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Five Seminoles Qualify For NCAA Track And Field Championships

May 26, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The NCAA announced qualifiers for the 2000
Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday, May 25th. Florida State
will send five athletes to Duke University May 31 – June 3 to compete in
the final meet of the 2000 season.

Tonya Carter, a senior from Douglasville, GA, is the reigning NCAA
Indoor Champion in the 60m dash and is looking to become the first Seminole
to win two NCAA individual championships in the same season since Michelle
Finn and Esmeralda Garcia did it in 1985. Carter qualified with the 11th
fastest time in the NCAA this season (11.31).

Senior Samantha George qualified for both the 400m dash and 800m
run but will only compete in the 400m. George is the ACC women’s outdoor
champion in both the 400m and 800m and her time of 52.03 in the 400m dash
was the third fastest in the NCAA this season. George will be looking to
garner her first NCAA Individual Championship.

Makiba Batten made a late push and earned a berth to the 2000 NCAA
Outdoor Championships. Batten’s mark of 52.68m in the discus came less than
two weeks before the announcement of the 2000 Outdoor Championship field.
This is Batten’s first trip to the NCAA’s and is a fitting end to an
impressive sophomore season.

For the men, senior Iain Harnden qualified for the men’s 400m
intermediate hurdles with the fifth fastest time in the NCAA this season
(49.68). Harnden has already set a Zimbabwe national record this season but
he is still chasing his first NCAA individual title.

Joe Allen, a junior from Toledo, OH, rounds out the contingent of
Seminole qualifiers. Allen qualified in the men’s long jump with a jump of
7.89m. His mark was the 14th best long jump in the NCAA this season.

Qualifying rounds of the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships are set to
begin Wednesday, May 31st at Duke University in Durham, NC.

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