April 19, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Vir. –
The Florida State men’s track and field team finished the first day of the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in first place with 48 points thanks to the conference titles won by Kolby Jones (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Joep Tigchelaar (The Netherlands).
Jones captured the long jump title with a mark of 24-09. Tigchelaar won the 10,000-meter run crown after crossing the finish line at 30:58.15.
The Seminoles scored important team points from seven other athletes. In the pole vault, three Seminoles finished in the top eight. Jeff Atkinson (Coral Springs, Fla.) placed third with a vault of 16-06.75. In sixth place was Brooks Weber (Clermont, Fla.) at 15-09, while Jared Sweetster (Sarasota, Fla.) finished seventh with the same mark.
Zach Heissner (Jupiter, Fla.) placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 9:07.38 followed by Dave Guerra (Vallejo, Calif.) in sixth place at 9:17.84.
Joining Jones in the long jump was Mario Lowe (Lithonia, Ga.) in fifth place with a mark of 24-00.75. Rounding out the scorers for the Tribe are Marqus Johnson (Tampa, Fla.) and Dan Royal (Ft. Myers, Fla.) in the discus throw. Johnson finished fifth (166-02), and Royal came in eighth place (163-00).
The Seminoles are in a good position heading into the final day of competition on Saturday with 14 track athletes qualifying in the preliminary heats for tomorrow’s finals. The Tribe will have three runners competing in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter hurdle finals.
The following is the preliminary heats and the position each athlete qualified for Saturday’s finals:
100-meter dash: 7. Craphonso Thorpe (Tallahassee, Fla.) – 10.53, 9. Jones – 10.54, 200-meter dash: 2. Cedrick Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) – 20.90, 4. Michael Jennings (Jacksonville, Fla.) – 21.10, 6. Thorpe – 21.33, 400-meter dash: 5. Robinson – 46.85, 8. Jennings – 47.47, 800-meter run: 1. Dave Johnson (Tifton, Ga.) – 1:51.26, 6. Sean Campbell (Orlando, Fla.) – 1:52.42, 1,500-meter run: 1. Maarten van den Heuvel (Warnsveld, Netherlands) – 3:52.19, 110-meter hurdles: 6. Byron Taylor (Stone Mountain, Ga.) – 14.53, 400-meter hurdles: 1. Danyne Brown (Tampa, Fla.) – 51.93, 4. Taylor – 52.87, Nabavi Oliver (Jacksonville, Fla.) – 52.89.
The championships will conclude tomorrow at 4:40 p.m. with the running of the 4×400-meter relay. NC State is in second place with 45, followed closely by UNC with 44 points.