April 21, 2001
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida State men’s track and field team ended the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a second-place finish, only six points behind the Clemson Tigers who grabbed the team title. The Seminoles notched four more individual titles in the final day of competition. The women’s squad ended the championships with 116 points for a third place finish.
Maarten van den Heuvel grabbed the first individual title of the afternoon for the Garnet and Gold, as The Netherlands native ran a 1:49.84 in the 800m run for a first-place finish. Wade Brett finished fourth in the same event, finishing in 1:51.34. Matt Mason led a Seminole-surge in the 400m hurdles, as the freshman from Marietta, Ga., ran a 50.80 for the 400m hurdles title. Mason was followed by Byron Taylor (50.97) and Danyne Brown (51.20) as Florida State swept the top three spots in that event. Junior Shawn Brown notched the `Noles third ACC crown of the day, as the transfer from the University of South Florida cleared a career-high and NCAA automatic mark of 7-04.5o, securing himself a trip to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championships. The marks tieds the top mark in the country heading into this weekend. The next closest competitor, Doug Ameigh of Clemson, finished over three inches behind Brown. The Seminoles 4x400m relay team joined the `Noles winning ways, as the relay team lived up to expectations and claimed the ACC title. Joe Allen finished off an incredible showing at the ACC Championships, as the senior from Toledo, Ohio claimed the conference title in the triple jump, going 52-04, after grabbing the title in the long jump on Friday. Mario Lowe finished second in the event, as the favorite heading into the weekend hit the sand with a mark of 51-11.75.
Also contributing points for Florida State was Michael Jennings. Jennings crossed the line in 21.01 for a second-place finish in the 200m dash. The runner up finish was the second for the sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., after he claimed second place in the 400m dash earlier in the day with a time of 45.55. The men’s 4x100m relay team also posted a second place time, running a 40.44, falling just short of Clemson (40.24). Dorian Scott wrapped up the Seminoles’ silver-medal finishes as the freshman finished second in the shot put (57-02).
The Florida State women’s squad worked its way into third place with several top-five finishes. Laura Gerber notched the squad’s top time in the 800m run as the junior from Geneva, Switzerland crossed the line in 2:06.95 for a second place finish. Keya Crutchfield also saw great success on the track, as the junior from Coatsville, Penn., tallied third place finishes in back-to-back events. Crutchfield ran an 11.79 in the 100m dash and crossed the line in 23.51 in the 200m dash. Clemson’s Cydonie Mothersill won both events. The Florida State relay squads added points to the total, as both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams claimed second-place finishes. The 4x100m team ran a 45.11, while the 4x400m team finished in 3:37.32. Teresa Bundy added another second-place finish for the Seminoles, hitting the sand with a mark of 41-08.75 in the triple jump. Junior Taressa Davis jumped 38-08.25 for an eighth-place finish in the same event. Rounding out the top finishers for FSU was Makiba Batten who ended the day with her second All-ACC performance. Batten tossed the shot 47-04.50 for a third-place finish in that event.
With the conference season concluded, Florida State will now focus on the NCAA Championships with the meets ahead. The Seminoles will head back to Tallahassee before heading to the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania the weekend of April 26-28.