March 29, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Friday evening in Palo Alto, Calif. at the Stanford Invitational, seniors Joep Tigchelaar and Vicky Gill each turned in a personal best time in the men’s and women’s 10,000m run. Both Tigchelaar and Gill received automatic bids to the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. with their outstanding performances in the 10K and in the process established new school records.
Tigchelaar’s time of 28:33.81 broke a school record that held strong for 32 years. Ken Misner held that record in the 10K when he ran 28:55.34 back in 1971. On a perfect evening for running in Palo Alto, Tigchelaar kept pace with the lead pack for pretty much the entire race. He moved anywhere from third to eighth place before making his move towards the front. With about 950m to go in the race, Tigchelaar claimed the lead and never looked back running his last mile in a time of 4:19.00.
Gill placed second in the women’s 10K finishing in a time of 33:14.98. That time crushed the old school record by more than 44 seconds, previously held by Gill in a time 33:59.67 established back in 2002. Gill started the race with the second lead pack of runners, as several athletes got out to a quick start. Through the first half of the race, she sat in sixth before making strides to catch the leader. Gill would come up just short in her attempt to win the race, but not before running one of the best 10K’s in her collegiate career.
At the Adidas Raleigh Relays on the campus of NC State, senior Allison Lind was the top performer for the Seminoles finishing tenth in a time of 35:37.70 in the 10K. Lind’s performance was a personal best and places her fourth on the all-time FSU record books.
Fellow teammate Misty Harper also turned in a record setting performance in the 10K, finishing in 14th place in a time of 36:20.97. Her personal best time was good for seventh in Florida State history.
Other performers in Raleigh were in the men’s 5000m run: Kevin Cook, 22nd place (14:42.67) and AJ Wilson, 44th place (15:01.53); men’s 10,000m: Matt Kalinski, 18th place (31:30.74).