Tallahassee – The Florida State track and field squad continued its stellar indoor season with five athletes provisionally qualifying in last chance meets across the country. Three athletes traveled to Iowa State and six traveled to Gainesville to improve their provisional qualifying marks in order to make it to NCAA Indoor National Championships in Fayetteville, AR on March 12-13, 2004.
In Ames, Iowa, sophomore All-American and two-time ACC Triple Jump Champion Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) won the triple jump event with a 52′ mark, provisionally qualifying for the second time this season. Junior All-American Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) finished second with a distance of 48’8″. Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) took second in the 200m dash, provisionally qualifying for the third time this season with a time of 21.08.
In the contingent traveling to Gainesville, FL, senior Rachel Evjen (Eau Claire, WI/Northwestern) provisionally qualified for the second time in the 2004 indoor season, improving her mark in the 5000m run to 16:19.19, wrapping up second place in the event.
Junior All-American and ACC mile title holder Natalie Hughes (Palisades, CO/Palisade) won the women’s mile in 4:46.17, good for a second provisional qualification time. Senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen) qualified provisionally for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile with a time of 4:47.88.