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FSU Track and Field Heads to Austin and Atlanta

Track Heads to Texas and Georgia
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April 1, 2004

Tallahassee – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads will break up and travel to Atlanta, GA for the Georgia Tech Invitational from April 1-3, 2004 and to Austin for the Texas Relays.

The Seminoles will send a large group to the Yellow Jackets’ George C. Griffin Track to compete against nine schools excluding Georgia Tech, Georgia, Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tulane, Wake Forest and Western Carolina.

At the Texas Relays, ten Tribe members head to Austin to face some of the best competition in the world at one of the greatest races in the country. Three-time All-American Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) will compete in the triple jump competition on Saturday against two of the top ten finishers in last season’s NCAA Outdoor Championships in LSU’s Lejuan Simon (8th) and John Moffitt (9th).

Stanford Meet Brings Out Best in Seminoles

Eight Tribe members traveled to Palo Alto, CA to compete at the prestigous Stanford Invitationals. Senior Joep Tigchelaar (Macharen, Netherlands/ Titus Branasma) broke a 22-year old record in the 5000m run with a time of 13:46.01. Tigchelaar broke the 32-year old 10K record in 2003 at the same meet. Both times, the 2003 All-America won ACC Performer of the Week Honors for his performance at the prestigous meet.

Fellow senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrews) joined Tigchelaar, breaking a school record (her own 33:09.25) with a time of 32:48.63. Gill automatically qualified for the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in Austin, TX. Gill has bested the record three times in her three-year career. Gill was also awarded the ACC Performer of the Week for March 21-27, 2004.

Freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) joined the growing list of regional qualifiers, posting a 1500m time of 3:45.58. Junior Eddie Rodriguez (Miami, FL/FIU) provisionally qualified in the 5000m run, finishing in 29:35.53.

Two more Seminoles added their names to the list – junior two-time All-American Natalie Hughes (Palisades, CO/Palisade) ran a 4:19.01 in the 1500m run, accompanied by senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen), who finished in 4:24.47.

Gainesville is Good for Garnet and Gold

Saying something nice about Gainesville may not easily roll off a Seminoles’ tongue, but the track and field team is having success at their rival school’s track. In the first of three trips to “Gator-ville”, Florida State student-athletes have qualified for regionals, which will take place at the University of Florida. At the Florida Relays, senior brother and sister tandem Tamara and Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) qualified in the 400m events posting times of 53.99 and 46.57. Sophomore Andrew Diakos threw a personal best in the hammer throw (191’10”) to secure a spot in the competition taking place in late May. Sophomore LaKendra McColumn(Lithonia, GA/Southwest DeKalb) also posted a qualifying mark for the second time this year, running a season-best time of 59.65. The men’s 4x100m team bettered its previous qualifying mark of 39.57, moving to 39.55 while the women’s 4x400m team locked a spot competing in the Swamp in late May with a time of 3:39.17.

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