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FSU Track And Field Prepares To Host Three Top Teams This Saturday

March 31, 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The 57th Coca Cola Florida Relays concluded
last Saturday with the Florida State track and field team continuing their
impressive start to the outdoor season. The Seminoles tallied six NCAA
Provisional Qualifying times and Makiba Batten broke a three-year old
Florida State school record. This Saturday, the Noles host Kansas State,
South Florida and the Air Force Academy in their first quad-meet of the
outdoor season.

Batten, a sophomore from Detroit, broke the FSU outdoor discus
record while posting a mark of 165’03.00 in the invitational women’s discus
throw. The throw was almost three feet better than Shannon Cook’s FSU
record set in 1997. Batten also placed fifth in the invitational women’s
shot put with a mark of 46’11.50.

Iain Harnden’s time of 51.23 in the men’s 400m hurdles was the
senior’s second NCAA Provisional Qualifying time in just over a week.
Harnden set a Zimbabwe National Record in the 110m hurdles at the FSU
Relays last week. He and freshman Danyne Brown are forming a formidable
combination on the track this outdoor season. Brown finished third in the
110m hurdles with a time of 51.36.

Another Seminole who is continuing to post impressive times is Lady
Nole Samantha George. George, who won the ACC 400m dash indoor crown,
finished first and set an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark in the 800m with
a time of 2:05.14. That was only .14 seconds shy of an NCAA Automatic
Qualifying time.

Two other seniors are leading the Lady Seminoles in the field
events. Lindsay Adkins-Osborn set an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark and
placed second in the invitational women’s pole vault with a mark of
12’01.50. LaKeisha Mose placed second and posted an NCAA Provisional
Qualifying mark in the women’s invitational shot put.

The Lady Seminoles are also posting impressive times in the relay
events. At last week’s FSU Relays the Florida State women set an NCAA
Provisional Qualifying mark and won the 4x400m relay with a time of
3:37.76. The Lady Seminoles posted another NCAA Provisional Qualifying time
in a relay event Saturday at the Florida Relays. The 4x100m relay team
finished third and finished with a time of 45.09.

The Florida State men and women’s track and field teams return to
action Saturday August 1st. The Seminoles will host their first quad-meet
of the outdoor season when the Air Force Academy, the University of South
Florida, and Kansas State University invade Tallahassee’s Mike Long Track.

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