June 10, 2004
Austin, TX – Despite waiting a day to compete, the Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads showed those in attendance at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships that the Seminoles are ready for the national stage. The men’s 4x100m relay led all teams in the preliminary race, running the fastest time in school history and tying the nation’s best mark this season. Senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrews) earned her fifth All-America honor, taking second place in the 10000m run in 34:02.31. In the senior’s final race as a Seminole, she was the runner-up to the collegiate record holder in the event, Stanford’s Alicia Craig.
“Vicky ran an incredible race to end her career,” said head coach Bob Braman. “(Gill) put up a phenomenal effort to in her last race with FSU.”
The men’s 4x100m relay set a new school record, running a 38.92 to best the field in the preliminary race. The mark ties the fastest time in the NCAA this season run by Arizona State at the West Regional and demolishes the Florida State record (39.02) which was set by the same relay team at the East Regional meet. Sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern), junior Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo), senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) and freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph) ran for the Seminoles.
“Overall, the men had an extremely good day,” said head coach Bob Braman. “Brian was Brian – he ran great. He qualified with such a fast time. (Tom) Lancashire, the last guy in the meet, 27th in the event, gets into the top 12 and puts himself in a position to put points on the board for the team.”
Dzingai went on to run a personal best 20.12 to finish second in the 200m dash. The time is the second fastest time in school history behind Mike Roberson’s 19.95 posted in 1980. Dzingai, who qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games earlier this season, finished second to Arkansas’ Tyson Gay.
Freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) finished the preliminary 1500m race in 12th place with a time of 3:47.39.
Junior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) narrowly missed qualifying for the 1500m finals, running a 4:21.38 to finish in 13th place. Senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen) ran an 11:20.73 in the 3000m Steeplechase.
The Seminoles start Friday’s running events schedule with the 4x100m relay at 7:10 p.m. Senior Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) races in the 400m dash at 8:35 p.m. Junior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL/Cardinal Mooney) gets a second chance to compete for the women’s pole vault title, beginning tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. The preliminary round of the men’s triple jump, featuring the Tribe’s triple jump tandem of sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) and junior Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater), starts at 8:30 p.m.
For more information and updated results, please visit www.texassports.com/results/ncaa2004 or www.ncaasports.com.