March 22, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In yet another beautiful day out at the Mike Long Track, the FSU Relays came to a close on Saturday afternoon in a front of a packed crowd. The Seminoles went on to establish 12 NCAA regional qualifying marks in 11 different events. Florida State was led by Laura Gerber who blew away the field in the women’s 400m posting an NCAA regional qualifying mark of 52.67. Gerber also ran a leg on the women’s 4×400 relay that placed first in a time of 3:37.25. She was joined by fellow teammates Tamara Campbell, Marla Jackson and Shauna Quinn to post a season best time and in the process qualify for the NCAA regional meet.
Senior distance runner Maarten van den Heuvel came from behind, down the final straight a way, to win the 1500m run. He finished the race with an NCAA regional mark of 3:46.93.
Senior Kim Jones had another productive day finishing in the top two in three events on the final day of competition. She placed first in the 100m hurdles establishing a season best time of 13.33, qualifying for the NCAA Regionals. Jones also ran a leg on the 4x100m that took first place in a time of 46.08. The relay team of Sharneka Brown, Kim Walker, Quinn and Jones went on to earn a spot in the NCAA Regionals, May 30-31 in Fairfax, Va. Jones then finished the day with a second place showing in the women’s long jump competition with a mark of 18′ 8.5″.
In one of the closest races of the day, junior Sean Campbell and senior David Johnson battled to the finish line in the 800m run. Campbell, leading for pretty much then entire race, was able to hold off teammate Johnson to take the event in a time of 1:50.30, while Johnson finished second at 1:50.37. Both times were good for an NCAA regional qualifying mark. Freshman Robert Cooper came in third for the Seminoles with a time of 1:51.97.
In other track events, Danyne Brown was the top performer for the Garnet and Gold in the 110m hurdles, establishing an NCAA regional time of 14.26. Sophomore Kim Walker picked up her second individual victory of the tournament winning the 100m dash in a time of 12.10. She also joined Syndey Mondragon, Evelyne Niako and Brown to finish first in the women’s sprint medley relay with a time of 4:02.43.
In the final relay event of the day, the Florida State team of Cedrick Robinson, Rafeeq Curry, Campbell and Johnson established a season best time of 3:08.14, winning the 4×400 relay and earning a spot in the NCAA Regional Championships.
Florida State claimed two first place finishes in the field events with Makiba Batten in the women’s discus (174′ 0″) and Dorian Scott in the men’s shot put (60′ 0.25″). Freshman Garrett Johnson’s second place finish in the men’s discus was tops for the Seminoles on the day with a throw of 171′ 1″. All three marks for these individuals were good to qualify for the NCAA Regionals.
In the pole vault competition, Jeff Atkinson improved on his season best posting a mark of 16′ 4.75″ (5.00m) to finish in third place. Coming off her NCAA Indoor National Championship last weekend, sophomore Lacy Janson competed in her first outdoor competition of the season in the men’s garnet division pole vault. She went on to finish 12th with a vault of 13′ 8.25″ (4.17m).
Other FSU top five finishers included men’s discus: Dan Royal, third (164′ 7″); women’s 100m hurdles: LaKendra McColumn, third (14.28); women’s 800m run: Syndey Mondragon, fifth (2:16. 26); men’s long jump: Kolby Jones, fifth (22′ 11.25″); men’s pole vault garnet: Brooks Weber, fourth (15′ 1.75″); men’s 400m hurdles: Danyne Brown, fifth (53.80); women’s 100m dash: Sharneka Brown, third (12.29); men’s triple jump: Willie Johnson, second (49′ 3.75″); women’s triple jump: Sharneka Brown, fourth (39′ 11.25″); women’s 1500m: Natalie Hughes, second (4:32.31).
The Seminoles will travel to the Florida Relays at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., March 28-29 for their next meet of the season.