Jan. 13, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field squads made their way to the University of Florida this weekend, and will return with a good idea of what is to come in the weeks of competition ahead. The two squads combined for three first-place finishes at the competitive meet that featured 13 different schools.
The men’s squad had solid performances both on the track and in the field events. The team’s dominance in certain field events is surely a show of things to come this season. High jumper Christian Bland started the afternoon off with a high jump of 7-00.50 to end the day in first-place in that event. Bland was joined by Shawn Brown, who cleared the same height and landed in third overall. The most impressive event of the day for the Garnet and Gold was the 35-pound weight throw in which the Seminoles swept the top-three, with B.J. Linnenbrink taking home the title. Linnenbrink beat out his teammates with a mark of 57-05.75. Josh Bowling tossed the implement 51-10.50 for a second-place finish, while Darian Scott finished third with a mark of 51-04.25. Scott also showed off his talent in the shot put, grabbing another third-place finish with a mark of 51-05.00. The Tribe continued their dominance in the field events, picking up two more second-place finishes. Jason Dean cleared 16-feet (16-00.75) for the first time this season, landing in second place in the pole vault. Joe Allen, the ‘Noles top returning long jumper, landed in the sand with a mark of 24-09.25 for his second-place finish. Kolby Jones joined Allen in the long jump, finishing just behind his teammate with a third-place mark of 23-06.00. The Seminoles continued their dominance in the field events with a third-place finish in the triple jump, as Mario Lowe went 50-00.50 in that event. Eric Dieters and Danyne Brown both added impressive performances on the track to round out the day for the Seminoles. Brown finished sixth in the 55m hurdles’ final with a time of 7.65. Dieters also finished sixth, with a time of 1:57.22 in the 800m run.
The women’s squad showed that they return a solid team from last season’s ACC Championship team, as the Lady Seminoles turned in four top-five marks. Makiba Batten and Megan Robins led the women’s squad, as Batten tossed the shot put 46-05.25 for a second-place finish in that event. Batten added an eighth-place finish in the weight throw, with a mark of 47-03.50. Nicole Scott added a sixth-place finish (52-06.75) to round out the weight throw. Robins had the only first-place mark of the day for the women, coming through with an impressive 12-foot vault (12-01.50). Robins was joined by Lindsay Osborne, who cleared 11-9.75 and finished seventh. Karen Rademeyer and Laura Gerber both finished in the top five in the high jump and the 400m dash, respectively.
The men’s and women’s squads will now return to Tallahassee, Fla., to train for the next test of the indoor season, the Virginia Tech Invite. Florida State will send about 20 athletes to Blacksburg, Va.