April 18, 2003
RALEIGH, NC – The Florida State track and field team competed in day one of the ACC Outdoor Championships on Friday at Paul Deer Track on the campus of NC State. Facing 40 degree weather, light rain and a cold breeze for pretty much the entire day, the Seminoles managed four individual championships, while the men’s team came one step closer to defending their conference title with a 34 point lead heading into tomorrow’s final day of competition. The women’s team sits in third trailing second place Virginia by 19 points.
Four Seminoles defended their ACC title as Lacy Janson, Kim Jones, Jeff Atkinson and Joep Tigchelaar were all victories on day one. Freshman Garrett Johnson won his first conference title in the men’s shot put.
Senior Kim Jones successfully defended her title in the women’s long jump winning the event with a personal best mark of 21′ 2.25″ (6.46m). With the win, Jones automatically qualified for the NCAA Regional Championship.
“I was so determined to come out to this meet and work hard to win after not performing the way I would have liked at the Indoor Championships earlier this year,” said Jones. “Under the conditions with all the rain and wind, I felt I had somewhat of an advantage being from Greensboro. I knew I had to come out early and set a good mark. There were so many good athletes in this event today that could have done just as well as I did. I am just so happy to have come out on top.”
Sophomore Lacy Janson was victorious in the women’s pole vault beating out Maryland’s Natalie Dye with the bar set at 3.96m. Janson then went on to better her mark at 13′ 8.5″ (4.18m), clearing the bar on her third and final attempt.
“I am so excited about winning my second straight conference title,” said Janson. “I thought I did really well considering the conditions all the athletes had to compete in today. This is one title I want to hang on to for the next two years!”
In the men’s pole vault, senior Jeff Atkinson successfully defended his title winning the event at 16′ 4.75″ (5.00m). Patrick Gerberich, competing in his first conference outdoor championship, finished in eighth place with a mark of 14′ 11″ (4.55m).
Junior Joep Tigchelaar won his second straight 10,000m ACC title in a time of 29:56.30. After running with the pack for pretty much the entire race, Tigchelaar broke away from the rest of the group with five laps remaining and never looked back. In the women’s 10K, Misty Harper was the top Seminole performer narrowly edging out fellow teammate Allison Lind by less than one second. Harper finished fifth establishing a personal best time of 35:22.66. Lind placed sixth at 35:23.13, also a personal best.
Freshman Garrett Johnson won the men’s shot put competition having only attempted one throw. On his very first throw of the day, Johnson established a mark of 61′ 3.5″ (18.68m) which would give him the title.
“This is such a great honor and a privilege to have won the shot put, but I am just happy to have been able to help the team gain some valuable points today,” said Johnson. “My game plan heading into this event was to get one good throw that would place me toward the front. I was really trying to save myself for the discus tomorrow. I just prayed that I would get one good throw without hurting my hand and it happened. I am so fortunate I came up with such a big throw on my first attempt to win this event.”
Fellow teammate Dorian Scott finished in second with a mark of 60′ 3.75″ (18.38m), while Dan Royal rounded out the scoring for the Tribe in the shot put placing eighth with a mark of 49′ 7.25″ (15.12m).
In the men’s hammer, Josh Bowling earned All-ACC performance honors finishing in second place establishing a regional qualifying mark and personal best throw of 192′ 9″ (58.76m). Andy Diakos and Dan Royal picked up valuable points for the Seminoles finishing fourth (52.77m) and fifth (50.83m), respectively.
Senior Kolby Jones came up just a little short in his quest of a second straight conference title in the men’s long jump. He would finish in third, but set a regional qualifying mark at 24′ 1.5″ (7.35m). Ricky Argro placed sixth at 22′ 11″ (6.98m), while Willie Johnson came in seventh with his best jump of 22′ 9.75″ (6.95m).
In the women’s discus, Makiba Batten placed second at 171′ 11″ (52.40m), while Cerenity Young finished in eighth place with a personal best mark of 146′ 7″ (44.67m).
Freshman Kate Purcell picked up some valuable points for the women’s team in the javelin competition on Friday afternoon. Her best throw of 121′ 8″ (37.08m) was good for a sixth place finish. In the men’s javelin, AJ Hoy and Gary Visser finished in fifth (55.91m) and seventh (49.77m), respectively.
In high jump action, the Seminoles’ Deanna Lane was the top finisher placing fifth at 5′ 5″ (1.65m).
In preliminary action, Florida State faired very well in both the men’s and women’s events. The Seminoles qualified three athletes in the men’s 100m dash with Craphonso Thorpe leading the way at 10.60. Joining him in the finals will be Kolby Jones and Brian Dzingia. Look for the men to pick up some valuable points in the 200m dash as they qualified an event high four Seminoles for Saturday’s final. Competing in tomorrow’s final will be Cedrick Robinson, Sean Campbell, Thorpe and Dzingia. Robinson and Campbell will also see some running time in the 400m dash final. Giscard Titus was the lone member of the Garnet and Gold to qualify in the 800m final, running in a time of 1:52.03. Senior Maarten van den Heuvel will look to defend his title in the 1500m run on Saturday. He finished eighth Friday afternoon in a time of 3:53.10.
On the women’s side, Kim Walker will run in both the 100m and 200m finals on Saturday. Joining Walker in the 200m will be Evelyne Niako, who currently holds the fastest time on the team at 24.14. Niako will also run in the 400m dash along side teammate Tamara Campbell. Senior Laura Gerber won her preliminary race in the 800m in a time of 2:08.28, the second fastest time recorded in that event on the day. Vicky Gill will represent the Tribe in the 1500m run on Saturday.
In the hurdle events, LaKendra McColumn qualified for both the 100m and 400m hurdles, while Kim Jones ran the fastest time of the day in the 100m hurdles to advance to Saturday’s final. The men’s team placed all four runners in Saturday’s final with senior Danyne Brown leading the way. He was followed by Joe Paiva, Nabavi Oliver and Joclyn Worrell.
Freshman Deanna Lane will enter day two of competition with the lead in the heptathlon with 3180 total points. Chelsea Downs currently sits in seventh for the Seminoles. In the decathlon event, Gary Visser is in eighth place with a total of 3180 points.
The Garnet and Gold will be back in action on Saturday for the final day of competition at the ACC Outdoor Championships. For complete results, stayed tuned to seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State Seminoles.
Here is a look at the point standings after Day One of competition:
Men's Rankings (Through 7 events): 1) Florida State 74 2) NC State 40 3) Clemson 39 4) Virginia 34 5) North Carolina 28 6) Georgia Tech 26 7) Duke 20 8) Wake Forest 12
Women's Ranking (Through 8 events): 1) North Carolina 107 2) Virginia 64 3) Florida State 45 4) Clemson 26 5) NC State 21 6) Georgia Tech 16 7) Maryland 11 7) Wake Forest 11 9) Duke 10