January 18, 2001 - by
Garnet And Gold Look To Continue Success In Virginia Tech Invite

Jan. 18, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In Florida State’ third meet of the season, the men’s and women’s track and field squads will look to hit stride in the indoor season, as they compete at the Kroger Invitational at Virginia Tech University. FSU will compete against 32 different track programs, including conference foes Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. FSU will additionally take on national powerhouses William & Mary and Georgetown who are both ranked in the top-25 of the most recent Trackwire poll.

The women’s squad is led by junior Makiba Batten, as well as up and coming pole vaulting star, Megan Robbins. Robbins had the only first-place mark for the women’s squad in last weekend’s Florida Intercollegiates, coming through with an impressive 12-foot vault (12-01.50), which was good enough to land her in second-place all-time at Florida State. Robbins will be joined by Lindsay Osborn who cleared 11-09.75 to tie the second-best mark of the day at the Florida Intercollegiates. Osborn returns FSU’s top mark from last season in the vault, after clearing 12-02.00 at the Florida Relays, notching the best vault in Florida State history. Batten will look to extend her dominance in the field events, coming off a second-place performance in the shot put in Gainesville, Fla., as she tossed the implement 46-05.25. Batten added an eighth-place finish in the weight throw, with a mark of 47-03.50.

The men’s team will hit Blacksburg, Va., in stride, on its way to polishing a solid team that is a combination of strong veteran leadership and youthful intensity. The `Noles top returner is Joe Allen. The senior from Toledo, Ohio continued where he left off last season, as the ACC indoor and outdoor title-holder took another step to defend his conference crown with a second-place finish at the Florida Intercollegiates. Allen is joined in the sand by teammates Kolby Jones (long jump) and Mario Lowe (triple jump). Lowe gave the Seminoles a third-place finish in the triple jump while Jones helped the Tribe sweep the two of the top-three spots with a third-place finish in the long jump. After two meets, the Seminoles have distanced themselves from the crowd in the field events. B.J. Linnenbrink took the 35-pound weight throw title as FSU went on to sweep the top-three spots in that event, with Josh Bowling finishing second and newcomer Darian Scott closing out third place. In the high jump, FSU will send Christian Bland over the bar to match up against the best the nation has to offer. Bland cleared 7-00.50 to win the high jump at the Florida Intercollegiates, a mark which was equaled by teammate Shawn Brown.

The action will begin with the men’s triple jump at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19. Action will resume on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. before the meet wraps up at 5:40 p.m., following the 4x400m relay. All information and results will be available following the events at www.seminoles.com.

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