April 26, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – Following an ACC Outdoor Championship in which he claimed individual championships in two events, Florida State senior Joe Allen was named the ACC’s Performer of the Year in a vote of the league’s head coaches. The coaches also selected Matt Mason as the conference’s Rookie of the Year following the freshman’s title run in the 400m hurdles and his two fifth-place finishes in the long jump and the 110m hurdles. Mason took top honors in a second event as well, as part of the men’s 4x400m relay team which crossed the line first in 3:07.51. Mason scored in five events.
Allen, a junior from Toledo, Ohio, won both the long jump and the triple jump at the ACC Outdoor Championships at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Allen earned an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump with a distance of 52’04”, and he hit the sand with a mark of 25 ?” in the long jump. The honor is the first in a long list of accolades for Allen, who earlier this season was named ACC Performer of the Week after going 26′?” for a new Florida State school record. Allen has won three of the four ACC long jump competitions he has been in, after sweeping the indoor and outdoor crowns last year, Allen finished just short in the 2001 indoor season. This also marks Allen’s second ACC Championship in the triple jump, after he won the indoor championship last year.
Freshman sensation Matt Mason, a native of Marietta, Ga., excelled far beyond expectations this season, as he emerged as one of the Seminoles’ top hurdlers. Mason has combined with teammate Byron Taylor to anchor one of the strongest hurdling squads in the nation. Mason’s time of 50.80 in the 400m hurdles at the ACC Championships earned him the second-best time on the squad, as well as in the conference, this season. Mason owns the team’s top time in the 110m hurdles, running a 14.32 at the FSU Season Opener. Mason has seen great success in the long jump as well this season. His season-best mark of 24’5″ is third in the conference and behind only Allen on the team.
The Seminoles will send select athletes to the Penn Relays this weekend, as they compete against some of the top athletes in the country. The Garnet and Gold will spend the following weeks preparing for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on May 30.