May 29, 2004
Gainesville, FL – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads headed home from the 2004 NCAA East Regionals with ten individuals and one relay team headed to nationals in Austin, TX.
The men’s relay team shattered the school record at the NCAA East Regionals, on Saturday, May 29, 2004, running a 39.02 to beat regional favorite Florida on its home track. The win secures a spot at the nationals and is the third fastest time in the country this season, coming into this weekend.
The men’s relay team was comprised of sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern), junior Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo), senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) and freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph).
Individually, Dzingai qualified in the 100m dash with a time of 10.31 and the 200m dash with a time of 21.40, taking second place in both. Nabe took the fifth and final spot in the 100m in a personal best time of 10.41 to add to the list of Tribe members headed to Austin. Sterling competed in the 200m dash finishing seventh in a time of 21.01.
Senior Helen Hofstede (Hoogharspel, Netherlands/RSG Enhhuizen) won the 3000m steeplechase in a school record time of 10:09.90. Hofstede has broken the record twice this season en route to winning the regional event and securing a ticket to nationals.
The triple jump tandem of sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) and junior Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) placed second and fourth, respectively in the finals. Curry, who led heading into his last jump, posted the second best mark of his season with a 53’1″ (16.17m). Johnson jumped a season best 51’7″ ().
Junior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisades) punched her ticket to nationals with a third place finish in a time of 4:24.35 in the 1500m event. The time is her fourth fastest time this season and guarantees a trip to nationals.
The women’s relay ran a the third fastest time of the season, 45.13 to finish place overall. Junior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, FL/Florida A&M), sophomore Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, GA/Stephenson), senior Tamara Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) and junior Kimberly Walker (Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic) competed for FSU.
Seniors Joe Paiva (Levittown, PA/Truman), Antonio Martin (Sanford, FL/Sanford Seminole), Sean Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans) and sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE AcademY) ran a 3:09.15 in the 4x400m relay. Campbell took fourth place in the 400m dash in a time of 46.18, to qualify for nationals as an individual.
The men’s team finished in third place with 54 points while the women’s squad took seventh with 33 points.
Sophomore Kate Purcell (West Point, PA/Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) made it to the finals in the javelin finishing the day in eighth place with a personal best of 145’1″ (44.23m). Freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) finished the 1500m run in seventh place with a time of 3:48.50 to put two points on the board towards the men’s team score. Freshman Lindsey Nelson posted a throw of 46’7.50″ () in the shot put. Senior Marqus Johnson (Tampa, FL/Tampa Baptist) ended his four-year stint with the Seminoles with a personal best throw of 176’7″ (53.83m) in the discus. In the triple jump, sophomore LaToya Legree (Lithonia, GA/Stephenson) and Brown finished with marks of 40’4.75″ (12.31m) and 39’11.5″ (12.18m).
Ten automatic qualifiers (top five place; top three relays)^: Lacy Janson (Pole Vault), Vicky Gill (5000m, 10000m*), Helen Hofstede (3000m Steeplechase), Natalie Hughes (1500m run), Brian Dzingai (100m, 200m), Joep Tigchelaar (5000m), Cedric Nabe (100m), Rafeeq Curry (Triple Jump), Willie Johnson (Triple Jump), Sean Campbell (400m). Men – 4x100m relay.
^ Individuals: Men – 6, Women – 4. *Automatic qualifier by time.