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Four Seminole Track and Field Athletes Headed to National Championships

March 10, 2004

Tallahassee The Florida State men’s and women’s track teams will send four competitors to represent the university and the program at the NCAA Indoor National Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, 2004. Although, five Seminoles posted qualifying marks only four will travel to the meet, hosted by the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.

In 2003, FSU sent five to the indoor title meet held in New Orleans, LA. Then-sophomore Lacy Janson won the NCAA Indoor National title in the women’s pole vault with a NCAA record vault of 14-07.25. Janson, a three-time ACC champion (Indoor- 2002 & 2003, Outdoor- 2002), earned her third All-America honor (2002 Indoor and Outdoor) to go along with her national title. Her record setting mark eclipsed the previous record of 14-06 set by UCLA’s Tracy O’Hara in 2000. Janson became the fourth Lady Seminole to win a national title at the NCAA Indoor Championships and the first since Tonya Carter’s 60m dash title in 2000.

On the men’s side, freshman Rafeeq Curry finished sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 53-06.25. Curry’s finish earned him All-America honors and placed him as the top freshman in the nation becoming the first Seminole to earn All-America honors in the indoor triple jump.

Junior Dorian Scott finished 11th in the shot put to earn All-America honors throwing to a mark of 61’04”. Freshman Garrett Johnson, the 2003 ACC champion, added a 15th-place finish for the Seminoles in the shot with a mark of 60-08.5. Rounding out the competitors for FSU was senior Kim Jones in the women’s 60m hurdles. Jones finished 16th in women’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.31.

Listed below are the bios for the competitors entered in the meet:

Automatic Qualifier

Vicky Gill Senior, Distance Lancashire, England (St. Andrews University)

NCAA Championship Event: 3000m, 5000m Championship Qualification: Clemson Opener, 3000m – 1st place (9:15.68); ACC Championships, 5000m – 1st place (16:07.79 Collegiate Best: 3000m (9:15.68); 5000m (15:42.40)

Became the nation’s first NCAA automatic qualifier by winning the 3000m event at the Clemson Invitational on December 6, 2003… her time of 9:15.68 was nearly 18 seconds better than her previous school record of 9:33.11… earned the first Women’s ACC Performer of the Week for the 2004 indoor season… ran a 16:07.79 time in the 5000m to capture the conference championship and automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships… the only Seminole to receive an automatic bid to nationals for the indoor season… placed 3rd in the 3000m at the ACC Championships with a time of 9:33.94… coming off her second All-American cross country season in which she led the Tribe to the national championships for the second, consecutive year… earned All-American honors in track and field during the 2003 season… other honors include two-time All-ACC and All-South Region.

Provisional Qualifiers

Rafeeq Curry 
Sophomore, Jumps
Miami, FL (ACE Academy)

NCAA Championship Event: Triple Jump Championship Qualification: Cyclones Last Chance Meet and Florida Intercollegiates, Triple Jump – 1st place (15.84m) Collegiate Best: Triple Jump (53’7.5″)

Won his second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship title in the triple jump in as many years… the 2003 ACC Indoor Rookie of the Year jumped to a provisional qualifying mark of 15.84m (52’00”) to win the Florida Intercollegiates on January 17, 2004… ranked first in the ACC and 12th nationally in the triple jump… won the Clemson Opener on December 6, 2003 with a jump of 15.65m (51’4.25″)… at the 2003 Indoor Track and Field Championships, placed 6th overall with a jump of 16.31m (53’6.25″).

Natalie Hughes 
Junior, Mid-Distance
Grand Junction, CO (Palisades)

NCAA Championship Event: Mile Championship Qualification: Husker Invite, Mile – 1st place (4:42.69) Collegiate Best: Mile (4:42.69)

Is the reigning ACC Champion in the mile after posting a winning time of 4:48.46, marking the second time she met the provisional qualifying standard this season… provisionally qualified with her win at the Husker Invite on February 7, 2004… qualified as a member of the ACC Champion distance medley relay team… Two-time All-American, All-ACC and All-South Region honoree.

Rachel Evjen 
Senior, Distance
Eau Claire, WI (Northwestern) 
NCAA Championship Event:  5000m 
Championship Qualification: 
Husker Invite, 5000m – 1st place (16:31.96) 
Collegiate Best:  5000m (16:31.96)

Won the 5000m event at the Husker Invite and set a provisional qualifying time of 16:31.96 on February 7, 2004… finished 33 seconds ahead of the field, breaking the FSU record of 16:45 previously held by Vicky Gill… ran a 16:34.49 to place 4th at the ACC Championships in the 5000m… finished 2nd in the 3000m twice this season, running a 9:52.55 at the Clemson Opener on December 6, 2003 and a 9:58.60 at the Clemson Classic on January 24, 2004… making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships as a Seminole.

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