Feb. 3, 2002
LINCOLN, Neb. –
The Florida State track and field team traveled to Lincoln, Neb. on Friday to compete against many of the top track and field athletes in the nation at the weekend-long Adidas Invitational/Nebraska Distance Extravaganza at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska. Kim Jones turned in her top performance of the season as she not only provisionally qualified for the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championship, but also ran the fastest 60-meter hurdles in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a time of 8.38. Jones placed fifth overall among the strong field of hurdlers.
Pole vaulter Megan Robbins also provisionally qualified with the third-highest mark in the ACC of 12’05.5″. Ahead of Robbins, who finished fourth, was freshman standout Lacy Janson with a second-place height of 12’09.5″. Janson provisionally qualified earlier in the season when she vaulted a school-record 13’01.5″.
On the men’s side, Jeff Atkinson vaulted a provisional-height of 17’01.5″, which ranks as the best mark in the ACC. Atkins passed his previous season-best, ACC-best and NCAA provisional height of 17’0.5″.
Michael Jennings’ third-place finish in the 400m dash at 47.73 ranks as the No. 1 time in the ACC. Craphonso Thorpe, a wide receiver on the FSU football team, turned in the second-fastest 200m dash time of 21.42 to finished third.
2001 All-American Laura Gerber won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.72. Later in the competition she placed second in the 600m run at 1:22.42. In the 800m, Gerber was followed by Natalie Hughes’ fourth-place finish at 2:15.67.
Other top finishes for the men included Dave Johnson’s win in the 600m run at 1:10.31, Joep Tigchelaar’s third-place finish in the 3000m (8:22.02) and All-American Shawn Brown’s third-place mark of 7’0.25″ in the high jump.
The Seminoles return to action on February 9-10, when they travel to Gainesville, Fla. to compete at the Gator Indoor Invitational.