Feb. 10, 2002
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
The Florida State track and field team turned in an impressive showing this weekend at the Gator Invitational held at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. At the meet, which concluded Sunday evening, the Seminoles won four events, broke three school records, one Atlantic Coast Conference record, turned in four top ACC marks, had three athletes turn in provisional qualifying marks and one automatic mark for the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.
Freshman sensation Lacy Janson broke her own school record in the women’s pole vault by vaulting 13’05.25″ to take first place and automatically qualify for the NCAA’s. Janson’s mark is the second-highest vault turned in by a freshman in the nation and ranks as the eighth-best overall. The height was only a quarter of and inch off the ACC record and is the top mark in the conference this year. Janson’s mark also broke the three-year old O’Connell Center Indoor Track record.
Senior thrower B.J. Linnenbrink won the men’s weight throw with and ACC record and provisional mark of 68’07.25″. In addition to the conference record, the mark set a new school record, surpassing the distance of 65’2.25″ set by Jody Lawrence in 1999. The throw ranks Linnenbrink seventh in the nation.
Junior pole vaulter Jeff Atkinson continued his impressive season by vaulting a NCAA provisional mark for the third time this year. His ACC-best mark of 17’01.75″ was good enough to place him first at the meet.
Not to be outdone by the field event athletes, junior hurdler Kim Jones ran an impressive time of 7.75 in the 55-meter hurdles. Jones placed second overall with her ACC-best time. Jones now owns the top ACC times in the 55 and 60m hurdles and is provisionally qualified in both events.
Sophomore sprinter Cedrick Robinson rounds out FSU’s first-place finishers with his win in the men’s 400-meter dash. Robinson won the event with a time of 48.11.
The Seminoles will now spend the week preparing for the upcoming ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship, which is to be held on February 15-16, in Chapel Hill, N.C.