February 21, 2003 - by
FSU Men’s Track & Field In First At The ACC Indoor Championships

Feb. 21, 2003

CHAPEL HILL, NC – After the first day of the competition at the ACC Indoor Championships in Chapel Hill, NC, the Florida State men’s track and field team are in first place, while the women sit third only three and a half points behind meet leader Georgia Tech.

The men’s team finished Day 1 of competition with a 16 point advantage over tournament host North Carolina through four events scored. The Tribe collected two ACC individual titles on the men’s side with freshman Garrett Johnson taking the men’s shot put, while junior Joep Tigchelaar captured the 5000m run title. In the men’s shot put, Florida State dominated the event finishing with four athletes in the top eight. Johnson led the Seminoles with a personal best throw of 60′ 11.5″ (18.58m), which was good for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Junior Dorian Scott finished second with a mark of 59′ 4.75″ (18.10m) followed by Dan Royal in seventh at 50′ 8.75″ (15.46m) and Andrew Diakos in eighth with a personal best throw of 47′ 11.25″ (14.61m).

In the men’s 5000m run, Joep Tigchelaar was crowned ACC champion after running an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14:15.06, almost five seconds faster than his closest competitor. The men’s distance medley relay team of Robert Cooper, David Johnson, Sean Campbell, and Giscard Titus gained valuable points for the Seminoles as they placed third in a time of 10:01.04. Senior Kolby Jones jumped to season best mark of 24′ 2.25″ (7.37m) in the men’s long jump competition en route to a second place finish for the Tribe.

In women’s action, sophomore Lacy Janson won her second consecutive ACC championship in the women’s pole vault competition in record fashion on Friday afternoon. She jumped to a career best mark of 14′ 0″ (4.27m) and in the process broke the ACC Indoor Championship record, previously held by Janson when she jumped 4.15m last year. The Tribe took spots four through six in the women’s shot put competition, led by freshman Makiba Batten, who threw for a personal best mark of 48′ 4″ (14.73m) good for a fourth place finish. She was followed by Cerenity Young in fifth (47′ 9.25″) and Amanda Kinney in sixth (47′ 6.5″). Senior Kim Jones accumulated a fourth place finish in the long jump competition after she posted a mark of 19′ 9″ (6.02m). In the final field competition for the women, Florida State’s Marla Jackson compiled a fifth place finish in the women’s high jump establishing a mark of 5′ 5.75″ (1,67m). The women concluded their scoring in the 5000m run as Vicky Gill ran to an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 16:37.70, good for fourth place.

In preliminary action, the Seminoles were led by sophomore Craphonso Thorpe who qualified for both the 60m and 200m dash. Brian Dizingia will join Thorpe in the 200m dash, while Cedrick Robinson and Danye Brown qualified for a spot in the 400m dash and 60m hurdles, respectively. In the mile run, the Tribe will look for senior Maarten van den Heuvel and junior Giscard Titus to score valuable team points in tomorrow’s event final.

On the women’s side, preliminary action concluded with five ladies looking to garner an individual conference championship and pick-up team points in the process. Tamara Campbell finished in first place overall in the 400m dash establishing a personal best time of 55.06. Senior Kim Jones will compete in two finals on Saturday as she earned qualifying spots in the 60m hurdles and 60m dash. Freshman LaKendra McColumn will join Jones in the 60m hurdles final after she ran to a personal best time of 8.57 in the preliminary event. Natalie Hughes made her way into the women’s mile run final on Saturday and will look to top her second place finish from a year ago.

Florida State is back in action for the final day of the ACC Indoor Championships on Saturday, February 22nd at 10 am. Fans can log onto www.flashresults.com/unc/ for complete updated results and ‘track’ the Seminoles as the FSU men look to capture their second indoor championship, while the women search for the school’s first-ever ACC Indoor title. Stay tuned to www.seminoles.com for a complete round-up of the final day of competition at the ACC Indoor Championships in Chapel Hill, NC.

For complete results, click on Schedule and select Complete Results.

Men's Team Scores (Through 4 events, Day 1 Final)
45 Florida State,
29 North Carolina,
23 Georgia Tech,
21 NC State,
12 Clemson,
8 Duke,
8 Wake Forest,
7 Virginia,
3 Maryland

Women's Team Scores (Through 6 Events, Day 1 Final) 39.5 Georgia Tech, 37.5 Virginia, 36 Florida State, 35.5 North Carolina, 23 Wake Forest, 19 NC State, 19 Maryland, 15.5 Duke, 9 Clemson

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