May 11, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team ended their home meet season on a positive note Saturday, winning ten individual events and adding three more names to the qualifying list for the NCAA East Regional Championships. Sophomore Natalie Hughes was one of the regional qualifiers winning the women’s 1500m in a time of 4:27.02. It was the fastest time recorded in the 1500m for Hughes this season. Anne Clinton placed third in the 1500m, finishing with a personal best time of 4:37.69.
In the men’s hurdle competition, Danyne Brown was the top finisher for the Seminoles in both the 110m and 400m hurdles. He recorded a personal best time and improved on his regional qualifying mark in the 110m at 13.93. Brown would then finish in third in the 400m with a time of 51.48. Junior Nabavi Oliver earned his first regional qualifying berth in the 400m hurdles running fourth in a personal best time of 52.25. Joe Paiva also turned in a personal best run in the 400m hurdles placing fifth in a time of 52.31.
Senior Cedrick Robinson had a good meet compiling two top five finishes. He placed second in the 200m dash in a personal best time of 20.90. He then crossed the finish line in the 400m dash earning another personal best time of 46.76. Sean Campbell was the top finisher in the 400m placing second in a personal best time of 46.52.
Sophomore Lacy Janson won her fifth pole vault competition of the season on Saturday afternoon. She recorded a height of 13′ 0.25″ (3.97m) to win the event. On the men’s side, Jeff Atkinson and Patrick Gerberich tied for the top spot each achieving a mark of 16′ 0.75″ (4.90m).
The Tribe took the top two spots in the men’s long jump with senior Kolby Jones winning the competition with a season best jump of 24′ 3″ (7.39m), while Willie Johnson jumped to a personal best mark of 23′ 6.75″ (7.18m). Johnson then recorded another personal best mark, this time in the men’s triple jump. He placed third at 50′ 8″ (15.44m). Freshman Rafeeq Curry placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 51′ 2.25″ (15.60m), his second best jump of 2003.
In other field results, Dorian Scott won the men’s shot put at 59′ 11.75″ (18.27m), while Garrett Johnson took the discus event with his mark of 175′ 0″ (53.33m). The garnet and gold went one, two in the men’s hammer with Josh Bowling and Andy Diakos, respectively. Bowling won the event with a throw of 188′ 5″ (57.44m). Diakos then received his first East Regional qualifying berth of 2003 in the hammer with a mark of 182′ 6″ (55.63m). On the women’s side, Kim Jones won the long jump competition at 20′ 4.5″ (6.21m). Freshman Latoya Legree took the triple jump with a regional qualifying distance of 40′ 6.25″ (12.35m).
Other top five finishers for Florida State included in the women’s 400m: Kim Adams, second place (55.71); in the women’s 100m hurdles: Kim Jones, second (13.30), LaKendra McColumn, fourth (13.92), Deanna Lane, fifth (14.28); men’s 800m: Phillip Daniels, first (1:52.32), Robert Cooper, fourth (1:53.41); men’s 1500m: Giscard Titus, second (3:56.12), Kevin Cook, third (3:57.73); men’s 3000m Steeplechase: Dave Guerra, second (9:36.83); women’s high jump: Diana Klimikewicz, fourth (1.60m), Deanna Lane, fifth (1.55m); women’s discus: Makiba Batten, second (52.50m); women’s javelin: Kate Purcell, second (39.34m); men’s high jump: Shawn Allen, second (1.97m); men’s long jump: Courtney Wright, fourth (7.11m), Ricky Argro, fifth (7.02m); men’s shot put: Garrett Johnson, second (18.12m); men’s discus: Dan Royal, second (49.10m).
The Florida State track and field team will return to action next weekend for their final meet before heading to the NCAA East Regional Championships on May 30-31. The Seminoles will travel to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the Reebok Invitational, May 16-17.