March 16, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field team ended the final day of the Snow Bird Invitational at Mike Long Track on the FSU campus by winning 14 events. Craphonso Thorpe led the way for the Seminoles by winning both the 100 and 200-meter dashes at 10.53 and 21.25, respectively. For the day, the Tribe won six field events and nine track events.
The FSU men’s track team showed its dominance by taking first place in five events. In addition to Thorpe’s two wins, Sean Campbell won the 400m dash at 48.20, Dave Guerra won the steeplechase at 9:30.14 and the 4×400 relay team placed first at 3:05.86.
Other top track finishes for the men included Mike Jennings in the 100m (10.63, second) and 200m (21.44, second), Cedrick Robinson in the 200m (third, 21.54) and 100m (fifth, 10.75), David Johnson in the 800m (second, 1:51.78), Joe Paiva in the 110m hurdles (second, 15.43), and Byron Taylor in the 400m hurdles (second, 51.58).
The women took first in four track events. Kim Jones won the 100m hurdles at 13.88, while Nakeya Crutchfield won the 100m dash with a time of 11.93. Natalie Hughes took first place in the 800m (2:10.69), and Suzanne Shepherd won the steeplechase at 11:29.86.
Other notable finishes for the women’s track team included Jones in the 100m dash (third, 21.10), Tamara Campbell in the 400m dash (third, 55.62), and Jordana Whittington in the 1,500m run (fourth, 4:48.24).
FSU shined in the field events as well, with the men winning four events and the women one. Mario Lowe won the triple jump with a mark of 50.05.50 (15.38m), Jeff Atkinson won the pole vault with a height of 17-00.75 (5.20m), Dorian Scott won the shot put with a throw of 55.09.75 (17.01m) and Marqus Johnson won the discus throw with a toss of 168.11.00 (51.48m).
Other top finishes for the men in the field events included Christian Bland in the high jump (6-08.00, second), Brooks Weber in the pole vault (third, 14-07.25), Josh Bowling in the discus throw (third, 153-08.00), and Scott in the discus throw (fourth, 152.04.00).
Megan Robbins won the women’s pole vault with a NCAA provisional mark of 12-05.50 (3.80m). Mandy Kinney was the Lady Seminoles other top finisher in the field events with a second-place finish in the shot put (46-06.25, 14.18m).
The Seminoles will return to action next week when they host their third outdoor meet of the season with the FSU Relays. Action will begin on Wednesday, March 20, with the first day of the heptathlon and decathlon. Events will continue throughout the week and will conclude on Saturday, March 23.