The Florida State men's and women's track and field squads will travel to Clemson, S.C. to challenge the rest of the ACC schools for the conference indoor track and field title, this Friday and Saturday, February 20-21, 2004.
The Seminoles are having impressive indoor season, posting ten event wins, one automatic qualifier and four provisional qualifying marks.
Senior Vicky Gill (Lancashire, England/St. Andrew's University) coming off her second All-America cross country season and first track season, bested the field at the Clemson Opener in the 3000m run breaking her collegiate best record, FSU's school record and the ACC record completing the race in a time of 9:15.68. Gill, who earned the first ACC Player of the Week honors, received an automatic bid to this year's NCAA Indoor Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., March 12-13. Gill is the only Seminole to automatically qualify for nationals in the indoor season. Gill leads the ACC in the event and is one of three female Tribe members who are number one in the top performers list. Gill is seventh overall in the country in the event.
Sophomore Rafeeq Curry (Miami, FL/ACE Academy) provisionally qualified for the triple jump competition at the Florida Intercollegiates on January 17, 2004. The reigning ACC Indoor Triple Jump champion jumped to a mark of 15.84m (52'00") in the event to win his only indoor title of the season. Curry is one of two Seminoles who lead their respective events.
At the Husker Invite on February 7, 2004, freshman Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) won his first race of the season besting the men's one-mile field in a time of 4:04.33. Lancashire's mark gives him the second spot in the ACC and 25th in the nation is his event, in his first season competing at the intercollegiate level. His mark broke the junior British record in the event.
At the Florida Intercollegiates, sophomore John Fallone (Rochester, N.Y./Virginia Tech) won the men's shot put, besting the field with a 17.03m (55'10") throw. Fallone's throw places him at number three in the event on the ACC Top Performers list.
Junior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake College) won the men's mile event at the Gator Invitational, completing the course in a time of 4:11.31. His time is third overall in the conference for the mile event.
Senior Rachel Evjen (Eau Claire, Wisc./Northwestern) won the women's 5000m run in a time of 16:31.96 at the Husker Invite. The time broke Gill's previous FSU Women's Indoor 5000m run record (set in 2003). Evjen's mark earned her a spot at tenth in the nation in the event.
At the Husker Invite, junior cross country and track All-American Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) took the women's mile run in a time of 4:42.69. Hughes currently ranks number one in the conference and tenth in the nation in the event.
The women's 4x400m relay team, one of four winners in Nebraska, took first in a mark of 3:44.39 behind fast running by freshman Dana Massiah , sophomores Kim Adams and LaKendra McColumn and senior Tamara Campbell.