March 31, 2002
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field team split up over the weekend and competed at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Over the course of the events, the Seminoles automatically qualified three athletes for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
Lacy Janson automatically qualified in the pole vault after turning in a mark of 13-07.25, good enough for first place, at the Florida Relays. Janson, who earned All-America honors at the 2002 Indoor NCAAs, became the first Lady Seminole to automatically qualify for NCAAs in a field event.
Vicky Gill automatically qualified for the NCAAs in the women’s 10,000-meter run with a time of 33:59.67 at the Stanford Invitational. Gill became the first Lady Seminole to automatically qualify during the 2002 outdoor season in a track event.
Fellow distance runner Joep Tigchelaar competed in the men’s 10,000m run at Stanford and also automatically qualified with a time of 28:55.36. Tigchelaar is the only member of the men’s team to automatically qualify for the 2002 NCAAs.
Also at the Florida Relays, the women’s 4x100m relay team and men’s 4x400m relay team each provisionally qualified for NCAAs. The Lady Seminoles placed fifth with a time of 45.09, while the men came in fourth place at 3:05.65.
The Seminoles return to the track on April 6, when they travel to Atlanta to compete at the Georgia Tech Invitational.