May 18, 2003
ATLANTA, Ga. –
The Florida State track and field team concluded their regular season meet competition on Saturday at George C. Griffin Track on the campus of Georgia Tech. Senior Kim Jones and junior Brian Dzingia earned individual victories on the final day of competition in the women’s long jump and men’s 100m dash, respectively.
Dzingia earned a spot in the finals of the men’s 100m dash after running to a preliminary qualifying time of 10.59. In the finals, he turned in the fastest performance of his collegiate career winning the event in a time of 10.37. It was Dzingia’s first individual event victory of the season.
Jones compiled her fourth victory of the season in the women’s long jump on Saturday afternoon. She jumped to a regional qualifying time of 20′ 6.5″ (6.26m) to take the event.
Sophomore Natalie Hughes has been on a tear recording her second regional qualifying mark in as many weeks, this time in the 800m. She placed 13th in the event in a time of 2:08.90. It was the fastest time posted by Hughes this season, earning her a spot at the NCAA East Regional Championships to be held in two weeks.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, LaKendra McColumn and Deanna Lane tied for eighth in the preliminary competition in a time of 14.09. McColumn would advance into the finals due to her higher seeding heading into this event. In the finals, she placed sixth in a regional qualifying time of 13.93. Lane’s time of 14.09 was her fastest of the season and good enough to qualify for regional competition. She just slipped under the qualifying standards by .01 seconds.
In the men’s hurdle competition, Danyne Brown finished fourth in the preliminary running of the 110m hurdles in a time of 14.15. In the finals, he moved up one place to third after crossing the finish line in a time of 14.06.
The Seminoles placed two in the top five in the men’s pole vault competition on Saturday afternoon. Jeff Atkinson was the top performer placing second with a mark of 16′ 6.75″ (5.05m). Senior Patrick Gerberich finished fifth at 16′ 0.75″ (4.90m). Brooks Weber rounded out the top ten for the garnet and gold finishing in eighth with a mark of 15′ 1″ (4.60m).
Freshman Evelyne Niako ended her regular season on a high note, recording a personal best time in the women’s 200m dash. She went on to finish sixth with regional qualifying time of 23.72.
This was the final regular season meet for the Seminoles in 2003. They will now have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA East Regional Championships to be held in Fairfax, Va. May 30-31. The Seminoles will send 38 athletes who established regional qualifying standards in 27 combined events on the men’s and women’s side. For complete championship coverage keep it here at seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State Seminoles.