Jan. 12, 2002
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field team opened up its 2002 indoor season in style Saturday at the Florida Intercollgiates with four athletes provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoor National Championship. For the day, seven Seminoles placed first in their events at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.
In her first-ever collegiate meet, freshman Lacey Jansen, a former Junior World Champion, not only provisionally qualified for NCAA’s and won the pole vault, but also broke the FSU record with a vault of just over 13 feet (4.00 meters). Jansen broke teammate Lindsay Osborn’s record of 12’7.25″ which was set last year.
Senior Mario Lowe provisionally qualified in the triple jump with his winning mark of 51’6″ (15.71m). Earlier in the day, junior Jeff Atkinson became the second Seminole to provisionally qualify in the pole vault as he took first place with a vault of over 17 feet (5.20m). Junior Kim Jones was the lone track competitor to provisionally qualify with her first-place time of 7.89 in the 55-meter hurdles.
Senior B.J. Lennenbrink won the fourth field event for the Seminoles, as he took the meet’s weight throw title with a mark of 18.74 meters. Freshman Natalie Hughes won her first-ever NCAA indoor mile run, crossing line at 5:05.14. The Tribe’s final win was the men’s 800-meter run. Junior transfer David Johnson battled out senior Michael Jennings to the finish line for first place with a time of 1:56.24. Jennings ended up in second place with a mark of 1:56.46.
The Seminoles return to action on January 18, when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to compete at the two-day UNC Invitational.