May 7, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The Florida State men’s and women’s track and
field teams took part in three different meets over the weekend. While most
of the team spent Saturday at the USTCA quad-meet hosted by Life
University, the pole-vaulters traveled to Athens, Georgia to take part in
the Georgia Invitational and select members of the team traveled to Ohio
State University for the Jesse Owens Invitational.
The Florida State men took first place in the quad-meet despite Joe
Allen being the only Seminole to win an event for the men Saturday. Allen,
an All-ACC long jumper, finished first in that event with a mark of
24’10.00. The victory was a total team effort that required many people to
step up their performances Saturday.
Josh Bowling led the Seminoles with a team-high 14 points. Bowling,
a sophomore from Tallahassee, placed fourth in the discus (146’06.00),
fifth in the hammer throw (160’00.00), and sixth in the javelin (99’05.00).
Ryan O’Donnell contributed 10 points by placing sixth in the hammer throw
(156’00.00) and fifth in the javelin (124’01.00). Donald Heaven also
contributed in the field events and posted a season best mark for the
Seminoles in the discus. Heaven’s throw of 160’11.00 was good enough for
Mike Jennings, Byron Taylor, and the men’s 4x400m relay team all
set personal best times for the outdoor season on the track Saturday.
Jennings finished second in the 400m dash with a time of 46.42 and just
missed setting a NCAA Provisional Qualifying time. The men’s 4x400m relay
team placed second and also just missed a NCAA Provisional time with a mark
of 3:08.46. Taylor finished third in the 400m high hurdles with a time of
51.87. Freshman Danyne Brown also had a strong showing in the hurdles.
Brown placed second with a time of 14.68.
The Florida State men won two of three USTCA quad-meets this season
and scored 141 total points Saturday to finish first in this meet. The
University of Kansas finished second (124), St. Augustine finished third
(102), Life University finished fourth (98), and East Carolina University
finished fifth (91). Life University finished in first with 185.5 points on
the women’s side. The Lady Seminoles placed second (136), St. Augustine
finished third (107.5), University of Kansas finished fourth (90), and East
Carolina University finished fifth (46).
LaKeisha Mose and Makiba Batten led the Lady Seminoles Saturday.
Batten was Florida State’s top performer with 18 points. She placed first
in the shot put with a mark of 45’01.00 and also took first place in the
discus with a throw of 164’03.00. Mose totaled 16 points by finishing first
in the hammer throw (173’09.00) and second in the shot put (45’00.50). Sara
White also had a strong meet and contributed 12 points. White placed third
in the discus (122’04.00) and the hammer throw (145’02.00).
On the track, Nakeya Crutchfield continues to impress as the season
nears a close. Crutchfield contributed 10 points and set a personal season
best time in the 100m dash (11.74). She also placed seventh in the 200m
dash with a time of 25.27. Kim Jones finished first in the 100m low hurdles
with a time of 14.21. Chinette Johnson contributed 11 points by placing
third in the 400m hurdles (1:01.51) and fourth in the high jump (5’05.75).
The women’s 4x100m relay team finished second with a mark of 45.63.
In other action, Nikki Allen placed eighth in the pole vault at the
Georgia Invitational with a mark of 3.20m. Samantha George finished third
with a time of 2:06.37 in the 800m run at the Jesse Owens Classic.
The Seminoles will host their last home meet of the season Saturday
May 13th. The Seminole Twilight will take place at Mike Long Track on the
Florida State University campus.