March 14, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field program enjoyed a successful Day One at the annual Snowbird Invitational on Friday, March 14th at beautiful Mike Long Track on the FSU campus. Highlighting the day were outstanding performances by Seminole distance runners Vicky Gill and Joep Tigchelaar who each placed first in the 5K while recording personal best times in the event.
“Overall, it was a real good day for us, but a particularly good day for our distance runners,” FSU assistant track and field coach Bob Braman said. “We also had some success in our relays today which was good to see. We’re way ahead of where we were last year already. Tomorrow will be more of your traditional track and field events with sprinting and field events which will provide more viewing pleasure for the fans.”
Gill, a senior from Lancshire, England, who became FSU’s first cross country All-American in the fall, ran a 15:58.99 in the 5K and in the process, broke a 22-year old FSU record. The previous record was 16:39.4, set by Darien Andreu in 1981. The time also ranks as an NCAA best for the current outdoor season. Tigchelaar, a junior from Marcharen, The Netherlands, bettered his lifetime best by nearly 10 seconds, with an impressive time of 14:06.47. Also solid were Seminole freshmen A.J. Wilson (14:38.23) and Kevin Cook (14:45.26), who finished second and third, respectively in the 5K.
Florida State also placed first in all four relays the Seminoles participated in. Both squads took first in the 4×200 meter and 1600 sprint medley. For the women, Kimberly Walker, Tamara Campbell, Marla Jackson and Evelyne Niako took first in the 4×200 in a time of 1:36.41. Walker, Niako, Laura Gerber and Natalie Hughes teamed together for a first place finish in the 1600 in a time of 3:56.92. On the men’s side, the foursome of B.J. Ward, Craphonso Thorpe, Kolby Jones and Brian Dizingia earned top honors in the 4×200 with a time of 1:24.01. Courtney Wright, Ricky Argro, Cedrick Robinson and Tony Martin followed suit with a first place finish in the 1600 in a time of 3:28.64.
Wright and Jones also placed first and second in the men’s long jump at 7.12 and 7.08 meters, respectively, while Josh Bowling took first in the hammer throw with a toss of 52.10 meters. Other top five finishes for FSU included: A.J. Hoy, second, javelin throw (59.97m), Marqus Johnson, fourth, hammer throw (47.53m), Amanda Kinney, second, hammer throw (49.87m), Chelsea Downs, third, long jump (5.50m), Willie Johnson, fifth, long jump (6.61m).
Day two of the Snowbird Invitational gets underway at Noon on Saturday with the women’s pole vault and men’s discus throw as well as track events beginning with the 4×100 relays.