March 30, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams will depart Tallahassee for their first away meet in two weeks. The team competed in the Snowbird Invitational and the FSU Relays in back-to-back weekends, both at the friendly confines of Mike Long Track and Field. This weekend, Florida State will split the squad and compete at the Raleigh Relays and the Florida Relays.
The Seminoles head into the mid-point of the season with several impressive performances both on the track and off it. Makiba Batten has continued to shine, as the 2000 All-American picked up four first-place finishes and two NCAA provisional marks in two days. Batten won both the upper division and lower division discus as well as the upper and lower division shot put. The junior from Detroit, Mich., notched a mark of 166-09 to put her seventh on the NCAA qualifying list. Also making strides has been Taressa Bundy. Bundy leads the squad this season in the triple jump with a mark of 40-06.00, notched at the FSU Season Opener at Mike Long Track. Bundy claimed a first-place finish in the event that weekend. Rounding out the corps of field athletes for the Lady Seminoles is the pole vaulting duo of Megan Robbins and Lindsay Osborn. Both athletes went provisional last weekend, as they tied for the vault title in the second division. After the duo both cleared 12-05.50 for the winning mark, Robbins took the title in the upper division as well. Freshman vaulter Carrie Crandall has contributed this season as well, clearing a personal-record 11-05.75 for the squad’s third-best mark this season. On the track, Juniors Keya Crutchfield and Brooke Bastien, and sophomore Kimberly Jones have excelled in recent weeks. Bastien topped the field in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:00.69, defeating the largest field to ever compete in the event. The Brooksville, Fla., native is scheduled to run the 5,000m at the Raleigh Relays. Crutchfield claimed the title in the 200m dash while Jones ran a competitive 100m dash race. Both athletes should compete for titles in their respective events this weekend.
Junior Shawn Brown leads the men’s squad as the Brandon, Fla., native cleared an NCAA Provisional mark in the men’s high jump to provisionally qualify for the second time in two seasons at FSU. Brown qualified for the indoor NCAA Championships, and left Arkansas as an All-American. Joe Allen and Mario Lowe should also make a mark this weekend. The duo of All-ACC jumpers owned the field in the triple and long jumps for much of the indoor season. Sophomore Jeff Atkinson leads a corps of tremendous pole vaulters that have been reaching new heights with each coming meet. Atkinson leads the group, clearing the bar at 16-08.75. Senior Jason Dean is competing for the squad’s top mark, as the Clearwater, Fla., native went 16-04.75 at the FSU Relays.
On the track, the men’s squad has been led by an impressive 4x400m relay team. The `Noles `A’ team ran a season-best 3:09.91 at the FSU Relays for a first-place finish, and the team appears to be coming into its own. Byron Taylor has also made a mark on the track, as the sophomore hurdler ran a provisional time of 51.18 in the 400m intermediate hurdles in the Seminoles’ last meet.
Florida State is scheduled to compete in the Florida Relays and the Raleigh Relays on Friday and Saturday. The Florida Relays start with the men’s Javelin, featuring FSU athlete AJ Hoye, at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday night with the 4x400m relay. The Raleigh Relays, featuring over 110 teams and over 2,000 athletes, begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday with the men’s discus. On the track, preliminaries will be held Friday in the hurdles and 100 meter events, with finals being held in the 400 meters, 400 hurdles, 4×1,500 relays, sprint medley relays, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meter distance races. Other field event finals on Friday include the high jump, long jump and pole vault. Saturday’s competition will begin at 10:00 with the 3,000 meters, men’s hammer and men’s javelin. All events on Saturday will be finals, including the 200, 800, 1,500 and all relays and field events.