Florida All-American Steve Zieminski finished second in the 3000m steeplechase in leading a strong showing by the United States team on the first day of competition at the 2004 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association Championships on Friday at Université de Sherbrooke Stadium.
The U.S. squad, which is being led by UF men's track and field coach Mike Holloway, won seven of the 10 event finals on the first day at the meet, which features a field of 300 athletes from more than 30 countries.
Zieminski, a two-time All-American and two-time SEC champion, finished second in the steeplechase with a time of 8:56.35. Mexico's Noe Durado-Ruelas crossed the line less than four seconds ahead of Zieminski with a time of 8:52.42.
Current UF athletes Kyle Farmer, Tiandra Ponteen and Josh Walker will compete in the meet on Saturday. Farmer will participate in the 200m, Ponteen will run in the 400m and Walker will take part in the 110m hurdles.
Live results of the event can be found at www.nacac2004.ca