May 8, 2000
COLUMBUS, OH — The 15th Jesse Owens Classic was held at Ohio
State University on Sunday and Florida State’s Tonya Carter and Iain
Harnden both had impressive showings. The event featured more than 15
schools, several world-class athletes, former Olympic athletes, and
Carter took first place in the women’s 100m dash with a personal
season best time of 11.15. That time is the second fastest in the NCAA
this season and would have easily qualified Carter for the upcoming NCAA
Championships, but the amount of wind at the time of the race
invalidated the result for qualifying purposes. Carter was recently
named to the All-ACC squad in four events and has won four ACC
individual titles and an NCAA championship this season.
Harnden continued his dominant senior season by winning the
men’s 400m hurdles versus a strong field Sunday. Harnden posted a time
of 50.75 which was an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark but slower than
his personal season best time of 50.39.
Samantha George also had a strong showing at the Jesse Owens
Classic. George finished third in the 800m run with an NCAA Provisional
Qualifying time of 2:06.37 and she posted the fastest time of any
collegian in the field. George, recently named All-ACC in three events,
is a four-time ACC Champion this season.
The Seminoles return to action Saturday May 13th when they host
the Seminole Twilight. The Seminole Twilight will be the final home meet
for Florida State this season.