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Seminole Track & Field Ranked In The Top 10 Nationally In Nine Events Heading Into The ACC Championships

April 18, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to the University of Virginia to compete in the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Lannigan Field, April 19-20 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


The Seminoles are ranked in the top 10 nationally in nine events entering this weekend’s championship meet. In addition, the women’s team owns the top ACC mark in five events, while the men are tops in four events.





Head coach Terry Long will look to win his second women’s ACC title and first men’s title this weekend.



WOMEN’S PREVIEW


This weekend the Lady Seminoles will look to improve on their fifth-place finish at the 2002 ACC indoor championships. Momentum will be on their side however, as the Lady Seminoles ended the 2002 indoor season in strong fashion with two athletes earning All-America honors to help the squad finish 42nd in the nation. The indoor All-America honorees, Kim Jones (Greensboro, NC) and Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla.), will team up with Teresa Bundy (Cleveland, Ohio) and Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England) to better last season’s third-place finish and hopefully capture their second ACC outdoor title.


Women’s Track Events
If the Lady Seminoles want to compete for the conference title, their sprinters must perform up to expectations. The sprint corps is led by Bundy, who is ranked No. 1 in the conference in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.58 and 23.80, respectively. Fellow ACC honor roll members Nakeya Crutchfield (Coatesville, Penn.) and Kimberly Walker (Trinidad-Tobago) join Bundy in the 100m to score important team points. Crutchfield and Bundy will team up again in the 200m.


The strength of the sprinters is evident in the relay events. The 4×100 relay squad of Bundy, Jones, Crutchfield and Walker are ranked 10th in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 44.74. The 4×400 team is second in the ACC at 3:43.49.


Rounding out the sprinters is Tamara Campbell (Orlando, Fla.), who is the lone Lady Seminole to break into the top 10 in the ACC, and a top finish will be helpful in the team’s success.


The distance runners are led by Gill, who automatically qualified in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 33:59.67. Gill’s 10k time ranks her seventh in the nation. She will also battle for a conference title in the 5K run.


The 3,000m steeplechase will feature Suzanne Shepherd (Ellis, Kan.), who is ranked in the ACC top 10 with a time of 11:13.65.


Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, Colo.) will anchor the middle distance events. She is ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in both the 800m (2:08.30) and 1,500m runs (4:25.00).


Jones, who won the 60m hurdles title at the indoor meet, will be the Tribes’ best chance for scoring in the hurdles. Jones is second in the ACC with a NCAA provisional time of 13.56.





Kim Jones will look to win her second ACC title of 2002 after taking the indoor crown for the 60m hurldes.


Karen Rademeyer (Tulsa, Okla.) and Chelsea Downs (Ormond Beach, Fla.), are both members of the ACC honor roll in the heptathlon and will look to score points for the team.


Women’s Field Events
The field events will prove to be a strength for the Lady Seminoles this weekend. Bundy, Janson and Jones are each ranked in the top 10 in nation in their events.


Bundy triple jumped the second-best mark this season of 43-10.00 to rank her third in the nation and first in the ACC. Bundy will ride her success at this weekend’s meet all the way to the NCAAs after automatically qualifying.


The pole vault is the deepest event for the Lady Seminoles and should be one of their best events this weekend. Janson, a 2002 NCAA Indoor All-American, broke the school record and automatically qualified for NCAAs with a vault of 13-07.25. The height ranks her fourth in the nation and first in the conference. Megan Robbins (Edmond, Okla.) is planning on joining Janson at NCAAs after clearing a provisional mark of 12-05.5. Ashley Moye (Wauchula, Fla.) and Carrie Crandall (Jacksonville, Fla.) join Janson and Robbins on the ACC honor roll and will contribute in the team’s scoring.





2002 Indoor All-American Lacy Janson will go for her second ACC crown this weekend in the pole vault.



Jones, who won All-America honors at the 2002 NCAA indoor meet, turned in the fifth-best long jump mark in school history at 20-06.5 to provisionally qualify for NCAAs. The mark ranks Jones eighth in the nation and second in the ACC. Jones captured the title at the 2002 ACC indoor meet earlier in the year.


Amanda Kinney (Lawenceville, Ga.) will represent the Lady Seminoles in the throws. She currently ranks in the ACC top 10 in the shot put and discus. Rademeyer will compete in the javelin throw and is also a member of the ACC honor roll.


MEN’S PREVIEW


At the 2002 ACC indoor meet, the Seminoles proved to be a force to reckon with after placing second. Returning All-American Shawn Brown (Tampa, Fla.) will lead a strong group of sprinters, distance runners and field eventers that will make a run for the title at the outdoor meet.


Men’s Track Events
The Seminole sprinters sport an impressive nine ACC honor times between the three sprint events. Cedrick Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) leads the way for the Tribe with top times in the 200m and 400m dashes at 21.18 and 46.47, respectively. Craphonso Thorpe (Tallahassee, Fla.), who is also a member of the FSU football team, owns the team’s best 100m-dash time at 10.52 and second-best 200m time at 21.25. Michael Jennings (Jacksonville, Fla.) is the constant among the group, being the only sprinter with ACC honor times in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. Kolby Jones (West Des Moines, Iowa) will look to be the third scorer for the Tribe in the 100m.







Michael Jennings will hope to qualify for NCAAs for the second-straight season this weekend.


The relay teams will also provide strong points for the Seminoles. The Tribe’s 4x400m relay team is ranked seventh in the nation and first in the ACC at 3:05.65. The 4x100m squad is second in the ACC with a time of 40.39.


