May 12, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and
field teams will host their final home meet of the 1999-2000 season
Saturday, May 13th. The meet will feature athletes from Florida A&M
University, Moorehouse College, the University of Central Florida, the
British Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas. The Seminole Twilight will cap off
the home portion of an unprecedented season in Seminole track and field
Many Seminoles will be looking to improve their times or ensure
their spots for the upcoming NCAA Outdoor Championships. Tonya Carter, the
ACC’s Women Performer of the Year and NCAA 60m dash champion, is currently
eighth in the nation in the 100m dash with a time of 11.31. Carter will
look to improve that time Saturday against a field that includes FAMU’s
Shaunta Pelham who holds the NCAA’s 10th fastest 100m dash time this
Samantha George, All-ACC in three events, currently has the
nation’s fifth fastest time in the 400m dash (52.28) and sixth fastest time
in the 800m run (2:05.14). George seems to be in solid position for the
NCAA Outdoor Championships in both events but will still run in the 400m
In the field events, Makiba Batten will look to improve on her mark of
51.62m in the women’s discus throw which currently ranks as the 22nd best
throw in the NCAA’s this season. Batten was named All-ACC in the shot put
and discus and is a two-time ACC shot put champion this year.
Florida State’s Iain Harnden will be looking to secure a spot in
the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 110m hurdles. Harnden’s season best
time of 13.90 currently has him 24th in the NCAA. Harnden will also run in
the 400m hurdles where he currently has the seventh best time in the NCAA
this season (50.39). Senior Steve Augustine will be attempting to secure a
trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400m hurdles also.
Augustine’s time of 50.97 is the 24th best in the NCAA this season.
Seminole junior Joe Allen enters the Seminole Twilight with the
11th best long jump in the NCAA this season. He will be attempting to lock
up a return trip to Durham, NC for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Allen
won the ACC Championship in that event in Durham less than three weeks ago.
The Seminoles will conclude their season at Georgia Tech May 19th
and 20th. The Lady Seminole’s 1999-2000 season will wind up being one of
their most successful seasons in school history. Tonya Carter won the
schools first individual NCAA title in more than 15 years while the team
won the first ACC track and field crown in school history, five ACC Indoor
titles, and nine ACC Outdoor titles.