May 14, 2004
Tallahassee – The No. 21* and 5* Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads headed to Atlanta, GA for the last meet before the NCAA Championship season begins, to compete at the Georgia Tech Invitational at George C. Griffin Track from May 14-15, 2004.
Junior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) won the 1500m run with her second best time of the season, 4:16.68. Senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen) ran a personal best 4:20.58 to finish tenth among a field of 50 in the same event.
“We had a good night tonight,” said first-year head coach Bob Braman. “Natalie beat a good field with a few All-Americans. Tom and Helen also had good runs bettering their personal best marks.”
Junior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL/Cardinal Mooney) vaulted to 13’3.5″ (4.05m) to best the field of competitors and pick up her third event win of the season. Janson also won the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Pole Vault title and another championship at the Florida Dual meet.
Sophomore Kate Purcell (West Point, PA/Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) threw her second farthest mark of the season at 140’7″ (42.86) in the javelin throw, good for fifth place.
Freshman Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, FL/Mandarin) set a new personal best record with her shot put throw of 47’3.50″ (14.41m), bettering her regional qualifying mark of 46’10” (14.27m).
Freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) ran a personal best time of 3:43.31 in the 1500m, coming in seventh overall. Freshman Luke Beevor (Luton, Bedfordshire, England/Icknield) took second place in the 5000m run, posting a time of 14:49.55.
The Seminoles return to action tomorrow with the 9:00 a.m. start for the hammer throw. The running events begin at 3:00 p.m. with the 110m hurdles trials.
For more results, visit the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket’s track and field website at ramblinwreck.collegesports.com.
*Note: Team rankings are from USATF Power Rankings.