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FSU Track in Top Two at ACCs

April 16, 2004


Chapel Hill, N.C. – The No. 21 men’s and No. 23 women’s Florida State track and field squads sit in first and second place after the first day of competition at the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. The meet, hosted by the Tar Heels is taking place at the Belk Track and Fetzer Field on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Junior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL) won her fifth conference pole vault title, posting a height of 13’7.25″ (4.15m). Janson became the first woman in ACC history to win the pole vault event three straight times.

Senior Joep Tigchelaar (Macharen, Netherlands/Titus Branasma) won his third men’s 10,000m event title, in as many tries, to boost the Seminoles ahead in the team standings. Tigchelaar’s ten points, combined with a surprising 30:01-third place finish by junior Eddie Rodriguez (Miami, Fl/FIU), came behind a time of 29:50.24. The two marks, accounted for 18 points, giving Florida State a 12-point lead at the end of the first day.

“We had a lot of tough breaks,” said first-year head coach Bob Braman. “We had some good things happen. We went 1-3 in the 10K, which put us on top of the team standings at the end of the day. Joep (Tigchelaar) won while Eddie (Rodriguez) had a huge kick in the final lap to finish in third, which was big. Unfortunately, we lost our second-best 100m man to a questionable false start.”

Senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/ RSG Enhhuizen) broke the school record in the 3000m steeplechase in 10:30.40, besting the previous mark set by Brooke Bastien of 10:50.77 and bettering the regional qualifying time by 26 seconds (10:57.18).

“We had a really good day on the women’s side,” continued Braman. “We could have qualified a little bit better but overall our team ran really well. We had Helen (Hofstede), who beat the school record by 20 seconds which was great. Mandy Kinney had a great day, finishing fourth in the hammer and so did Lindsey Nelson who placed fourth in the discus, both contributing points for the team.”

Sophomore Deanna Lane (Marietta, GA/Alan C. Pope) is in the lead in the heptathlon competition, after the first day of the meet. Lane finished first in three out of the four events, including the 100m hurdles (14.40), high jump (5’6″) and 200m dash (25.13) events. Lane also competed in the separate 100m hurdles event, running a time of the 14.14 to qualify for the finals. For Lane, three events remain on the schedule for tomorrow, with the second-year Tribe member 1,500 points away from her season best and less than 2,000 points from her personal record.

Senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) is in first in the 100m and 200m dash events, qualifying for the finals in 10.37 and 20.95 seconds. Freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph) joined Dzingai in both events, finishing in 10.63 and 21.30, respectively. Junior Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo) ran a 21.33 in the 200m event after being disqualified for a false start in the 100m. Sophomore Ricky Argro (Orlando, FL/Lyman) will compete in the 100m dash, finishing seventh overall in 10.73.

In only his second meet of the outdoor season, the two-sport athlete freshman Antonio Cromartie (Tallahassee, FL/Lincoln) finished the 400m event in first, posting a time of 46.68. The FSU cornerback also competed in the 200m dash, finishing in tenth place in 21.35. Conference leader senior Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) finished in third in 47.08.

Seniors Joe Paiva (Levittown, PA/Truman) and Pete Prato (Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Plantation) took sixth and eighth, respectively in the prelims of the 400m hurdles, posting times of 53.16 and 54.51 – a season best for Prato.

Junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) placed second in the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:04.86 in his season debut in the event. Competing for the second time this season in the 1500m event, freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) made it to the finals with a preliminary time of 3:53.57. Senior Giscard Titus (New York City, NY/Auburn) won the first heat of the 800m run in a time of 1:53.16.

In the throws area, the Seminoles put up 15 points in the discus event. Junior Marqus Johnson (Tampa, FL/Tampa Baptist) placed second in the discus event, putting eight points on the board for FSU, hitting a mark of 166’6″ (50.75m). Fellow junior and teammate Dan Royal (Ft. Myers, FL/Ft. Myers) hit 165’3″ (50.37m) on his first throw, before fouling the rest. The distance earned him third place in the event, adding six points to the Seminole tally. Sophomore Andrew Diakos (Naples, FL/Barron-Collier) added the last point, wrapping up eighth place, with his second longest throw of the season at 154’7″ (47.13m).

Sophomore Evelyne-Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, GA/Stephenson) and junior Kimberly Walker (Port-au-Prince, Trinidad & Tobago) qualified for the event finals in the 200m dash, running times of 23.97 and 23.94, with Niako winning her heat. Additionally, Walker finished fourth in the 100m in 11.88 while Niako took seventh in 54.70 to make it to the finals of the 400m dash.

Senior Tamara Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) ran the fastest 400m time of the season for the Seminole women, recording a 53.49, to earn a spot in the event final.

Sophomore LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, GA/Southwest Dekalb) secured a spot in the 100m hurdles finals, running a season-best, while tying her personal best, time of 13.72 finishing first in her heat. McColumn also garnered a spot in the 400m hurdles finals, finishing fifth in 59.77.

Senior Mandy Kinney (Lawrenceville, GA/Wyoming) threw a season-best distance of 167′ (50.90m) in the hammer throw, rounding out the event in fourth place, good for five points towards the scoreboard. Senior Rachel Evjen (Eau Claire, WI/Northwestern) completed the 10,000m in fifth place, adding four points to the Tribe’s tally.

Junior Natalie Hughes (Palisades, CO/Palisade), senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrews) and Hofstede all advanced to the 1500m event finals with times of 4:26.51, 4:29.46 and 4:30.03.

“Not by any stretch is it a comfortable first place for the men,” said Braman. “We’re facing a talented Clemson team and they’re taking it to us. We have to come in tomorrow and compete tough because there are teams that are gunning for us.”

The Seminoles return to action tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. with the men’s hammer kicking off the field events, the heptathlon at beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the running events commencing at 2:00 p.m. with the 4x100m relay.

Team Score

Men – 1. Florida State, 52; 2. N.C. State, 40; 3. Clemson, 39; 4. North Carolina, 38; 5. Georgia Tech, 23; 6. Virginia, 22; 7. Duke, 14; 8. Wake Forest, 6.

Women – 1. North Carolina, 81.50; 2. Florida State, 39; 3. N.C. State, 36; 4. Georgia Tech, 28; 5. Duke, 26; 6. Wake Forest, 24; 7. Clemson, 21; 8. Virginia, 16.50; 9. Maryland, 1.

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