April 13, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After seeing immense success in their first scored meet of the season last weekend, the Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams will host their second quad meet in as many weeks at Mike Long Track on April 14. FSU’s women’s squad defeated ACC rival Clemson in last weekend’s action, while the men’s team finished as the runner-up to the host Tigers. Florida State will face Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M and Western Kentucky in this weekend’s scored meet.
The Seminoles will feature some of their top athletes in a variety of events, while some events will be changed to fit the purpose of the meet. With only a week until the outdoor ACC Championships begin, the Garnet and Gold will do their best to complete final preparations without putting too much stress on a group of athletes expected to compete at a very high level next weekend in Orlando, Fla.
Mike Long Track and Field will have its share of standout athletes. All-Americans Joe Allen, Laura Gerber, Shawn Brown and Makiba Batten will all compete in the scored competition. Gerber, a junior from Geneva, Switzerland, is the only athlete in the group who is not expected to compete in her trademark event. Gerber earned All-America accolades in the indoor season in the 800m run, finishing third in the country, but she is only scheduled to compete in the 400m this weekend. Batten will look to lead the squad in the field events, as the junior from Detroit, Mich., has tossed the discus NCAA povisional marks the past three straight weekends. Batten will also compete in the shot put, where she will look to put key points on the board for FSU.
On the men’s side, Allen will look to improve on his school record performance in the long jump last weekend. Allen went 26-00.75 for an NCAA Provisional mark as well as a new FSU record against Clemson in last weekend’s quad meet. Allen’s mark makes him the top long jumper in the conference to date, as well as No. 4 on the national list. The Toledo, Ohio native is scheduled to compete in triple jump and 100m dash as well this weekend. With Allen leading the squad in the sand, junior Shawn Brown will look to continue to lead the team in the high jump. Brown has cleared a season-best 7-02.50 at the FSU Relays, earning him a spot on the NCAA provisional qualifying list. Jeff Atkinson and Jason Dean will look to put points on the board as well, as the duo has had significant success in the pole vault. Atkinson leads the duo, clearing 16-08.75 earlier this year.
Brooke Bastien, the Mike Long Track and Field record holder in the 3,000m steeplechase will compete in a modified version of the event, as the four teams will compete in a 2,000m steeplechase. Teresa Bundy will also compete this weekend, as the Lady Seminoles’ leader in the triple jump will stay out of the sand, and compete in the 100m dash and the 4x100m relay.
Action is scheduled to get underway at the FSU Quad Meet at 11:00 a.m., with the women’s hammer throw. Running events begin at 3:45 p.m. with the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, and continue through the 4x400m relay which begins at 7:20 p.m.. All results will be available at www.seminoles.com.