Sept. 12, 2003
The summer of 2003 was a very busy time for some Seminole athletes. In particular, five FSU track and field team members competed across the globe representing Canada, Jamaica, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, and the United States during June, July and August.
“With all of the athletes competing this summer, it’s a great opportunity and a wonderful experience for them to participate internationally and get a glimpse of competition on a higher level as well as competing against future Olympians from other countries,” FSU associate head coach Harliss Meaders said.
Garrett Johnson captured the shot put title at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 22at the Cobb Track & Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., with a throw of 63′ 8.75″ (19.42m). He finished fourth in the discus competition at the junior championships establishing a mark of 174′ 4″ (53.13m). His success earned him a spot on Team USA for the 2003 Pan American Junior Games in Bridgetown, Barbados July 18-20. At the Pan Am Games, Johnson won the shot put title and brought home a gold medal for Team USA with a throw of 65’5″ (19.95m).
Dorian Scott won the men’s shot put title at the Jamaican National Championships in Kingston, Jamaica with a mark of 58′ 4.75″ (17.80m). Scott earned the right to compete at the national championships after setting the qualifying standard at the Penn Relays in late April. His mark of 63′ 9″ (19.43m) not only broke the Florida State school record, set earlier in the year by Johnson, but he also set the Jamaican national record. Scott also competed at the 2003 Pan Am Games in August hosted by the Dominican Republic.
Brian Dzingai ran the 200-meter event in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Paris, France from August 23-31. Dzingai represented his native country of Zimbabwe. The rising senior finished fifth in the first heat with a time of 20.96 narrowly missing the semifinals.
Seminole transfer Rhoan Sterling was a member of the 4×100 meter relay. The Cambridge, Ontario native was a member of the Canadian team that competed in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Paris, France, August 23-31. Although Sterling did not run, he was one of 28 athletes selected from the 2003 Canada Dry National Championships and a member of the relay team that finished fourth in the heat in the first round of trials.
Laura Gerber, a recent FSU graduate and Seminole All-American, ran for her native country of Switzerland and represented Florida State at the World University Games in Seoul, South Korea from August 27 – 30. Gerber broke the school record in her last heat with a time of 2:01:39, which was enough for a fourth place finish in the 800-meter finals.
“It’s exciting to see our program rise to the level where we have current student athletes qualifying for the world championships,” Seminole head coach Bob Braman said.
The Seminoles return a young group of experienced athletes for the 2004 season. The Seminoles entered the 2003 NCAA National Championship with a total of 23 athletes, the most ever to qualify since the early ’80s. FSU track and field garnered six All-Americans, the most since 1994, and set three school records. Overall in 2003, the garnet and gold set seven school records, captured the men’s ACC crown, finished as the conference tournament runner-up on the women’s side, earned three Coach of the Year honors, the men’s ACC Rookie of the Year award and finally the men’s ACC Performer of the Year.