March 29, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads returned home with a number of regional qualifiers this weekend, including two who posted breakout marks for the season. Senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrews) and senior Joep Tigchelaar (Macharen, Netherlands/Titus Branasma) broke school records and finished in the top six in their respective events at the Stanford Invitational to earn ACC Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the week honors of March 21-28, 2004. This is the first honor for both for the outdoor track season. Gill earned the honors during the 2003 cross country season and most recently during the first week of the indoor season, after automatically qualifying for nationals.
“Our All-Americans ran like All-Americans,” said head coach Bob Braman. “Joep and Vicky are two very special athletes. Competitors like those two only come around so often. They are great seniors who work extremely hard and are worthy of the conference honor.”
Tigchelaar set the school record and posted a personal best mark in the 5000m event finishing the 5K course in 13:46.01. Tigchelaar, who broke a 32-year-old record in 2003, shattered the previous mark of 13:53.26 set by Herb Willis in 1982. The time also adds Tigchelaar to the list of regional qualifiers. The 2003 All-America runner posted the fastest time in the conference in three years.
“This is Joep’s third consecutive year winning the honor after running at Stanford,” said the first-year head track and field coach and fourth-year cross country leader.
Gill won the 10000m run in a time of 32:48.63, good for an NCAA East Regional qualifying mark. Gill’s time set a new school record, marking the third time the third-year Seminole has broken it.
“Joep and Vicky spend their training time focusing on running their best at this meet,” continued the men’s ACC Cross Country Coach of the Year. “They use this meet to set themselves up for a great remainder of the season.”
The Seminoles head to Atlanta, GA to compete at the Georgia Tech Invite from April 1-3, 2004. A small contingent of Seminoles will also travel to the Texas Relays to face some of the top teams in the nation and add more regional qualifiers to the already growing list.