May 20, 2000
ATLANTA — The Florida State track and field team traveled to the
campus of Georgia Tech this weekend for their last chance to qualify for the
NCAA Outdoor Championships. Senior standout Samantha George saved her
fastest time of the season in the 400m dash for the Georgia Tech Invitational
and solidified her place at the NCAA’s, finishing in second with a time of
George, who already had the fifth-best 400m mark in the country heading
into the weekend, will await the final results from meets around the country
to see where she stacks up heading into the National Championships at the end
of the month. Joining George in Atlanta were several other teammates looking
to enhance their position for the NCAA’s.
Sophomore Christian Bland finished third in the high jump and just missed
a provisional qualifying mark by 0.02m and sophomore Makiba Batten, who had
previously established a provisional mark in the discus throw, missed a
provisional mark in Georgia this weekend by a little less than three feet.
Batten finished fourth in the competition.
Senior LaKeisha Mose placed third in the hammer throw and seniors Lindsay
Adkins-Osborn and Nikki Allen placed fifth and eighth respectively, in the
pole vault. Another senior, in what might have been the last meet of her
career, captured ninth place in the javelin throw with a toss of 41.38m.
Junior Joe Allen, whose best jump of the year would have won the meet this
weekend, scratched on his attempts to improve.
Members of the Florida State track and field team that do qualify for the
NCAA Outdoor Championships will have a little under two weeks to prepare for
the event scheduled to begin May 31st.