January 19, 2002 - by
FSU Men, Women Place Fifth At Carolina Elite Invitational

Jan. 19, 2002

Florida State’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams both finished fifth at the Carolina Elite Invitational Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Seminoles picked up three win in the competition. The women traveled only six athletes and earned seven top-8 finishes during the two-day competition. The men’s squad had 14 top-10 finishes in individual competition between 14 athletes, and 2001 All-American Shawn Brown provisionally qualified in the high jump.

Kim Jones, who has already provisionally qualified for the 2002 NCAA championship in the 55m hurdles, earned the Seminoles’ first win of the day in the 60m hurdles. Jones blazed across the finish line with a time of 8.46, only three-hundredths of a second off the provisional qualifying mark.

The Tribes’ two other wins came in the men’s relay events. FSU’s 4×400 team outran the competition with a time of 3:16.45. In the distance medley, FSU’s squad placed first, crossing the finish line at 10:09.73.

Brown, who placed fourth in the high jump at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championship, provisionally qualified in the event Saturday, which was his first competition of the 2002 season. Brown’s mark of 7’02.5″ (2.20m) was good enough to place him second overall.

In the women’s pole vault, Jacy Janson finished second (12’05.5″, 3.80m) and was followed by teammate Megan Robins in third (11’11.75″, 3.65m). Amanda Kinney picked up two top-8 finishes for the Tribe. First was a third-place finish in the shot put (45’10.75″, 13.99m) and later Kinney finished eighth in the weight throw (48’04.75″, 14.75m). Laura Gerber, a 2001 All-America in the 800m, finished fifth in the 400m dash at 57.39. Rounding out the women’s action was Stacey Taylor, who finished fourth in the high jump (5’07”, 1.70m).

In the men’s 400m dash, Michael Jennings (49.01) and Cederick Robinson (49.13) finished third and fourth, respectively. David Johnson led three Seminoles in top-8 finishes in the 800m run with a second-place time of 1:53.54. Following Johnson was Wade Brett in fifth (1:55.06) and Maarten van den Heuvel in eighth (1:56.31). Joep Tigchelaar turned in a second-place time in the 3000m run at 8:29.89. In the 60m hurdles, Danyne Brown finished third, crossing the finish line at 8.14. Craphonso Thorpe, a receiver on the football team, ran the 200m dash, placing ninth overall (22.90).

In addition to Brown’s finish in the high jump, the Seminoles had four other athletes place in the top-6 in field events. Mario Lowe, who provisionally qualified in the triple jump last week, finished second in the event with a mark of 50’04.5″ (15.35m). Scott Dorian also finished second for the Tribe, turning in a mark of 565″03.75″ in the shot put. In the long jump, Kolby Jones placed fifth, jumping a distance of 23’10.75″ (7.27m). In the final event of the day, hurler Ryan O’Donnell finished sixth in the weight throw at 53’01.75. (16.20m.).

The Seminoles return to action on next week when they return to Chapel Hill, N.C. on January 25, to compete in the two-day UNC Classic.

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