Feb. 17, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams ended the final day of competition in the 2001 ACC Championships on Saturday. FSU opened up the meet with three All-ACC competitors, and added seven more in the final day of competition. The men’s team ended the conference indoor season with a third-place finish, while the women finished seventh. Junior Mario Lowe notched the only ACC individual championship for FSU, taking home the triple jump crown.
“We were very proud of the way the men’s team came together to pull out a third-place finish,” FSU head coach Terry Long said. “We now have to build on the key individuals that stepped up to the challenge in the indoor season for the upcoming outdoor season. I think that Mario Lowe and Taresa Bundy both had outstanding performances this weekend.”
The Florida State men’s team was led by the impressive performance of Lowe. The junior from Lithonia, Ga., nailed a NCAA Provisional mark of 51-06.50 for an ACC title and All-ACC honors. The mark landed him just two inches beyond teammate Joe Allen, who finished second, also earning All-ACC honors. Allen put 16 of the team’s 86 points on the board. The Seminoles added five All-ACC honors to the team’s totals. Junior Wade Brett set a new personal record with his 1:51.84, 800m time to finish second and end the meet with All-ACC honors. Shawn Brown, Jason Dean and Jeff Atkinson also finished in the top three, getting the same honor. Brown finished the afternoon with a second-place finish in the high jump, matching the winning height of 7-00.50, but falling to second on misses. Senior Christian Bland finished fourth in the same event, clearing the bar at 6-10.75. Jason Dean had the team’s high mark in the pole vault, clearing 16-08.75 for a second-place finish. Atkinson matched Dean’s height and finished in third on the afternoon. The men’s 4x400m team ended the competition, crossing the line in 3:15.33 for a second-place finish.
The women’s squad turned in several impressive performances, led by Teresa Bundy. After an impressive Friday afternoon, Bundy added two more All-ACC finishes, in the 60m dash and the triple jump. Bundy crossed the line in 7.55 in the 60m, to finish third. The junior from Cleveland, Ohio added a second-place finish in the triple jump, hitting the sand with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 41-04.50. Junior Laura Gerber matched Bundy’s finish with a second-place finish of her own, crossing the line in a career-best 2:07.32 for a NCAA provisional mark. The women’s 4x400m team raced its way to a third-place finish crossing the line in 3:46.10. Kim Jones added a sixth-place finish in the 60m hurdles to help the team to its 47-point total and a seventh-place finish.
The Seminoles will now focus on preparing for the NCAA Championships, as well as the outdoor season to come. Both the men’s and women’s squads will tune up for the NCAA’s with the Gator Last Chance Meet, February 28, and the Iowa State Last Chance Meet on March 2-3. The Seminoles open the outdoor season that same weekend, with the FSU Season Opener at Mike Long Track on March 3.