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FSU Track and Field Splits the Squad for Meets at Clemson and Arkansas



Feb. 13, 2004

Tallahassee - The Florida State men's and No. 17 women's track and field squads will separate on Valentine's Day to head to two different meets to compete. Mixed squads will travel to the Tyson Invitational hosted by the Arkansas in Fayetteville and the Tiger Invitational at Clemson, Saturday, February 14, 2004.

At last week's meet, the Noles showed up in full force at the Husker Invite winning four events (men's and women's mile, women's 5000m and women's 4x400m relay) and setting school records against a highly competitive field that included Nebraska, Florida and fellow ACC school UNC.

National Leaders

Freshman Tom Lancashire broke the English junior and school records for the men's mile run this weekend at the Husker Invite en route to winning the event by a full second with a time of 4:04.33. With his mark at the Husker Invite, Lancashire provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The mark is in second place in the conference for the event and 15th in the nation. He is the second fastest freshman in the country in the men's mile. Lancashire sits at number five in the conference in the men's 800m dash.

Senior Rachel Evjen ran the women's 5000m run at the Husker Invite in a time of 16:31.96, finishing ahead of the pack by 33 seconds to take her first event title at Florida State. The time broke the Eau Claire, Wisc., native's personal best record and FSU's school indoor record, which was set last season by Vicky Gill at 16:45. The former Northwestern standout, in her first season running for FSU, is fifth in the country in the women's 5000m event.

Junior Natalie Hughes won the women's mile run at the Husker Invite in a time of 4:42.69. The two-time track All-American provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor National Championships and solidified her spot as the sixth fastest women's miler in the nation.

Sophomore Rafeeq Curry is tenth in the country and first in the ACC in the triple jump event. The reigning ACC Indoor Triple Jump champion posted a mark of 15.84m (51'11.75) on January 17 at the Florida Intercollegiate Championships. The Miami native is one of three male provisional qualifiers on the Noles squad.

After qualifying in the first meet of the indoor track season, senior Vicky Gill has taken time to train for the upcoming championships meet. The Lancashire, England native is seventh in the country in the women's 3000m run with her automatic qualifying mark of 9:15.68. Her mark broke the women's indoor school record that she set in 2003.

Conference Leaders

Florida State has proven to be the conference leaders in indoor track and field. Both the men and the women's squads lead the conference in the number of athletes in the top ten with 24 and 17, respectively. On the men's side, five Noles lead their categories plus one relay team while the women have three.

Junior Joep Tigchelaar has continued to etch his name in the Seminole track and field program. The Macharen, Netherlands native leads the conference in the men's 3000m run with a mark of 8:16.40, posted at the Husker Invite. He is one of five individuals on the men's squad to lead the league in an event.

Junior Eddie Rodriguez leads the conference in the men's 5000m run. The FIU transfer ran a personal best time of 14:45.90 at the Husker Invite to earn his place as the leader in the conference.

Senior Brian Dzingai leads the conference in the 200m dash with a time of 21.35. He is one of only two runners on the men's side in the event in the ACC that has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Dzingai has run in the event three times this season, with his last mark coming at the Husker Invite.

Ricky Argro leads the conference in the 55m dash with a time of 6.39. In the 4x400m relay, the men's team (names) has a time of 3:16.78, good for second in the conference. In the men's distance medley relay, the men posted at time of 10:01.40.

Seminoles in the ACC

Junior Ian Hornabrook, coming off an All-ACC team selection in cross country, owns the number three spot in the mile run and six in the 3000m run. In the men's 4x400m relay, the Noles are second with a time of 3:16.78, posted at the Clemson Invite.

In the men's shot put, sophomore John Fallone is third in the conference with a throw of 57'00. His mark earned him a win at the Florida Intercollegiates en route to setting a new personal best mark in the event. Junior Dan Royal and sophomore Andrew Diakos are three and five in the weight throw with marks, respectively.

Junior Kim Walker is second in the 55m dash with at time of 7.10. Senior Helen Hofstede is third in the conference in the women's mile run. She posted a sixth place finish at the Husker Invite with a time of 4:50.93.

The 4x400m relay comprised of freshman Dana Massiah, sophomores Kimberly Adams and LaKendra McColumn and senior Tamara Campbell ran a season-best time of 3:43.70 to win the event at the Husker Invite and secure a second place spot in the event in the conference.

The women's distance medley relay posted an 11:38.01 mark at the Gator Invite, missing the mark for provisionally qualifying by .01 seconds. The mark was good enough for a second place spot in the conference and in the event.

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