June 1, 2002
BATON ROUGE, La. –
Florida State’s men’s track and field team earned its first points at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday night, as senior Mario Lowe finished fourth in the triple jump. Lowe’s finish earned the Seminoles five points, placing FSU in 28th place heading into the final day of events on Saturday. Lowe, a native of Lithonia, Ga., turned in a career-best mark of 53-00.00 (16.15m), good enough for third best all time in school history. This is the first All-America honor for Lowe, who finished 13th at last year’s meet.
Lowe joins Kim Jones (Greensboro, N.C.) as FSU’s two All-America honorees for the 2002 outdoor season. Jones earned All-America honors on Thursday in the long jump and will attempt to repeat the honor on Saturday in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.
Nakeya Crutchfield (Coatesville, Penn.) finished 15th in the women’s 100-meter dash. Crutchfield’s time of 11.76 was just short of qualifying her for Saturday’s finals.
Brown will give the men’s team a strong chance to finish in the top 25. He has earned three-straight All-America titles in the long jump, including indoor competition. Brown, who has battled tendonitis in his planting knee all season, is still considered a favorite in Saturday’s finals.
Bundy will compete in the women’s triple jump, which she automatically qualified for during the regular season. She enters the meet with the third-best mark in the nation at 43-10.00.
Hughes qualified fourth for the finals of the women’s 1,500-meter run during preliminary heats on Thursday. Even though Hughes is in the finals, she will need to finish eighth out of the 12 runners to earn All-America honors.