May 5, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State track and field teams will
head to Life College Saturday to take part in their third United States
Track Coaches Association quad-meet of the outdoor season. A small group of
Seminoles will miss the meet to participate in the Jesse Owens Classic at
Ohio State University. Florida State heads into this weekend’s meets on
the heels of the announcement that 19 Seminoles were recently named to the
All-ACC track and field team.
The Jesse Owens Classic will feature more than 15 schools, several
former Olympic athletes, and national champions. Tonya Carter is one of the
Seminoles heading to Columbus, Ohio to take part in this meet. Carter was
recently named All-ACC in the 100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100m relay, and
4x400m relay after winning the ACC outdoor championship in the 100m and
200m dashes a few weeks ago.
Carter’s absence will leave a hole in the women’s 4x400m relay
team. Laura Gerber, Tangela Wobbleton, and Samantha George were all named
All-ACC in the 4x400m relay also and will head to Saturday’s quad-meet
looking for a victory without a vital member of the team. The same holds
true for the women’s 4x100m relay team. The All-ACC members of the 4x100m
relay team, Teresa Bundy, Nekeya Crutchfield, and Wobbleton, will also need
someone to step up and replace Carter this weekend.
Crutchfield and George will be counted on to pick up the points
that Carter usually accounts for. Crutchfield garnered All-ACC honors in
the 100m and 200m after finishing second to Carter in both events at the
ACC Outdoor Championships. George was named All-ACC in the 400m and 800m
dash after winning both events at the ACC Outdoor Championships.
The Lady Seminoles will also need strong showings in the field
where they garnered five All-ACC nods. Makiba Batten, reigning ACC shot put
champion, was named All-ACC in the shot put and discus. ACC heptathlon
champion Chinette Johnson earned All-ACC honors in that event and Lindsay
Adkins-Osborn was named All-ACC in the women’s pole vault. Shannon Steele
was named All-ACC in the javelin and ACC hammer throw champion LaKeisha
Mose was named All-ACC in the discus and hammer throw.
The Florida State men’s track and field team will look for their
second quad-meet win in three tries Saturday. The men placed eight members
on the All-ACC squad and will need strong performances from all of them to
finish ahead of East Carolina University, University of Kansas, and Life
College at this weekend’s quad-meet.
Joe Allen, reigning ACC long jump champion, was the only Seminole
named All-ACC in two events. Allen garnered All-ACC honors in the long jump
and triple jump. Christian Bland also was named All-ACC in the high jump
and Mario Lowe garnered All-ACC honors in the triple jump. Darius Jones was
named All-ACC in the decathlon.
Three members of the Florida State 4x400m relay team were named
All-ACC. Michael Jennings, Tony Martin, and Danny Smith were all members of
the Seminoles’ ACC Championship 4x400m relay team. ACC 800m champion
Marteen van den Heuvel rounds out Florida State’s All-ACC contingent by
garnering honors in that event.
Seminole Twilight will be Florida State’s last home meet of the
season and will take place May 13th at Mike Long Track.