April 1, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The Florida State track and field teams hosted
their first United States Track Coaches Association Series quad-meet of the
season Saturday at Mike Long Track. The Seminoles competed against Kansas
State University, the Air Force Academy, and the University of South
The Florida State men’s track and field team finished first and
ended the day with ten first-place finishes, two NCAA Provisional
Qualifying times, and another Zimbabwe national record for Iain Harnden.
Harnden, a senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, broke the Zimbabwe
national record in the 100m high hurdles he set two weeks ago at the FSU
Relays. His time of 14.08 was also good enough for a first-place finish.
Harden also finished first and shattered his season personal best time in
the 400m hurdles. His mark of 50.39 set an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time
for the event. Harnden has now set provisional marks in both hurdles events
this outdoor season.
The Lady Seminoles completed the meet with seven first-place
finishes, two NCAA Provisional Qualifying times, and a second-place finish
in the overall standings. The Florida State women’s track and field team
was once again lead by Tonya Carter and Samantha George on the track and
Lindsay Adkins-Osborn, Makiba Batten, and LaKeisha Mose in the field.
The final team scores for the women were Kansas State University
196, Florida State University 190, University of South Florida 169, and the
Air Force Academy 77. The final team results for the men were Florida State
University 200, the Air Force Academy 171, Kansas State University 169, and
the University of South Florida 96.
Seminole jumper Joe Allen set an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark
and finished in first-place in the men’s long jump with a jump measuring
25’10.75. Allen also placed second in the men’s triple jump with a mark of
49’07.00. Florida State’s Mario Lowe edged Allen with a jump of 50’01.75
and finished first in the event. The Seminole’s Jeff Atkinson and Gary
Visser placed first and second in the men’s pole vault. Atkinson placed
first with a mark of 16’00.00 and Visser finished second with a vault of
Carter continued her outstanding season by taking home first-place
finishes in the 100m and 200m dash. Carter set an NCAA Provisional
Qualifying time in the 100m with a mark if 11.48 and just missed another
provisional time in the 200m with a mark of 23.61. George set another NCAA
Provisional Qualifying mark and finished first in the 400m dash with a time
The Lady Seminoles also set an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time in
the 4x100m relay with a mark of 44.67. The FSU women’s 4x400m relay team
took home a first-place finish with a time of 3:42.81. In the women’s pole
vault, Adkins-Osborn set a personal season best and finished first with a
mark of 12’00.00. Mose placed first and had a Seminole season best mark in
the women’s hammer throw. Batten, a sophomore from Detroit, placed first
in the women’s discus with a mark of 162’09.00.
Seminole Freshman Marteen van den Heuvel finished first with a
Seminole season best time of 1:52.08 in the 800m run. The FSU men’s relay
teams took home first-place
finishes in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay events. Florida State’s
Christian Bland placed first in the men’s high jump with a mark of 6’08.00
and Seminole Jeff Atkinson took home first-place in the men’s pole vault
with a mark of 16’00.00.
The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams head to
Austin, TX next week to take part in the Texas Relays. The event will begin
Friday April 7th and conclude Saturday April 8th.