May 18, 2000
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field
teams will compete in their final meet of the 1999-2000 season this
weekend. The Georgia Tech-Reebok Invitational is scheduled to take place
May 19th and 20th at George C. Griffin Track in Atlanta, Ga. It will be the
last chance for many Seminoles to qualify or improve their position for the
NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Iain Harnden is one of 10 seniors scheduled to compete in the
Georgia Tech Invitational. Harnden enters this meet after his best outing
of the outdoor season at last week’s Seminole Twilight where he posted a
time of 49.68 in the 400m hurdles. That was the fourth fastest time in the
NCAA this season and automatically qualified him for the NCAA
Championships. Harnden will use this weekend’s meet as a tune up for the
Tonya Carter heads into this weekend with the NCAA’s 10th fastest
100m dash time this season. The senior from Douglasville, Ga. would like to
run well this week and solidify her place in the NCAA Championship field.
Carter should qualify for the NCAA’s where she will attempt to become the
first Seminole to win two NCAA individual track and field championships
Senior Samantha George will run in the 400m dash this weekend but
she probably won’t need to improve her time to qualify for the NCAA
Championships. George currently has the NCAA’s fifth fastest time in the
400m dash (52.28) and the eighth fastest time in the 800m run (2:05.14).
She is the only Seminole who is currently qualified for two events at the
Three Seminoles will attempt to improve their position in the NCAA
standings at the Georgia Tech Invitational in order to qualify for the
outdoor championships. LaKeisha Mose will need to better her mark in the
women’s hammer throw to qualify for the NCAA’s. Mose currently ranks 22nd
in the NCAA with a throw of 57.22m. She will need to add a few meters to
her season best mark if she wants to make the trip to Duke for the NCAA’s.
Makiba Batten, a sophomore from Detroit, Mich., enters this
weekend’s meet right on the verge of an NCAA qualifying mark. Batten had a
personal season best discus throw of 172’10.00 at last week’s Seminole
Twilight and currently has the NCAA’s 18th best mark.
Another athlete looking to solidify his NCAA qualifying position is
junior Joe Allen. Allen did not take part in last week’s Seminole Twilight
and is currently 14th in the nation in the long jump. His season best mark
of 7.89m should qualify him for the NCAA’s but a better jump this weekend
would greatly improve his chances.
Zuzette Mullings posted her best heptathlon result of the season
last week at the Seminole Twilight but she is still 23rd in the NCAA
standings. There won’t be a heptathlon run at this weekend’s Georgia Tech
Invitational so Mullings is scheduled to compete in the 100m dash, 200m
dash, long jump and triple jump. Mullings will have to wait and see if last
week’s result was good enough to qualify her.
For many seniors, this meet may be the last time they will compete
as a member of the Florida State University track and field team. Nikki
Allen and Lindsay Adkins-Osborn will conclude their collegiate careers
Saturday when they compete in the pole vault. Steve Augustine is currently
28th in the NCAA in the 400m hurdles and will probably need to
move up about 10 spots to qualify for the NCAA’s. Danny Smith will conclude
his Seminole career by taking part in the 800m run Saturday.
The NCAA Championship’s will be held at Duke University in Durham,
NC and is schedule to run from May 31st to June 3rd.