Feb. 20, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Track and Field team head to Chapel Hill, NC to compete at the 2003 ACC Indoor Championships this weekend. The two-day event starts on Friday, February 21st and concludes Saturday, February 22nd covering 16 total events for both the men and women. The men’s team enters the weekend looking to capture their second ACC Championship and first since 1994, while the women hope to garner their first ever team title after accumulating runner-up finishes in 1997, 2000 and 2001.
The men look to improve on their second place finish at last year’s championships after compiling two first place finishes and seven other top five finishes. Jeff Atkinson, the lone returnee in the pole vault competition, looks to defend his title after jumping to a personal best height of 17′ 3.5″ (5.27m) last season. The women tied for fifth last year and were led by ACC Champions Kim Jones and Lacy Janson. Jones led the Seminoles in 2002 with two first place finishes in the 60 hurdles and long jump events, while Janson took the pole vault competition posting a height of 13′ 7.25″ (4.15m).
Heading into the ACC Indoor Championships this weekend, Florida State has seven athletes who currently hold spots in the national rankings. Rafeeq Curry is the top freshman in the nation in the men’s triple jump competition and is ranked fourth nationally after jumping to an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 53′ 7.5″ (16.34m). Garrett Johnson also holds top freshman allocates in the men’s shot put with a throw of 59′ 3″ (18.06m), good for a national ranking of 20th overall. Lacy Janson continues to shine in the pole vault for the women in only her second season as a Seminole. She is currently the top sophomore in the nation in the pole vault and is ranked third nationally with an NCAA automatic qualifying height of 13′ 9.25″ (4.20m).
Senior Kim Jones goes to Chapel Hill as the conference leader in 60m hurdles with a time of 8.41. She also sits third in the ACC in the long jump competition with a mark of 20′ 2.25″. Senior Vicky Gill will look to lead the Tribe in the 3000m and 5000m events. She leads the ACC in the 5000m with a time of 16:45.17, almost nine seconds faster than her closest competition. Gill also ranks third in the conference in the 3000m with a time of 9:33.11.
For the men, senior distance runner Maarten van den Heuvel will look to lead the Seminoles in both the 800m and mile run events.
The Garnet and Gold also have a great opportunity to place in the shot put this weekend with three Seminoles establishing top marks in the ACC as well as nationally. Dorian Scott and Garrett Johnson hold the top two spots in the conference and are ranked 11th and 20th in the nation, respectively. Cerenity Young will be the go-to person on the women’s side in this event. She ranks second in the ACC and 25th in the nation with a mark of 50′ 9.5″ (15.48m). Look for Makiba Batten and Amanda Kinney to have a strong showing for FSU in the shot put as well.
For complete results of Friday’s action at the 2003 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, stay tuned to www.seminoles.com.