Feb. 3, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State track and field squad head south for competition for the first weekend in February, competing at the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday in Tampa and the Gator Invitational in Gainesville on Sunday.
Coming Up This Week... This time last year, senior Joep Tigchelaar went to the Gasparilla Distance Classic and won the 15K event in 46:37. Jim Van Veen and Matt Kalinski also finished in the top ten. On the women's side, four Tribe members finished in the top ten in the women's 5K race, led by Rachel Marsh-Springer's second place mark.
Kentucky Produces Big Wins... Nine Tribe members accounted for event wins on Friday and Saturday, January 28-29, at the Wildcat Invitational in Lexington, Ky. LaToya Legree, Johnta Griffin and Matt Hurley picked up victories on the first day while Garrett Johnson, Courtney Wright, Tommy Noyes, Kimberly Walker, Tom Lancashire and Barbara Parker won on day two.
Distance Debuts at Kentucky... Many of the members of the distance area stepped on the track for the first time this year at the Wildcat Invitational. Junior transfer Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough College) won the mile run in her first collegiate meet, taking the title in 4:50.67. Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) won the 3000m event in 8:09.83, just ahead of senior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) and redshirt junior Eddie Rodriguez (Miami, Fla./FIU) who crossed the tape in 8:21.14 and 8:30.43, respectively.
Johnson Wins Again... Garrett Johnson won the shot put for the third time in as many tries at the Wildcat Invitational. He has automatically qualified for NCAA Indoor twice in the shot put (Florida Intercollegiate and Wildcat Invitational) and provisionally qualified once in his first outing at the Clemson Opener. The Seminoles, as a team, have 21 event wins this season - three at the Clemson Opener and the Niswonger Invitational, seven at the Florida Intercollegiate meet and a season-best eight at the Wildcat Invitational. Other multiple event winners include Ricardo Chambers, Walter Dix, LaToya Legree and Tommy Noyes - who have two event wins - while ten other Tribe members have one.