May 2, 2004 - by
Seminole Women’s Track Upsets Florida

Gainesville, FL – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads traveled to Gainesville, FL on Sunday, May 2, 2004 to compete against the Florida Gators. The women won by seven points, 104-97 while the men’s team was edged by UF 126-73. The Tribe women picked up seven event wins including both relays while the men took two events.

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.

Senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrew’s) finished the 5000m run in first (17:41.50) and placed second in the 1500m run (4:46.26) while junior Natalie Hughes (Palisade, CO/Palisade) won the 1500m (4:46.25) and posted two second place finishes – 800m (2:07.94) and 5000m (17:41.61). Hughes’ 800m run time was a season best time.

Freshman Charlene Walker (Orlando, Fl/Edgewater) won the long jump event with a personal best mark of 19’3.25″. Junior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL/Cardinal Mooney) took the pole vault easily with a mark of 13’1.5″ (4.0m), besting three Gators to take the event win. Sophomore
Kate Purcell (West Point, PA/Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) won the javelin with a throw of 128’1 (39.04m) while fellow classmate Deanna Lane (Marietta, GA/ Stephenson) took second on her mark of 109’1 (33.24m).

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 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.

The women’s team swept the relays winning both over the Gators, taking the 4x100m event in 46.82 behind the legs of Brown, Campbell, Niako and Walker. The 4x400m team, comprised of McColumn, Massiah, Campbell and Adams, ran a season-best time of 3:38.48.

Sophomore John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) threw a conference-leading, personal best mark of 59’8.50″ (18.20m) to take the shot put event for the Tribe. Fellow classmate Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) won the triple jump with a mark of 52′ (15.85m). Junior Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater), also competing in the triple jump, posted a distance of 49’1.75″ (14.98m) to place second.

In the men’s 100m dash, sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern) became the third Seminole to regionally qualify in the event, posting the third fastest time in the conference with a 10.47 mark. Sophomore Ricky Argro (Orlando, FL/Lyman) ran a personal best time of 10.54 while junior Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo) posted a season best time of 10.58.

Freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) crossed the tape second in the 1500m run with a personal best mark of 1:48.59.

Senior Marqus Johnson (Tampa, FL/Tampa Baptist) took third in the hammer with his farthest throw of the season at 172’5″ (52.55m). Junior Dan Royal (Ft. Myers, FL/Ft. Myers) took fourth with a personal-best mark of 169’5″ (51.64m). Johnson finished second in the discus with a throw of 167’7″ (51.08m).

Prior to competing in Sunday’s meet, Gill competed in the 10K race at the Cardinal Qualifier in Stanford, CA on Friday night. Gill finished in a school record time of 32:41.1 to finish 11th overall. The mark betters her school record by seven seconds and is a time that would have won last year’s 10k race and is one of the top ten all-time marks in that nation.

The Garnet and Gold return to action May 14-15, 2004 when they travel to Atlanta, GA to compete in the Reebok Invite. The Seminole Twilight originally scheduled for May 9, 2004 has been cancelled.

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