March 24, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After four days of grueling competition which included two divisions of over 2,000 total athletes from 56 different track and field clubs and colleges, the Florida State Seminoles ended the weekend with several top marks, as well as a number of provisional marks.
The story of the day came in the high jump, where All-American Shawn Brown claimed the title. Brown went 7-02.50 in the high jump to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships, but he didn’t claim the title without a fight. Brown won the event in a jump off, against Cory Crosby of Albany State, as well as Stephan Ketter and Jimmy Baxter, both from Brown’s previous University, South Florida. Crosby finished second, clearing the bar at 7-02.50 but missed the title in the jump off. Ketter and Baxter also cleared 7-02.50, both tying for third.
Also on the men’s side, Maarten van den Heuvel grabbed the top finish in the top division 800m, crossing the line in 1:50.81. Finishing right behind his teammate was Wade Brett, who finished in 1:50.84, a personal best for the junior from Port Lavaca, Texas. Byron Taylor added a first-place finish of his own, turning in a personal record performance in the 400m intermediate hurdles, crossing the line in 51.18.
On the women’s side the Lady Seminoles ended the day with five of the top division titles. Keya Crutchfield took the 200m title, running a 24.02 for the win while the 4x100m- and 4x400m-relay teams finished first. Makiba Batten continued her dominance in the field events, as the junior Detroit, Mich., claimed her fourth title in two days. Batten finished on top in the lower division discus and shot in yesterday’s competition, before grabbing the title in the same events in the upper division today. Batten tossed discus 166-01 for a NCAA provisional mark, while she went 48-06.00 in the shot put. Nicole Scott finished close behind Batten in the upper division shot put, finishing sixth with a mark of 42-07.00.
Ending the afternoon was an entertaining men’s 4x400m relay. Florida State’s `A’ team crossed the finish line first in 3:09.91, defeating the World Track Club, among other top competitors. The WTC finished in 3:10.41, as FSU volunteer assistant coach and former Olympic athlete Ken Harnden paced the third leg for the runner-up track club.
Florida State track and field will be back in action again next weekend, as they travel to Gainesville, Fla., for the 2001 Florida Relays. The Relays begin March 29 and are scheduled to end March 31. The Seminoles will also send select runners to the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State University, the same weekend.