February 22, 2003 - by
Men’s Track & Field Team Captures ACC Indoor Championship

Feb. 22, 2003


CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Florida State men’s track and field team captured their second ACC Indoor Championship at the Dick Taylor Track in Chapel Hill, NC on Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles entered the final day of competition with a 16 point lead over tournament host North Carolina, an advantage they would not relinquish as they finished a solid 24 points ahead of second place Clemson. On the women’s side, the Lady Seminoles competed to a third place finish, two spots better then at last year’s Indoor Championship. The Seminoles also garnered four more individual conference championships, as well as two team championships on Saturday; bringing their overall total to nine ACC Championships on the weekend.


For the men, senior Jeff Atkinson defended his title in the pole vault competition winning the event with a mark of 17′ 0.75″ (5.20m), a season best. Also in the pole vault, senior Jared Sweetser picked up valuable points for the Seminoles finishing in a tie for fourth place after vaulting to a height of 15′ 9.75″ (4.82m).


Freshman Rafeeq Curry continued his dominance in the men’s triple jump competition as he won his first ACC title establishing an NCAA provisional mark of 52′ 0″ (15.85m), while fellow teammate Willie Johnson finished in eighth (48′ 10″, 14.88m) for the Seminoles.


Florida State accumulated its third individual championship when senior Maarten van den Heuvel ran to a first place finish in the one-mile run with a season best time of 4:08.75, followed by an eighth place finish by junior Giscard Titus.


In other men’s action, the Seminoles dominated the weight throw competition taking four of eight spots. The top finisher for the Tribe was senior Josh Bowling, who placed third after establishing a season best mark of 57′ 9″ (17.60m). Junior’s Marqus Johnson, Dan Royal, and Dorian Scott rounded out spots five through seven in the men’s weight throw.


In the men’s sprint events, senior Danyne Brown finished in second with a time of 8.11 in the 60m hurdles. Sophomore Craphonso Thorpe saw action in two final events for the Seminoles picking up a fourth place finish in the 60m dash and then sixth place in the 200m dash. Junior Brian Dizingia was the top finisher for the Garnet and Gold in the 200m dash with a fifth place mark in a time of 22.01.


In women’s action, senior Kim Jones retained her title in the 60m hurdles after running to an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and a personal best time of 8.21. She also went on to place seventh in the 60m dash for the Seminoles.


Junior Tamara Campbell placed second in the 400m dash finishing in a time of 54.88, while sophomore Natalie Hughes ran to a third place finish in the one-mile run for Florida State.


The Garnet and Gold finished out the tournament garnering two team titles in the men and women’s 4×400 relay. The men’s team of freshmen Derrick Baker and Rafeeq Curry, junior Sean Campbell and senior Cedrick Robinson ran to a first place finish establishing a time of 3:14.30. Freshmen Evelyne-Cynthia Niako, Marla Jackson, and Kim Adams, and junior Tamara Campbell took home the women’s title running in a time of 3:42.91.


To see how the rest of the Seminoles faired in the final day of the 2003 ACC Indoor Championships, check out the schedule link at the top of the page and then click on complete results from all of today’s action in Day 2 of competition in Chapel Hill, NC.

                    Men - Team Rankings - 16 Events Scored
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    1) Florida State              135.50     2) Clemson                   111.50
    3) Georgia Tech               105.50     4) North Carolina             99
    5) NC State                    84.50     6) Duke                       36
    7) Virginia                    28        8) Wake Forest                19
    9) Maryland                     5

                    Women - Team Rankings - 16 Events Scored
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    1) North Carolina             129.50     2) Georgia Tech              110.50
    3) Florida State               85        4) Virginia                   74.50
    5) NC State                    66        6) Wake Forest                53
    7) Duke                        40.50     8) Maryland                   37
    9) Clemson                     27
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