competed in the women’s high jump, ending tied for ninth place with four other competitors at the 1.55m mark (5’01”).
Senior Mandy Kinney and Lindsey Nelson led the Nole core in the women’s shot put event finishing in eighth place with a throw of 13.43m (44’00.75″) and eleventh place with a throw of 12.89m (42’03.5″). In the 500m dash, sophomores Kim Adams, McColumn and Marla Jackson all placed in the top 20 with times of 1:18.21, 1:18.70 and 1:19.58, respectively. Evelyne-Cynthia Niako, Kim Walker and Jackson also ran the 300m run finishing in sixth place (39.58), 14th (41.29) and 16th place (42.00) for the Tribe. To end the day, the 4x400m relay team finished third besting fellow ACC opponents Clemson and Georgia Tech in a time of 3:53.67
FSU will break for the semester continuing the 2003-04 season on January 17, 2004 in Gainesville at the Florida Intercollegiate Championships.