May 11, 2003
PALO ALTO, Calif. – It must be something in the water out in California. If four school records is an omen for what’s lurking at the NCAA Championships to be held in Sacramento, Calif in June, then the Florida State track and field team is in pretty good shape. For the second time this season, the Seminoles traveled to Palo Alto, Calif. and for the second time will return to Tallahassee with two more school records. Back on March 28th, it was Joep Tigchelaar and Vicky Gill that established school record times in the 10K. This time, despite cold and windy conditions, Laura Gerber and Vicky Gill set school records in the 800m and 5000m, respectively.
Gerber, who entered the Cardinal Qualifier ranked third in the nation in the 800m, regained the top spot with her victory in a time of 2:03.08. She finished almost three seconds ahead of second place finisher, Laura Simmons (Nike Farm Team). Gerber now becomes the new school leader in the 800m surpassing Erica Shepard, who established the previous top time back in 1997 at 2:03.54.
Senior Vicky Gill must love running on the west coast. She set her second school record of the season on Friday evening, winning the women’s 5000m run in a time of 15:42.40. Her time breaks her previous record mark of 15:58.99 set earlier this season in Tallahassee at the Snowbird Invitational.
Senior Maarten van den Heuvel ran to a season best time of 3:44.42 in the men’s 1500m, finishing fifth. It was the second fastest time recorded by van den Heuvel in his collegiate running career.
The Florida State track and field team will return to action next weekend for their final meet before heading to the NCAA East Regional Championships on May 30-31. The Seminoles will travel to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the Reebok Invitational, May 16-17.