April 4, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field team will head to Atlanta, Ga. this weekend for the Yellow Jacket Invitational at the George C. Griffin Track on the campus of Georgia Tech. A total of 15 schools are scheduled to compete this weekend including ACC rivals North Carolina, Wake Forest and host Georgia Tech. The rest of the field includes Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, California, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee, Troy State, Western Carolina, Michigan (men), and the women’s teams of Alabama, Tulane and Wisconsin.
The one-day meet starts Saturday morning with the field events beginning at 9:30 am with the women’s hammer throw competition. The running events will get started at 1:00 pm featuring the women’s 3000m steeplechase event. The Yellow Jacket Invitational will wrap-up with the women’s and men’s 5000m at 5:50 pm.
At last year’s Yellow Jacket Invitational, the Seminoles garnered three individual victories and one relay win. Sophomore Lacy Janson captured the women’s pole vault with a mark of 13′ 3.5″ (4.05m), while teammate Jeff Atkinson won the men’s pole vault at 16′ 9.5″ (5.12m). Maarten van den Heuvel won the other individual title taking the men’s 1500m run in a time of 3:43.80. In relay action, the women’s 4×100 relay ran to a victory in a time of 44.74.
The Seminoles are coming off a spectacular weekend where they set 19 regional qualifying times, posted four school records and gained two automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. The Tribe also holds a combined total of 23 top spots in the ACC (12 – Men, 11 – Women). Nationally, the Garnet and Gold currently have eight men in the top five, while the women have nine. Three Seminoles on the women’s team are ranked No. 1 in the nation with Laura Gerber (800m), Vicky Gill (5,000m) and Janson (pole vault). For the men, two Seminoles hold that distinction with David Johnson (800m) and Joep Tigchelaar (10,000m).
Track fans that want to follow Florida State at the Yellow Jacket Invite should check out the live results link at (www.deltatiming.com), and then click on the Georgia Tech icon on that page. For complete results from all of Saturday’s meet action, stayed tuned to seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State Seminoles.