April 14, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State track and field teams will
host their second United States Track Coaches Association Series quad-meet
of the season Saturday at Mike Long Track. The Seminoles will compete
against Ohio State University, the University of Miami, and Tulane
University in their last meet before next week’s ACC Outdoor Championships.
Florida State will be facing some of the nation’s top collegiate
athletes this weekend and the Lady Seminoles will look to seniors Samantha
George and Tonya Carter to continue their strong outdoor performances.
Carter has posted the best time in the ACC this season in both the 100m and
200m dash. The reigning NCAA 60m dash champion will be looking to improve
her times and set NCAA Automatic Qualifying marks.
George owns the fastest time in the ACC in two events this season.
She leads the conference and has set NCAA Provisional Qualifying times in
the 400m and 800m dash. Miami’s Wyllesheia Myrick should challenge George
in the 400m dash after setting a school record in that event two weeks ago.
In the 800m event, All-American Hurricane Natalie Watson should push George
after posting an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time at the Gatorade Classic.
The 4x400m relays should be two of the most closely contested
events of the weekend. The Lady Seminoles hold the ACC’s top time in this
event but Miami and Ohio State have both posted first place finishes in the
4x400m in their most recent meets. The Seminole men will face an Ohio State
relay team that has already posted an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of
3:06.63 at the Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational.
Another anticipated match-up will pit Tulane’s Edrige Darling
versus Seminole senior Iain Harnden in the 400m hurdles. Harnden has set
two Zimbabwe National records in the 400m hurdles this outdoor season. He
will be looking to shave .29 seconds off of his season best time of 50.39
in hopes of posting a NCAA Automatic Qualifying time. Harnden will also
face stiff competition in the 110m hurdles from Miami’s Caldrequis Lesley.
The Seminoles hope the competitive field will help them prepare for
next Friday and Saturday’s ACC Championships. The Seminoles currently have
34 of the top five fastest times or marks posted in the ACC this season.
The field events will get underway Saturday at noon at Mike Long Track on
the Florida State campus.