April 16, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team will head to Raleigh, NC this weekend, site of the 2003 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the campus of NC State University. The two-day event starts Friday, April 18th at 10:00 am and wraps up with the Awards Presentation at 5:50 pm on Saturday evening. The men’s squad travels to Raleigh looking to defend their outdoor title and complete the season sweep by winning both the indoor and outdoor championships. The women are set to improve on their second place finish from a year ago and win the outdoor title of the first time since 2000.
A total of six Seminoles enter the weekend looking to defend their ACC title from a year ago. Those athletes include Kim Jones in the 100m hurdles, Sean Campbell in the 800m, Maarten van den Heuvel in the 1500m, Joep Tigchelaar in the 10000m, Kolby Jones in the long jump and Lacy Janson in the pole vault. Also the women’s 4x100m relay team will look to win consecutive titles in that event and third championship overall.
At last year’s championships, the men’s team finished with a team record 201.5 points to take the outdoor title for the first time in Florida State history. It was only the fourth time a team had compiled 200 or more points at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The other teams to accomplish such a feat were Maryland back in 1977 and 1979 with 208 and 212 points, respectively, and Clemson with 216 points in 1997. The Garnet and Gold has won the women’s ACC Outdoor title just once and has finished as tournament runners-up four times. Since joining the conference in 1992, the FSU women’s team has compiled eight top three finishes at an ACC meet, including seven straight dating back to 1996.
The Seminoles also set two ACC meet records at last year’s championships. Lacy Janson set the women’s pole vault record at 14′ 0″. She currently holds both the indoor and outdoor record in the conference. Teresa Bundy made her way into the ACC record books when she established a meet record in the triple jump at 43′ 9″.
The Garnet and Gold will be well represented this weekend as they lead all schools in the conference with 19 first place rankings. Both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams are tops, while the men’s 4x100m relay squad is first as well. Lacy Janson and Jeff Atkinson have achieved top marks in the pole vault competition, while Danyne Brown has owned both the 110m and 400m hurdle events. Kim Jones currently holds two top spots in the 100m hurdles and long jump competition. In the distance events, Joep Tigchelaar and Vicky Gill lead the way in the 5K and 10K. Other top ranked Seminoles in the conference include: Craphonso Thorpe (100m), Rafeeq Curry (triple jump), Garrett Johnson (shot put), Laura Gerber (400m, 800m) and Makiba Batten (discus).
All interested track and field fans that wish to ‘track’ the Tribe as they vie for a second ACC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Championship, can check out the live remote stat link listed below:
www.flashresults.com or www.gopack.com
For a recap of all this weekends ACC Outdoor Championship action, please stay tuned to www.seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State Seminoles.