May 12, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The No. 21* men’s and No. 5* women’s Florida State track and field squads travel to Atlanta, GA to compete in the Georgia Tech/Reebok Invite this weekend, May 14-15, 2004. The Seminoles are looking to add more qualifiers to the list of 23 on the men’s side and 19 on the women’s team. All the relay teams have run qualifying marks.
FSU rested last weekend after returning from a dual meet against in-state rival Florida, in which the women’s squad took the team victory. The women picked up seven event wins including two relay team titles. The 4x400m team, comprised of McColumn, Massiah, Campbell and Adams, ran a season-best time of 3:38.48.
Junior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) ran a conference-leading time of 2:07.94 in the 800m event in addition to placing first in the 1500m run and second in her only 5k of the season.
Senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharpsel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen) bettered her regional qualifying mark and school record in the 3000m steeplechase, besting the remaining field of Gators by a full minute, with a time of 10:18.26.
Junior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, FL/Florida A&M) posted a season-best mark in the triple jump, jumping 39’4.5″ (12.0m). The Garnet and Gold finished in the top three in the event with sophomores LaToya Legree (Lithonia, GA/Stephenson) recording a distance of 39’5″ (11.90m) for second place and LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, GA/Southwest Dekalb) completing the sweep with a 37’6.75″ (11.45m) mark.
Junior Kimberly Walker (Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic Government) finished in first in the 100m dash in 11.94, followed by Brown with a time of 12.26 and freshman Charlene Walker in a time of 12.41, to sweep the top spots in the event. Kimberly Walker also ran a 23.88 to win the 200m dash. Freshman Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, FL/Mandarin) posted personal best marks of 155′ (47.25m) in the discus and 46’10” (14.27m) in the shot put.
Spotlight on… men’s sprints
This season, the Seminole men are putting forth a balanced attack, with three men amongst the top ten performers in the Atlantic Coast Conference in seven categories. The men’s sprint group leads the Tribe with five top ten times in the 100m dash, four in the 200m dash and two in the 400m dash. Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) leads the 200m dash, coming off indoor and outdoor conference event titles, and is third in the 100m dash – an event he lead for a large portion of the season. Sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern) joined Dzingai as a top ten member on two lists, posting regional qualifying times in the 100m (10.47) and 200m (21.16). Junior Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo) and freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee de St. Joseph) are the remaining Seminoles on the conference list with times in the 100m of 10.58 and 10.44, respectively. Sterling boasts a 21.05 in the 200m while Nabe is right behind him with a 21.24.
The relay teams hold the top spots in their events and nationally. The 39.36 400m relay time, which is currently seventh fastest in the nation, was posted at the prestigious Texas Relays on the legs of Baker, Sterling, Dzingai and Nabe. The 4×400 time (3:05.79), also run at the Texas Relays – good for 22nd in the country – was run by seniors Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans), Joe Paiva (Levittown, PA/Truman) and Antonio Martin (Sanford, FL/Sanford Seminole) and sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy).
Regionals – Here We Come!
FSU is headed to Gainesville, FL – the site of the 2004 NCAA East Regional Meet with a number of student-athletes ready to compete. The men’s squad has posted 23 regionally qualifying marks behind 19 team members joining both relay teams at the meet. Dzingai, Baker and junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) have met the regional standard in two events while, in six of the events, Florida State will send multiple representatives.
The women have locked up 19 sots with six ready to pull double duty (competing in two events). Hughes has a mark on her back as the leader in the east region in the 800m run alongside Gill, the area’s 10K leader. Hofstede and Janson are primed for upset with both sitting second in the region in the 3000m steeplechase and the pole vault, respectively. Both relay teams have run qualifying marks.
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. Dzingai won the 200m dash, Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) won the 400m dash, senior Joep Tigchelaar 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 Paiva led the men’s 4x400m relay team to a title.
Janson Wins Again
Janson has accomplished something that has never been done in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The four-time All-American won her third consecutive outdoor pole vault title, vaulting to a height of 13’7.25″ (4.15m). The title is her fifth overall in the conference (2002 Indoor, 2003 Indoor) in addition to her 2003 NCAA National Championship title.
Dzingai Headed to Athens
Dzingai stamped his ticket to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece with his lifetime-best showing at the Seminole Invite. The second-year Seminole became the first Tribe member to earn a spot after recording a 20.36 in the 200m dash, besting the automatic A-standard of 20.59 and breaking the Zimbabwe national record. For his heroics, Dzingai earned the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Performer for the week of April 5-11, 2004.