March 19, 2004
Tallahassee, FL - The Florida State men's and women's track team used its home court advantage, qualifying four athletes for the NCAA East Regional meet in Gainesville, Fl from May 28-29, 2004.
Junior Marqus Johnson (Tampa, FL/Tampa Baptist) and sophomore John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) punched their tickets to regionals with qualifying marks. Johnson won the discus throw with a mark of 52.56m while Fallone placed fourth in the men's gold shot put with a throw of 16.87m.
The 2003 NCAA Indoor Pole Vault champion, junior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, FL/Cardinal Mooney) posted a third place finish, first intercollegiate, good for a spot at regionals. Janson's 3.90m height beat the qualifying standard of 3.75m.
Newcomer Kate Purcell (West Point, PA/Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) recorded a third place finish in the javelin throw gold, throwing for 44.12m. Purcell picked up the event win in the javelin in the heptathlon yesterday.
Redshirt junior Rachel Marsh (Kissimmee, FL/Osceola) missed qualifying in the 3000m-steeplechase event by .27 seconds. Competing in the event for the first time ever, her mark of 10:57.45 narrowly missed the NCAA East Regional qualifying mark of 10:57.18.
Sophomore Matt Hurley (Gainesville, Fl/Gainesville) vaulted to a collegiate best mark of 16'4.75", taking first place in the pole vault competition.
In the relay events for the men, the 4x200m gold 'A' team took first place in 1:23.42, behind sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern), junior Rhoan Sterling (Ontario, Canada/Toledo), freshman Antonio Cromartie (Tallahassee, FL/Lincoln) and senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State).
The men's distance medley team relay picked up the first place finish in 9:54.64. Sophomore Duane Griffiths (Margate, FL/Taravella), junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake College), freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and senior Tony Martin (Sanford, FL/Seminole) comprised the winning squad.
Freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland), junior Joclyn Worrell (Vero Beach, FL/Vero Beach), junior Willie Johnson (Orlando, FL/Edgewater) and sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) ran the 4x200m relay team that placed second in 1:25.99.
The 4x800m team of sophomore Chris Potter (Port St. Lucie, FL/Lincoln Park Academy), sophomore Robert Cooper (Lake City, FL/Columbia), freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and senior Giscard Titus (New York City, NY/Auburn) took third place in 7:31.18.
On the women's side, sophomore Marla Jackson (Jacksonville, FL/Stanton College Prep) captured the 400m dash title in a time of 56.88.
Other top finishes for the Seminoles: Junior Dan Royal (Ft. Myers, FL/Ft. Myers) placed third in the discus with a throw of 48.03m. Junior Joclyn Worrell (Vero Beach, FL/Vero Beach) posted a fourth place finish (14.69) in the 110m hurdles gold.
Junior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, FL/Lakewood), competing in the garnet triple jump, posted a third place finish with a mark of 11.10m.
The women's 4x400m relay team finished first in the preliminary round with a time of 3:41.84. Senior Tamara Campbell (Orlando, FL/Evans), sophomore Kimberly Adams (Stone Mountain, GA/Stone Mountain), freshman Dana Massiah (Trinidad & Tobago/Bishop Anesty) and sophomore Evelyne Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, GA/Stephenson) were on the 'A' squad that topped the group.
The FSU Relays conclude tomorrow, March 20, 2004 at the Mike Long Track Complex. The field events begin at 9:30 a.m. with the men's gold hammer while the running events start at noon with the women's open 100m high hurdles.