April 27, 2001
Philadelphia, Penn. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams sent three relay teams along with junior Keya Crutchfield to the Penn Relays to compete against some of the top athletes in the country. After the second day of competition, the Seminoles posted impressive marks and gained valuable experience in their quest for NCAA qualifying times.
Florida State sent three relay teams, a sprint medley relay, a 4x400m relay and a 4x800m relay team, to Philadelphia for the nationally prominent meet. The sprint medley relay team, which consisted of juniors Mike Jennings and Wade Brett, as well as freshmen Matt Mason and Aneshu Mushonga, closed in on a 10th-place finish, crossing the line in 3:21.46. FSU was the highest finishing ACC team in that event. Florida won the event with a time of 3:13.21. Sophomore Tony Martin, freshman Sean Campbell and Jennings and Mason completed the squad’s 4x400m relay team. The 4x400m team, coming off an ACC Championship, crossed the line in fourth place, again as the highest ACC finisher. The top three squads belonged to the SEC, as Florida took the title with a time of 3:07.03. The Seminoles’ team, which has already provisionally qualified this season with a 3:06.58, crossed the line in 3:09.19.
Junior Keya Crutchfield was the last FSU competitor of the day, as the Coatsville, Penn., native tallied a fourth-place finish in her heat of the 100m dash. Crutchfield just missed the finals, despite coming within .13 seconds of her season-best time.
The Seminoles will send their 4x800m squad up against the nation’s top competition on Saturday afternoon, before a number of the Garnet and Gold’s field athletes make their way to Gainesville, Fla., for a meet hosted by the University of Florida on Sunday. The meet will feature mostly field athletes, with Makiba Batten and the Seminole pole vaulting duos of Jason Dean and Jeff Atkinson and Lindsay Osborn and Megan Robbins.