Feb. 21, 2004
Clemson, S.C. – Entering the weekend, defending one individual title, one relay title and a team championship, you would think sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) would feel a little bit of pressure to excel in the pit and on the track. For the second-year, Florida State track and field star, Curry is not worried about the competition but is focused on besting his own personal records.
“Right now, I don’t feel any pressure to win,” Curry explained. “I just go in and jump, and let whatever happens happen.”
Curry added a second title in the 4x400m relay, as a member of a team that included current Tribe members Derrick Baker and Sean Campbell alongside graduated Seminole Cedric Robinson. Known affectionately by his teammate as “Wicks”, the Miami, FL native earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors after returning home with both titles.
“I come with the attitude that, whatever the team needs me to do, I’ll do,” said Curry. “I like helping out and running so if they need me, I’ll get out there.”
This season, the former high school triple jump state champion has led the conference field in the event for most of the indoor season. The gap between Curry and the field is 11.5 inches.
“I haven’t jumped that well this season and I’m already leading,” remarked Curry. “But on any given day, someone can (post a better jump). I have a teammate that’s capable of doing that so the competition is there. I tend to feed off that competition and let it fuel me.”
His mark of 51’11.75″ was a provisional qualifier for the event, which should send him to Arkansas to contend for a national title. The former ACE Academy standout competed at nationals last season, posting a sixth place mark.
“My focus right now is going further,” said Curry. “I’m looking ahead to nationals and trying to get better distance wise.”