March 17, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the final day of the 2001 Snowbird Invitational on Saturday night. The `Noles notched several top marks, including 13 first-place finishes.
Starting the afternoon off, the Lady Seminoles showed their dominance on the track, collecting second, fourth and fifth places in the 400m dash. Tangela Wobbleton topped the Lady `Noles with a second-place finish, crossing the line in 55.93. Shauna Quinn and Tamara Campbell finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
While FSU competed well on the track, the squad’s top marks of the day came in the field events. Makiba Batten led the squad with first-place finishes in both the shot put and the discus. Batten launched the shot 45-04.25 for the title, with teammate Nicole Scott close behind with a mark of 43-02.25. Batten’s 159-07.00 mark led the field in the discus. Scott also added a title of her own earlier in the competition, claiming a win in the hammer throw competition on Friday afternoon. Continuing the Seminoles’ supremacy in the field was Megan Robbins and Teresa Bundy. Robbins finished second in the pole vault, clearing 11-11.75 to tie the top mark of the day. Bundy added another Lady Seminole first-place finish, hitting the sand with a 39-11.50 mark in the triple jump.
On the men’s side, the story of the day was also in the field. Jeff Atkinson returned to form in the pole vault, clearing 16-08.75 for a first-place mark. Gary Visser finished second in the same event, going 14-07.25 in the vault. Dan Shaffer, Brooks Weber and Jared Sweetster finished 4-5-6, all clearing over 14-feet. Mario Lowe added another Seminole win, as the junior from Lithonia, Ga. went 50-04.75 for the triple jump crown. Junior Shawn Brown rounded out Florida State’s top finishers, claiming the high jump title with a mark of 7-02.50, bettering his closest competitor by over four inches.
Earlier in the day, FSU collected some of the top track marks of the day as well, sophomore Nick Stuart tallied a third-place finish in the 1500m run. The Lake Mary, Fla., native crossed the line in 3:57.27, a new personal collegiate best. Matt Mason and Byron Taylor finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 110m hurdles, while Taylor and Danyne Brown went 2-3 in the 400m intermediate hurdles.
Florida State will see its next action when it hosts the 2001 Florida State Relays on Wednesday, March 21 through Saturday, March 24. All events will take place at Mike Long Track with the first day’s events consisting primarily of high school events.