March 5, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams started the 2004 outdoor campaign off with the Snowbird Invite held at the Mike Long Track Complex in Tallahassee, FL on Friday, March 5, 2004. The first day of the two-day meet saw newcomer Lindsay Nelson take the women’s discus throw while the women’s 1600m sprint medley cruised to an event win.
On the men’s side, junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake College) won the men’s 5000m run in a time of 14:36.05. Sophomore Kevin Cook crossed the line on Hornabrook’s heels, posting a 14:36.92 finish while junior Eddie Rodriguez finished third in 14:39.74. Senior Joe Paiva, coming off a 4x400m relay team win at the ACC Indoor Championships, opened the season with a win in the 400m hurdles in a time of 53.29. Senior Courtney Wright, competing in the long jump, finished in third with a mark of 24’1″.
In the men’s discus throw, FSU placed first, second and fifth. Junior Dan Royal won with a throw of 53.21, junior Marqus Johnson finished second with a throw of 49.63 while sophomore Andrew Diakos rounded out the top five with a mark 47.88.
In the women’s events, Nelson’s discus throw of 148’11” bested the field by five feet for her first win as a Seminole. Senior Mandy Kinney came in third in the discus and hammer throws with a 140’8″ and 146’1″ marks, respectively. The women’s 1600 sprint medley finished in first in 4:12.70 behind freshman Dana Massiah, junior Sharneka Brown, sophomore Marla Jackson and freshman India Pettus. Redshirt junior Rachel Marsh’s time of 17:36.29 was good for third place overall in the women’s 5000m run.
Freshman Charlene Walker finished third in the women’s long jump, posting a mark of 18’10”. Former FSU standout Kim Jones, competing unattached, won the event in a distance of 19’6.25″.
The second day of competition begins tomorrow the men’s javelin at 9:30 a.m. Events on the track begin at 11:00 a.m. with the 4x100m relay.