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Five Seminoles Begin Quest For NCAA Track And Field Titles

May 31, 2000

DURHAM, N.C. — The 2000 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field
Championships began Wednesday, May 31st at Duke University in Durham, NC.
Iain Harnden and Joe Allen will be the first two Florida State athletes to

Harnden qualified for the men’s 400m intermediate hurdles with the
fifth-fastest time in the NCAA this season (49.68) and he will run in the
semifinal heat at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday. Allen, a junior from Toledo, OH,
qualified in the men’s long jump with a jump of 7.89m and will begin
competing in the preliminaries at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The long jump finals
will immediately follow the qualifying heats.

Makiba Batten, who made a late push and earned a berth to the 2000
NCAA Outdoor Championships, will compete in the discus trials at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 1st. Seniors Tonya Carter and Samantha George will also take
part in qualifying heats Thursday. Carter qualified for the 100m dash with
the 11th-fastest time in the NCAA this season (11.31), and George qualified
for the 400m dash with the third-fastest time in the NCAA during the
outdoor season.

Finals for the men’s 400m hurdles and the women’s 100m dash and
400m run are scheduled to take place Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June

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