April 22, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The No. 25 men’s and No. 21 women’s Florida State track and field squads travel to Penn Relays in Philadelphia, PA from April 22 – 24, 2004. The historic Penn Relays brings together the most talented college and high school programs in the country. National powerhouses LSU and Texas, amongst other top track and field teams, are slated to attend the event in its 110th year of operation.
The Seminoles, fresh off competing at the 2004 ACC Championships this past weekend, ended the two-day event with the men in second and the women’s team in third place. The Seminoles men picked up three individual and one relay event wins while the women’s squad took three titles.
Senior Day at the ACCs
Overall, the Seminole seniors made the most of their time in Chapel Hill, N.C., bringing home four event championships titles and one relay title. Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) won the 200m dash, senior Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) won the 400m dash, senior Joep Tigchelaar (Macharen, Netherlands/Titus Branasma) won the 10,000m run and senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrews) took her first outdoor title in the 5000m run at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships this past weekend. Juniors Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL/Cardinal Mooney) and Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) also posted event wins, with Janson taking her third consecutive pole vault title and Hughes capturing her first 1500m event championship. Campbell and fellow senior Joe Paiva (Levittown, PA/Truman) led the men’s 4x400m relay team to a title.
Tribe Tops ACC Performance List
19 individuals sit at the top of the ACC Women’s Top Performances List including Janson, Hughes and Gill, who all own top spots after seven outdoor meets. Nine Garnet and Gold members hold one of the best ten mark in two categories. Hughes holds fifth place and first place in the 800m and 1500m events while Gill is the only Seminole female to sit at the top of two categories, the 5000m and 10000m. Gill’s 10K time of 32:48.63 is the fastest in the nation while her 5K mark is good enough for 11th. Janson sits at number three in the nation, first in the conference, with her height of 13’11.25″, posted at the Texas Relays.
31 men’s team members are amongst the top ten in the conference in 19 events. Eleven Seminoles are listed in two categories including Dzingai who holds the top spot in two categories (100m and 200m). Right on Dzingai’s heels are freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and Tigchelaar who are first and second and first and third in their respective events (Lancashire – 800m, 1500m, Tigchelaar – 5000m and 10000m). Junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) has two second place positions, one in the 5K and the 3000m steeplechase. Sophomore Andrew Diakos (Naples, FL/Barron-Collier) is the only male Tribe member in the top ten in three categories. Diakos is second in the hammer, fifth in the discus and eighth in the shot put.
Thursday’s events begin at 4:35 p.m. for FSU when Gill, seniors Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen), and Tamara Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) and Hughes compete in the championship distance medley relay. Also slated to compete is the 4×400 women’s team (freshman Dana Massiah (Trinidad & Tobago/Bishop Aenesty), sophomore LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, GA/Southwest Dekalb), sophomore Kim Adams (Stone Mountain, GA/Stone Mountain) and Campbell) at 5:15 p.m. and junior Eddie Rodriguez (Miami, FL/FIU) at 8:50 p.m. in the 5000m run.