April 29, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The No. 25 men’s and No. 21 women’s Florida State track and field squads will spend Sunday afternoon, May 2, 2004 in Gainesville competing against the No. 3/7 men’s and women’s Florida Gator squads. While the challenge of facing one of the top programs in the country is daunting, FSU has had success at Percy Beard Stadium. Four Seminoles qualified for NCAA East Regionals, which will take place in Gainesville, at the Florida Relays held March 25-27, 2004.
This past weekend the Seminoles traveled to the historic Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The meet, in its 110th year of existence, brings together the most talented college and high school programs in the country. Senior Marqus Johnson (Tampa, FL/Tampa Baptist) came out of the weekend with a second place showing in the men’s discus competition while freshman Luke Beevor (Luton, England/Icknield) took seventh overall in a season-best time of 14:32.72 in the 5000m run.
Tribe Tops ACC Performance List
19 individuals are in the top ten of 19 categories on the 2004 ACC Women’s Top Performances List including Janson, Hughes and Gill, who all own top spots after ten outdoor meets. Ten Garnet and Gold members hold top ten spots in two categories while senior Mandy Kinney (Lawrenceville, GA/Wyoming) and Gill hold places in three categories. Kinney has marks of 45’1.75″, 140’8″ and 161’11” in three statistical categories – shot put, discus and hammer throw. Gill is the only Seminole to sit at the top of two categories, the 5000m and 10000m. Gill’s 10K time of 32:48.63 is the fastest in the nation while her 5K mark is good enough for 13th. Hughes holds fifth place and first place in the 800m and 1500m events. Janson sits at number four in the nation with her height of 13’11.25″, posted at the Texas Relays.
Junior Kimberly Walker (Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic) sits in third in the 100m dash with a time of 11.59 and sixth in the 200m with a time of 23.86. Sophomore Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, GA/Stephenson) is in third in the 200m dash with a personal best time of 23.62 while joining senior Tamara Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) in the 400m, where they have times of 54.62 and 53.41, respectively. Junior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, FL/Florida A&M) posts an 11.94 in the 100m dash to go with her 39’2.5″ mark in the triple jump. Sophomore LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, GA/Southwest Dekalb) takes two places, one in the 100m hurdles – third place – and another in the 400m hurdles – fourth. Thrower Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, FL/Mandarin) boasts throws of 46’1.5″ and 154’5″ the shot put and discus.
28 men’s team members are amongst the top ten in the conference in 16 events. Ten Seminoles are listed in two categories including Dzingai who holds the top spot in two categories (100m and 200m). Right on Dzingai’s heels are freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and Tigchelaar who are first and second and first and third in their respective events (Lancashire – 800m, 1500m; Tigchelaar – 5000m, 10000m). Junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) has two top three marks, second place in the 5K and third in the 3000m steeplechase. Sophomore Andrew Diakos (Naples, FL/Barron-Collier) is the only male Tribe member in the top ten in three categories. Diakos is second in the hammer, sixth in the discus and eighth in the shot put.