May 15, 2004
Atlanta, GA - The No. 21* and 5* Florida State men's and women's track and field squads left the Georgia Tech Invitational with one of the top times in the history of the program and a big event win in addition to the number of student-athletes who bettered their regional qualifying marks at the last meet before the 2004 NCAA East Regionals. The squads wrapped up the two-day meet in Atlanta, GA from May 14-15, 2004.
Sophomore Derrick Baker (Miami, FL/Northwestern), senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State), junior Rhoan Sterling (Cambridge, Ontario/Toledo) and freshman Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph) ran the fifth fastest time in the country in the 4x100m relay, posting a 39.26 to finish first, ahead of Texas and Clemson. The time was second to the 39.24 time recorded in 1977 by an FSU relay team that included All-American Mike Roberson. Sterling also secured an individual spot at the regional meet, running a 21.19 in the 200m dash.
"The meet served its purpose," said first-year head coach Bob Braman. "We wanted to get ready for regionals and add some names to the list of qualifiers. We're right where we hoped we'd be after this meet."
Sophomore LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, GA/Southwest Dekalb) won the 100m hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.70. The Georgia native bettered her regional qualifying mark by .02 seconds.
Junior Sharneka Brown (St. Petersburg, FL/Florida A&M) posted a 40'6" (12.34m) in the triple jump to qualify for regionals. Sophomore LaToya Legree (Lithonia, GA/Stephenson) recorded a season-best mark of 41'2.25" (12.55m) in the same event.
Senior Giscard Titus (New York City, NY/Auburn) ran a 1:50.83, narrowly missing the regional qualifying mark of 1:50.62. Sophomore Andrew Diakos (Naples, FL/Barron-Collier) threw a personal-best 162'1" (49.40m) in the discus. Diakos posted a 186'4" (56.80m) in the hammer event. Fellow sophomore John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) threw his second farthest mark of the year, posting a distance of 56'1" (17.09m) in the shot put.
The Seminoles return to action from May 28-29, 2004, competing at the 2004 NCAA East Regional meet.
*Note: Team rankings are from USATF Power Rankings.