June 25, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field season may have come to an end two weeks ago, but don’t tell that to Garrett Johnson and Dorian Scott. The two shot put phenoms won their events last weekend at the USA and Jamaican national championships, respectively to qualify for the Pan-Am Games, which will be held later this summer.
Freshman Garrett Johnson captured the USA Junior shot put title last weekend at the Cobb Track & Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University out in Palo Alto, Calif., with a throw of 63′ 8.75″ (19.42m). With the victory, Johnson will now travel to the 2003 Junior Pan-Am Games in Bridgetown, Barbados, July 18-20. He also finished fourth in the discus competition at the junior championships establishing a mark of 174′ 4″ (53.13m).
Junior Dorian Scott won the men’s shot put title at the Jamaican National Championships in Kingston, Jamaica with a mark of 58′ 4.75″ (17.80m). Scott earned the right to compete at the national championships after setting the qualifying standard at the Penn Relays back in late April. His mark of 63′ 9″ (19.43m) not only broke the Florida State school record, set earlier in the year by Johnson, but he also set the Jamaican national record. Scott will next compete in Granada in late July as a tune-up before heading off to the Dominican Republic for the 2003 Pan-Am Games in August.