April 1, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up two days of competition at two separate meets on Saturday. FSU faced off against some of the top competition in the country in both the Florida and Raleigh Relays. The ‘Noles came out of the weekend with important advances in the distance events at the Raleigh Relays, while featuring solid marks in the field events at the Florida Relays.
At the Florida Relays, freshman pole vaulter Carrie Crandall earned the ‘Noles top mark, clearing the bar at 10-10.00 for a fifth-place finish. Nicole Scott added an 11th-place finish in the shot put, as the sophomore from Willingboro, N.J. tossed the implement 42-02.25. FSU’s top finish of the day belonged to Taressa Davis, who finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 37-06.50.
On the men’s side, Byron Taylor continued to impress, crossing the finish line in 53.40 for a seventh-place finish in the 400m intermediate hurdles. Jared Sweetser matched Taylor’s finish in the pole vault, as the sophomore from Sarasota, Fla., cleared 14-11.00 for the Seminoles’ top finish in that event. Ryan Owaski crossed the line close behind Taylor, finishing 11th in the 400m intermediate hurdles (54.56).
The 2001 Raleigh Relays featured some of Florida State’s most talented distance runners. Brooke Bastien, fresh off her record-setting 3,000m steeplechase race, finished 23rd in a very large 5,000m field. Bastien finished in 17:16.76 for the ‘Noles top finish at Raleigh. Nate Adams led the men’s distance corps, finishing the 10,000m in 32:28.59 for a 41st-place finish. Right behind Adams was Brian Fleischman who ran a 32:29.44 for a 42nd-place finish. Nick Stuart added a 49th-place finish in the 5,000m run (14:57.24) to wrap up the Seminoles’ top-50 finishers in the nationally prominent field. Junior Zach Heissner finished close behind Stuart in the 5K, finishing in 15:02.97 for a 56th-place finish.
The Seminoles will be back in action on April 7, when they travel to Clemson, S.C., to face Clemson and Alabama.