April 5, 2003
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State track and field team competed at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Georgia Tech. The Seminoles qualified six more individuals for the NCAA Regional Championships in May, bringing FSU’s season total to 26 athletes and four relay teams. The Tribe also garnered seven individual victories on the day.
The Garnet and Gold were led by sophomore Craphonso Thorpe who won the 200m dash in a regional qualifying time of 21.03. His time leads the team in this event this season. Thorpe also was the top collegiate finisher in the 100m dash placing second. He finished the event in a time of 10.44, just under the regional qualifying mark of 10.50. Thorpe’s time in the 100m was a collegiate best.
Freshman Evelyne Niako had a strong performance on Saturday winning the 400m dash in a collegiate best time of 53.57, qualifying her for the NCAA Regional. She was also the top performer for the Seminoles in the 200m dash, placing fifth at 24.18.
Senior Maarten van den Heuvel won his second event in the 1500m this season, recording a season best time of 3:45.85. Giscard Titus finished ninth in the event in a time of 3:50.13. Senior Vicky Gill finished second in the women’s 1500m run in a regional qualifying time of 4:25.42. Natalie Hughes would finish sixth at 4:37.58.
The Seminoles had a strong showing in the men’s hammer throw competition placing four in the top five. Josh Bowling won the event establishing a regional qualifying mark of 190′ 5″ (58.03m). His throw this weekend places him third all-time in FSU history. Andy Diakos (177’1″), Dan Royal (162′ 6″) and Brian Holley (161′ 8″) finished in third, fourth and fifth place respectively.
Freshman Garrett Johnson won his second consecutive competition in the men’s shot put after establishing a regional qualifying mark of 61′ 9.5″ (18.83m). Fellow teammate Dorian Scott placed fourth with his mark of 57′ 10.5″ (17.64m), also good for a berth at the NCAA Regional Championships.
Kim Jones moved her way into the Seminole record books after running to victory in the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.23. That time sits as the second best ever recorded in Florida State history.
Laura Gerber won the women’s 800m run in a collegiate best time of 2:04.40. She now holds the second fastest time in the 800m at Florida State.
In her first triple jump competition of the season, Latoya Legree achieved a regional qualifying mark of 40′ 2.25″ (12.25m), good for fifth place. Sharneka Brown would finish in seventh place at 39′ 5.75″ (12.03m).
Derrick Baker was the top performer for the Seminoles in the 400m dash finishing fourth in a time of 47.48, a collegiate best. Junior Sean Campbell ran to a season best time of 1:50.23 in the 800m run.
Other top five finishers at the Yellow Jacket Invitational included women’s javelin: Kate Purcell, second (132′ 4″); women’s hammer throw: Amanda Kinney, third (166′ 9″); women’s 4×100 relay: second (45.72); women’s 400m dash: Shauna Quinn, third (54.59); women’s 100m dash: Kim Walker, third (11.68) and Kim Jones, fourth (11.88); men’s pole vault: Jeff Atkinson, second (17′ 0.75″) and Brooks Weber, third (15′ 7″); men’s long jump: Kolby Jones, third (23′ 0.5″) and Willie Johnson, fifth (22′ 1.75″); men’s 3000m steeplechase: Dave Guerra, fifth (9:26.26); men’s 400m hurdles: Danyne Brown (51.37); men’s triple jump: Willie Johnson (46′ 5.5″); men’s javelin: AJ Hoy, third (195′ 5″).
The Florida State track and field team will return home next weekend to compete in the final meet before the ACC Outdoor Championships. The Seminoles will host the FSU Home Meet at Mike Long Track on Saturday April 12, 2003.