May 29, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field team will travel to George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., site of the 2003 NCAA East Regional Championships, this weekend. The Seminoles qualified a total of 38 athletes to compete at this year’s regional tournament, which begins Friday, May 30th and concludes Saturday, May 31st. The NCAA went to a regional qualifying format for the first time in 2003 with the top five individuals and top three relay teams in each event receiving an automatic invitation to the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif., June 11-14.
Heading into the weekend, the Seminoles hold six top spots in the region and 12 athletes are ranked in the top five in their respective events. Dorian Scott and Garrett Johnson are one, two in the men’s shot. Scott established a school record at the Penn Relays with a mark of 63′ 9″ (19.43m). Johnson captured the ACC outdoor title in the men’s shot put after having to attempt only one throw and establishing the winning mark at 61′ 3.5″ (18.68m).
Senior Laura Gerber is ranked No. 2 in the 800m and No. 4 in the 400m nationally. Her time of 2:03.08 leads all runners in the east region and currently sits as the fastest time recorded in FSU history. Senior Kim Jones enters the weekend with the fastest time in the region of 13.09 in the 100m hurdles. She is also ranked fourth in the east region in the long jump competition. Jones is coming off a productive ACC tournament where she posted victories in the 100m hurdles and long jump events.
Senior Vicky Gill ranks first in the 5K with a time of 15:42.40. She broke two school records in 2003 in the 5K and 10K, while competing out in California. Gill received an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in the 10K and currently is the top rated runner in the nation with a time of 33:14.98. Sophomore Lacy Janson sits atop the region in the pole vault with a school outdoor record mark of 14′ 4″ (4.37m). She is also the No. 2 rated vaulter in the nation. Senior Makiba Batten was the most consistent thrower in the discus for the Seminoles this season. She currently sits as the No. 1 ranked discus thrower in the east region. Batten established a mark of 181′ 2″ (55.22m), breaking the school record previously held by Batten back in 2000.
A pair of freshman is leading the way for the Seminoles in the triple jump competition. For the women, Latoya Legree sits fifth in the east region with a mark of 42′ 7″ (12.98m). On the men’s side, ACC Indoor Freshman of the Year Rafeeq Curry established a team best jump of 51′ 11.75″ (15.84m), which sits as the seventh best jump in FSU track and field history. He is currently ranked third in the east region.
Sophomore Craphonso Thorpe ran to a personal best time in the 200m at the ACC Outdoor Championships. The All-ACC Outdoor Performer of the Year in 2003 won the 200m in a time of 20.87 and is currently ranked fifth in the region.
The two-day event begins Friday with the women’s pole vault at 9:30am and will conclude Saturday, May 31st. For complete regional results, stayed tuned to seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State Seminoles
Here is a list of all the Seminole athletes and the event(s) they are competing in this weekend:
Jeff Atkinson - pole vault Makiba Batten - shot put, discus Josh Bowling - hammer Danyne Brown- 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles Sharneka Brown - triple jump Sean Campbell - 400m, 800m, 4x400m relay Rafeeq Curry - triple jump Andy Diakos - hammer Brian Dzingia - 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay Laura Gerber - 400, 800m, 4x400m relay Patrick Gerberich - pole vault Vicky Gill - 1500m, 5000m Misty Harper - 5000m Natalie Hughes - 800m, 1500m Lacy Janson - pole vault David Johnson - 800m, 4x400m relay Garrett Johnson - discus, shot put Marqus Johnson - discus Willie Johnson - triple jump Kim Jones - 100m hurdles, long jump, 4x100m relay Kolby Jones - long jump Deanna Lane - 100m hurdles Latoya Legree - triple jump LaKendra McColumn - 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles Evelyne Niako - 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay Nabavi Oliver - 400m hurdles Joe Paiva - 400m hurdles Shauna Quinn - 400m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay Cedrick Robinson - 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay Dan Royal - discus Dorian Scott - shot put Craphonso Thorpe - 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay Joep Tigchelaar - 1500m, 5000m Maarten van den Heuvel - 800m, 1500m Kim Walker - 100m, 4x100m relay Courtney Wright - long jump Cerenity Young - shot put