May 2, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a little less than a month away from the NCAA East Regional Championships in Fairfax, Va., the Florida State Track & Field will set out on the road as the men’s and women’s squads split for competition this weekend. The men will travel to Austin, TX to compete at the Texas Invite on Saturday, May 3rd, while the women head down to Gainesville to take part in the Florida Women’s Track & Field Classic on Sunday, May 4th.
The Texas Invite gets underway at 9 am on Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium with an elite group of schools traveling to compete. The Seminoles will face-off against many nationally ranked teams as well as a few other schools from the east region. Entering the meet this weekend in Austin, the Tribe currently holds three top spots in the East Region, along with 17 top ten rankings. Junior Dorian Scott bypassed fellow teammate Garrett Johnson for the top spot in the men’s shot put last weekend. At the Penn Relays, Scott established a personal best throw of 63′ 9″, which also set a new school record. Joep Tigchelaar continues to lead the region, as well as the nation in the 10K. His time of 28:33.81 at the Stanford Invitational also set a new school record. Freshman Rafeeq Curry is the East Region leader in the triple jump with his best jump recorded at 51′ 11.75″.
On Sunday, the women will travel to Percy Beard Track on the University of Florida campus for the second time this season. Competition at the track is slated to start at 3 pm with the hammer throw competition. The final event on the day, the 4x400m relay, is scheduled to run at 8:10 pm. A total of seven teams are traveling to Gainesville to compete including cross-town rival Florida A&M and conference foe Georgia Tech. The Garnet and Gold will look to add to their 13 regional qualifiers on the women’s side. Last weekend, Misty Harper became the latest Seminole to qualify as she ran a personal best time of 16:58.00 in the 5000m at the historic Penn Relays.
The women currently hold five top spots in the East Regional, along with 14 top ten rankings. Senior Kim Jones holds the top spot in the 100m hurdles. She recorded a personal best time of 13.09 at the Seminole Track Invitational. Laura Gerber leads the way in the 800m run at 2:04.40, while school record holder Vicky Gill has the top time in the 10K at 33:14.98. In the field events, sophomore Lacy Janson is ranked No. 1 in the pole vault with her season best mark of 14′ 4″. Senior Makiba Batten achieved a personal best in the discus when she threw for an East Regional leading mark of 181′ 2″.
Florida State Track & Field Sprints Coach Maicel Malone-Wallace was honored at the Penn Relays on April 26th as a recent inductee to the Penn Relays’ Wall of Fame. Malone-Wallace graduated from Arizona State University in 1995 but not before leaving her mark as one of the all-time great sprinters to have ever run at the Relays. As a Sun Devil, Malone won five events and was named the Relays’ Most Outstanding Performer on the women’s side at this historic competition. She anchored the Carnival Records in the 1988 4x200m and the 1990 4x400m relay teams. As a senior, she ran the fastest split time ever recorded in Penn Relays history in the 4x400m relay at 49.50, a record that still stands true today. She currently holds three of the top four fastest 400m split times recorded at the Penn Relays. This year Malone-Wallace joins Russ Rogers (Winston-Salem ’59), Carol Lewis (Willingboro (NJ) ’81), and Sydney Maree (Villanova ’81) as the four individuals to add their names to the Wall of Fame. The class of 2003 is the ninth group to be inducted, bringing the total number of individual inductees to 55.
A panel of Penn Relay experts selects the four individuals and four relay teams each year. The only restriction is that only retired athletes may be nominated, and inductees are honored solely for their accomplishments at the Penn Relays. The Penn Relay Carnival Wall of Fame dates back to 1994, when it was introduced at the 100th running of this historic event.
For complete coverage from this weekend’s meets, stayed tuned to seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State Seminoles.