May 25, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads are headed to Gainesville, FL – the site of the 2004 NCAA East Regional Meet – with a number of student-athletes ready to compete for a chance in the national spotlight at the 2004 NCAA Championships in Austin, TX. The 2004 NCAA East Regional Meet will take place this weekend from May 28-29, 2004. The men’s squad has posted 23 regionally qualifying marks behind 19 team members in addition to both relay teams at the meet. Seniors Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) and Joep Tigchelaar (Macharen, Netherlands/Titus Branasma) and sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) lead the list of attendees, holding the number one positions in the 200m, 5000m run and triple jump, respectively. Four Tribe members hold spots in one or more categories for the men while the women have six.
The women have locked up 18 spots with six ready to pull double duty (competing in two events) and 13 total, competing in the event. Senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrews) enters the competition as the area’s 10K leader and second in the nation while junior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisades) has a mark on her back as the leader in the east region in the 800m run.
Double Duty for the Garnet and Gold
On the men’s side, four Seminoles are pulling double duty at regionals – Dzingai, sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern), freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England, Turton) and junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake). Dzingai enters the competition as the favorite in the 200m dash with an Olympic qualifying time of 20.36. The Athens-bound, Zimbabwe native also sits in seventh place in the 100m dash. Baker joins Dzingai in the 100m and 200m events, ranked 20th and 21st, respectively. Lancashire is fifth overall in both the 800m run and the 1500m run. Hornabrook has two top 20 spots, 16th (5000m run) and 20th (3000m Steeplechase).
Gill is pulling triple duty for FSU, having qualified in the 1500m, 5000m and 10K runs. Although Gill will not compete in all three, the Seminole is the only track team member to accomplish this feat this season. The third-season transfer, who is second in the nation in the 10k, is fifth in the region in the 5K and 13th in the 1500m run.
Hughes holds the top spot in the 1500m run while sitting in 11th place in the region in the 800m. Junior Kimberly Walker (Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic) will pull two shifts – running in the 100m (11th) and the 200m (21st). Senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharpsel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen) is third in the region in the 3000m Steeplechase and is the third female Tribe member to place in the top 13 in the region in the 1500m, taking 11th place.
Among the younger class of Seminoles, looking to continue the tradition of multi-qualifying times are sophomore LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, GA/Southwest Dekalb) and freshman Lindsey Nelson (Jacksonville, FL/Mandarin). McColumn ran a season-best 13.70 to field 15th place in the 100m hurdles and posted a 400m hurdle time of 58.62 to join her teammates in Gainesville. Nelson, who holds spots in the discus and the shot put, is 21st and 31st, respectively.
The Seminoles begin Friday, May 28, at 3:00 p.m. with the women’s pole vault and the men’s hammer throw. The event concludes on Saturday, May 29 with the 4x400m relays.