Feb. 28, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team will make the transition from indoor to outdoor competition this weekend as they host the first outdoor meet of the season. The Seminoles open 2003 hosting the FSU Season Opener at Mike Long Track. The seven team tournament includes cross-town rival Florida A&M, along West Florida, Troy State, Birmingham-Southern, Clark-Atlanta, and Bluffton College.
In last year’s FSU Season Opener, the Seminoles won a total of 13 events, eight on the men’s side, while the women accumulated five victories. Josh Bowling was the top performer for the men collecting two first place finishes in both the discus and hammer throw events. On the women’s side, Amanda Kinney led the way collecting top three finishes in each of her four events. Kinney won the women’s shot put competition, placed second in both the discus and hammer throw and concluded the day with a third place finish in the javelin throw competition.
The two-day tournament will start Friday, February 28th with the men’s and women’s hammer throw event beginning at 4:00pm. The tournament will continue with a full day of events scheduled Saturday, March 1st with the field events starting at 10:00am and the track events beginning at 1:45pm. Admission to this weekend’s meet is free to the public and fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Seminoles as they compete for the first time at the newly renovated Mike Long Track.
Florida State will also be sending five athletes to compete in the USA Track & Field National Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass this weekend. Representing Florida State University are Cerenity Young in the women’s shot put, Kim Jones in the women’s 60m hurdles and long jump, Dorian Scott and Garrett Johnson in the men’s shot put and Rafeeq Curry in the men’s triple jump. These five Seminoles will travel to the northeast to compete with other track and field athletes from the United States for a chance to qualify for the 2003 World Indoor Championships March 14-16 in Birmingham, England.
Day one of competition on Saturday, March 1st will be aired live on ESPN2 starting at 6:00pm. To catch the final day of competition at the USATF tournament on Sunday, March 2nd, fans can go to www.i2sports.com/index.html and watch the events via webcast starting at 1:00pm. For more information on Sunday’s webcast of events please go to the official USA Track & Field website at www.usatf.org.
For complete coverage from all of this weekend’s events, Seminole track and field fans should log on to seminoles.com, the official website of Florida State athletics.