Feb. 10, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman Rafeeq Curry and senior Kim Jones received ACC Performer of the Week honors for their outstanding performances at the Gator Invitational this past weekend.
Curry posted a career best mark of 53′ 7.50″ (16.34m) in the men’s triple jump event, which automatically qualified him for the NCAA Championships. Curry’s previous best jump also occurred down in Gainesville in the first meet of the season at the Florida Intercollegiates; there he posted a jump of 53′ 0.75″ (16.17m). Curry currently holds the top spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the triple jump event and so far this season he is the only male track and field athlete in the ACC to earn an NCAA automatic qualifying bid.
Senior Kim Jones won the award for the first time this season and is the second female from Florida State to garner this honor. She had two top five finishes in the long jump and 55m hurdles at the Gator Invitational. Jones earned an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.77 in the finals of the 55m hurdles, which was good for a fourth place finish. In the long jump event, Jones finished third posting a season best mark of 20′ 2.25″ (6.15m). Her time in the 55m hurdles is tops in the ACC and she sits second in the conference in the long jump behind only Kiamesha Otey of Virginia, who leads the conference with a jump of 20′ 4″.
This is Florida State’s second award for ACC Women’s Performer of the Week and first Men’s Performer of the Week in 2003. Curry and Jones now join sophomore Lacy Janson, who won the award two weeks ago for her performance in the pole vault event at the Purple Tiger Invitational, as the only Seminoles to win the award so far this season.
Curry, Jones, and the rest of the Seminole indoor track and field team are back in action this weekend at either the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va. or at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.