June 10, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field team are heading to the west coast this week to compete at the 2003 NCAA Championships in sunny Sacramento, California. The tournament hosted by California State University, Sacramento will begin Wednesday, June 11 and conclude Saturday, June 14 with the crowning of the 2003 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Champions.
The Seminoles qualified a total of 23 athletes to compete at this year’s championships, 13 on the men’s side and ten on the women’s squad. The number marks the most athletes that Florida State has sent to the NCAA Championships since the early 80’s. Last weekend at the NCAA East Regional Championships in Fairfax, Va., the garnet and gold received 14 automatic bids including four regional championships. Freshman Rafeeq Curry walked away with the men’s triple jump title (16.09m), while Dorian Scott won the men’s shot put (18.87m). On the women’s side, Natalie Hughes captured the 1500m run (4:19.94) and Lacy Janson took the pole vault competition (4.02m). Nine Seminoles earned an at-large berth to compete this weekend including the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams and the women’s 4x400m relay.
Heading into competition on Wednesday, Florida State has seven athletes who are currently ranked in the top ten nationally in their respective events. Vicky Gill is the lone Seminole to hold a No. 1 ranking. She is the nations leader in the 10K with a time of 33:14.98, a school record. Junior Joep Tigchelaar and sophomore Lacy Janson are ranked No. 2 in the nation in the 10K and pole vault events, respectively. Janson’s mark of 14′ 4″ (4.37m) broke the previous school and conference records set by Janson last year. Tigchelaar also set a school record in the 10K in a time of 28:33.81. Other top ten nationally ranked Seminoles include: Makiba Batten, discus (8th); Laura Gerber, 800m (3rd); Kim Jones, 100m hurdles (7th); Dorian Scott, shot put (7th).
Sophomore Lacy Janson will look to garner the women’s outdoor pole vault title and complete the season sweep in that event. Early this year, Janson won the indoor pole vault title after establishing a Florida State indoor pole vault record height of 14′ 7.25″ (4.45m). Junior Dorian Scott will vie for his first shot put title and second All-American accolade of the season. Scott received the honor during the indoor season when he placed 11th at 61′ 4.25″ (18.70m). Freshman Rafeeq Curry also earned Indoor All-American honors in 2003 in the triple jump after establishing a mark of 53′ 6.25″ (16.31m) to finish sixth.
The Seminole men’s team will look to win their first ever team NCAA outdoor track and field title, while the women seek their second outdoor title and first since 1984. For complete NCAA Championship results, stayed tuned to seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State Seminoles.
Here is a list of all the Seminole athletes and the event(s) they are competing in this week:
Jeff Atkinson - pole vault Makiba Batten - discus Danyne Brown - 110m hurdles Sean Campbell - 4x400m relay Tamara Campbell - 4x400m relay Rafeeq Curry - triple jump Brian Dzingai - 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay Laura Gerber - 800m, 4x400m relay Vicky Gill - 10K Natalie Hughes - 1500m Lacy Janson - pole vault Garrett Johnson - shot put Willie Johnson - triple jump Kim Jones - 100m hurdles, long jump Kolby Jones - long jump, 4x100m relay Latoya Legree - triple jump Evelyne Niako - 4x400m relay Joe Paiva - 4x400m relay Shauna Quinn - 4x400m relay Cedrick Robinson - 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay Dorian Scott - shot put Craphonso Thorpe - 4x100m relay Joep Tigchelaar - 10K