Sean Campbell (Orlando, Fla.) and Maarten van den Heuvel (Warnsveld, Netherlands) will head-up the middle distance runners. Campbell sports the team’s best 800m time at 1:49.16 and is also in the ACC top 10 for the 400m at 46.99. In addition to Campbell, three other Seminoles are ranked in the ACC’s honor roll for the 800m, making it the Tribe’s deepest track event. The 800m runners are 2001 champion van den Heuvel, David Johnson (Tifton, Ga.) and Wade Brett (Port Lavaca, Texas).


Van den Heuvel is ranked sixth in the nation in the 1,500-meter run with a NCAA provisional time of 3:43.10 and will be the Tribe’s main threat in the event.


Joep Tigchelaar (The Netherlands) will be the main attraction in the distance events. Tigchelaar is ranked eighth in the 10,000-meter run with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 28:55.36. In addition to the 10k, Tigchelaar is on the ACC honor roll for the 5k. Tommy Kunish (Pensacola, Fla.) joins Tigchelaar on the honor roll for both the 10k and 5k. Nate Adams (Longwood, Fla.) rounds out the distance field for the Tribe and will be looked upon to score in the 10k.


Gary Visser (Orlando, Fla.) will represent the Seminoles in the decathlon and is second in the conference with a score of 5929.


Men’s Field Events
The Seminoles will gain important points from their field eventers this weekend as four athletes have turned in NCAA provisional marks, with two ranked in the nation’s top 10. The two nationally ranked athletes are high jumpers Christian Bland (No. 8) and Brown (No. 9). Brown, who has won three-straight All-America titles in the high jump has battled injuries this season. Bland (Seabrook, Texas) has emerged a threat to for the ACC title with a season-best mark of 7-02.25.


Jeff Atkinson (Coral Springs, Fla.), who won the 2002 indoor title, leads the pole vaulters with a provisional mark of 17-02.75. Jared Sweetster (Sarasota, Fla.) and Brooks Weber (Clermont, Fla.) join Atkinson on the ACC honor roll and will be counted on to score points.


Jones owns the top long jump mark in the ACC at 24-02.75. Fellow honor roll member Mario Lowe (Lithonia, Ga.) will join him in hopes of scoring valuable points.


Lowe’s strength is the triple jump, which he has provisionally qualified for NCAAs in with an ACC-best mark of 51-09.25.





Triple jumper Mario Lowe has provisionally qualified for the NCAAs with the best mark in the ACC.



Dorian Scott (Springfield, NJ) leads the way in the shot put with a team-best mark of 57-06.50. Dan Royal (Ft. Myers, Fla.) is also in the ACC top 10 and will plan to score.


Marqus Johnson (Tampa, Fla.), Josh Bowling (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Royal are all on the ACC honor roll for the discus throw, making it the Seminole’s top throwing event.


In the hammer throw, look for B.J. Linnenbrink (Leawood, Kan.) and Bowling to both score, as each are ranked in the ACC’s top 10 for the event.


Visser rounds out the field event athletes and will compete in the javelin throw.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, April 19, 2002
9:30 AM Women's Hammer Trials & Finals
11:30 AM HEPTATHLON
12:00 AM DECATHLON
12:00 AM Men's Javelin Trials & Finals
1:00 PM Women's Pole Vault Trials & Finals
2:00 PM Women's Javelin Trials & Finals
2:00 PM Men's Long Jump Trials & Finals
2:10 PM Women's 1500m Trials
2:25 PM Men's 1500m Trials
2:50 PM Women's 100m Hurdles Trials
3:05 PM Men's 110m Hurdles Trials
3:30 PM Women's Long Jump Trials & Finals
3:20 PM Women's 400m Trials
3:35 PM Men's 400m Trials
3:50 PM Women's 100m Trials
4:00 PM Men's Pole Vault Trials & Finals
4:05 PM Men's 100m Trials
4:20 PM Women's 800m Trials
4:30 PM Men's Discus Trials & Finals
4:35 PM Men's 800m Trials
4:50 PM Women's 400m Hurdles Trials
5:05 PM Men's 400m Hurdles Trials
5:20 PM Women's 200m Trials
5:35 PM Men's 200m Trials
5:50 PM Women's 3000m Steeplechase Finals
6:05 PM Men's 3000m Steeplechase Finals
6:20 PM Women's 10,000m Finals
6:30 PM Women's Discus Trials & Finals
7:00 PM Men's 10,000m Finals

Saturday, April 20, 2002 9:30 AM Men's Hammer Trials & Finals 11:00 AM DECATHLON 12:00 PM HEPTATHLON 12:00 PM Women's Shot Put Trials & Finals 12:00 PM Men's High Jump Trials & Finals 1:00 PM Women's Triple Jump Trials & Finals 1:00 PM Women's 4x100m Relay Finals 1:10 PM Men's 4x100m Relay Finals 1:20 PM Women's 1500m Finals 1:30 PM Men's 1 500m Finals 1:40 PM Women's 100m Hurdles Finals 1:50 PM Men's 110m Hurdles Finals 2:00 PM Men's Shot Put Trials & Finals 2:00 PM Men's Triple Jump Trials & Finals 2:00 PM Women's 400m Finals 2:10 PM Men's 400m Finals 2:20 PM Women's 100m Finals 2:30 PM Men's 100m Finals 2:40 PM Women's 800m Finals 2:50 PM Men's 800m Finals 3:00 PM Women's High Jump Trials & Finals 3:00 PM Women's 400m Hurdles Finals 3:10 PM Men's 400m Hurdles Finals 3:20 PM Women's 200m Finals 3:30 PM Men's 200m Finals 3:40 PM Women's 5000m Finals 4:05 PM Men's 5000m Finals 4:30 PM Women's 4x400m Relay Finals 4:40 PM Men's 4x400m Relay 4:50 PM AWARDS PRESENTATION

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