Jan. 17, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the second consecutive meet, the Florida State track and field men’s and women’s teams, competing at the Florida Intercollegiates on Saturday, January 17, 2004 in Gainesville, Fla., had an athlete qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, Fla./ACE Academy) qualified for the meet, hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a jump of 15.84m (52’00”).
“We came into the meet, with it being early in the indoor season, to put people in a lot of events,” said first year head track and field coach Bob Braman. “We more or less are preparing ourselves for the meet at Clemson next week. It’s still early in the season but we are definitely ahead of where (the men’s team) was last season and we ended up winning the indoor title.”
Sophomore John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) won the men’s shot put, besting the field with a 17.03m (55’10”) throw. Sophomore Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier), who recorded a season-best throw at the 2002 event, lead FSU in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 16.13m (52’10”) good for fourth-place. Fellow sophomore Brian Holley (Jacksonville, Fla./Fletcher) finished the day right behind Diakos, placing fifth with a throw of 15.82m (51’10.05″).
Among the leaders of the women’s team, ranked 16th in the country, freshman Charlene Walker (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater), who set a personal best mark at the Clemson Opener, led FSU in the women’s long jump event with a jump of 5.46m (17’11”). Sophomore Ricky Argro (Orlando, Fla./Lyman) led the Tribe in the men’s long jump event with a 6.93m (22’8.5″) mark followed by senior Courtney Wright (Bartonville, Ill./Limestone Community College) who finished at 6.89m (22’7″). Argro also finished the 55m dash event in eighth place in the prelims and 11th in the finals.
In the women’s triple jump sophomore LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) and junior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, Fla./Florida A&M) placed sixth and seventh, respectively with jumps of 12.06m (39’6″) and 11.78(38’8″).
Junior Kimberly Walker (Port of Spain, Trinadad and Tobago/ Polytechnic) ran the women’s 55m dash placing fourth in the prelims and finals with times of 7.13 and 7.10. Senior Tamara Campbell (Orlando, Fla./Evans) recorded a seventh place spot in the women’s 400m dash in a time of 56.43. On the men’s side of that event, FIU transfer junior Greg Johnson (Miami, Fla./Flanagan) led the men with a fifth place finish followed by senior Tony Martin (Sanford, Fla./Seminole).
Competing unattached, sophomore Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) set a lifetime best posting a height of 4.90m (16’00”). In the distance events, freshman Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, Fla./Washington) finished fourth in a time of 8:36.03 followed by junior Andrew Bautel (Ocala, Fla./Vanguard) setting a mark of 8:59.78. Freshman Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) posted a top five finish in the men’s mile run completing the course in a time of 4:23.52. Sophomore Robert Cooper (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), competing in the 800m event, posted a time of 1:55.58 in front of fellow sophomore Chris Potter (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) who ended the race in a time of 1:57.49.