May 13, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, FL –
The Florida State men’s and women’s track and
field teams concluded their 1999-2000 home season Saturday, May 13th as
they hosted the Seminole Twilight at Mike Long Track. The meet featured
athletes from all over the world including two who have held world records.
One of the meet’s highlights was the 100m dash featuring the NCAA’s
eighth and 10th ranked runners. Tonya Carter, the ACC’s Women Performer of
the Year and owner of the eighth fastest 100m dash this season, faced off
against FAMU’s Shaunta Pelham who holds the NCAA’s 10th fastest 100m dash
time. Carter finished with a time of 11.38 but that wasn’t quite good
enough to hold off the FAMU star, but Carter should still retain the eighth
spot in the NCAA standings.
Makiba Batten entered Saturday’s meet hoping to improve on her mark
in the women’s discus and she accomplished her goal. Batten’s throw of
52.68m was a season best mark and may have landed her a spot in the NCAA
Outdoor Championships. Batten’s throw jumped her from 22nd in the NCAA to
15th. Batten has one more meet to solidify her position and secure a spot
in the NCAA’s.
Chinette Johnson, an All-ACC selection, set an NCAA Provisional
Qualifying mark and a personal season best in the heptathlon Saturday.
Johnson took first place and posted a score of 5262 points. She now ranks
21st in the NCAA with one meet to go.
Florida State’s Samantha George finished first in the 400m dash
with a time of 52.51 and her Seminole teammate Laura Gerber finished third
in the 400m with a personal season best time of 53.88. Lindsay Adkins also
took home a first place finish with a mark of 11’00.75 in the pole vault.
Lady Seminole Zuzette Mullings finished second in two events Saturday
afternoon. Mullings recorded a mark of 18’05.75 in the women’s long jump
and a mark of 40’07.75 in the triple jump.
For the Florida State men’s team, Iain Harnden finished first in
the 110m high hurdles with a time of 14.33 and freshman Danyne Brown placed
third with a personal season best time of 14.40. Mike Jennings posted a
mark of 46.86 in the 400m dash and placed third.
Seminole sophomore Josh Bowling had an impressive outing Saturday.
Bowling placed first in the hammer throw with a personal season best mark
of 171’03.00. Darius Jones also garnered a first place finish. Jones scored
6584 points on his way to a victory in the decathlon.
Two world class athletes also took part in the Seminole Twilight
Saturday as they continue to prepare for the 2000 Summer Olympics in
Sydney, Australia. FSU assistant track coach Kim Batten set a world record
in the 400m hurdles in 1995 and continued her training by running that
event Saturday night. England’s Jonathon Edwards, the world record holder
in the triple jump, also took part in the Seminole Twilight.
The Seminole’s wrapped up the home portion of their record-breaking
season Saturday and will conclude the regular season at Georgia Tech May
19th and 20th. NCAA qualifiers will head to Durham, NC to take part in the
NCAA Outdoor Championships May 31st through June 3rd.