March 9, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Four members of the Florida State track and
field team will head to the University of Arkansas for the 2000 NCAA Indoor
Championships beginning Friday, March 10th. Seniors Tonya Carter, Zuzette
Mullings, Samantha George and junior Joe Allen all qualified for this
weekends championship meet at the new Randal Tyson Track Center in
Fayetteville, Arkansas. This is the first time in fifteen years that the
NCAA Championships will be held somewhere other than the RCA Dome in
Carter heads into the NCAA Championships as the top ranked women’s
runner in the 60m dash. Carter’s time of 7.15 at the ACC Championships was
the fastest 60m dash in the NCAA this indoor season and the seventh fastest
time in the world this year. George is seeded sixth in a field of sixteen
for the 400m dash. The senior from Brampton, Ontario qualified for the
NCAA’s with a time of 53.31 set while winning the ACC Championship crown
Allen and Mullings will both compete in the triple jump at the NCAA
Championships. Allen qualified for the NCAA’s with his ACC Championship
mark of 52’06.00″. Mullings qualified for the NCAA’s with a jump of
42’06.75″ set during a second place finish at the ACC Championships.
The majority of the Florida State track and field team will remain
in Tallahassee to compete in the FAMU Relays at Florida A&M University
Saturday March 11th. The 17th- ranked Lady Seminoles head into the second
outdoor meet of the season after a strong showing in last weeks Snowbird
Invitational highlighted by freshman Jessica Chaplinsky’s personal season
best mark of 5’03.75″ in the high jump.
The Florida State men’s track and field team started their outdoor
season with a positive showing at the Snowbird Invitational last Saturday.
Five members of the men’s team posted season personal best marks at last
weekends season opener. Senior Jayson Jones posted a personal season best
time of 22.34 in the 200m dash. Chris Williams knocked more than a second
off his time in the 400m dash finishing with a mark of 48.35. Josh Ware’s
mark of 8:59.03 in the 3,000m run also set a personal season best time for
the senior from Ft. Meyers, FL.
The men also set personal bests in the field events. Mario Lowe’s
personal season best mark of 6’08.0″ in the high jump was the second best
jump for the Seminoles all season, and Gary Visser also set a personal
season best with a mark of 19’09.50″ in the long jump.