February 18, 2000 - by
Seminoles Claim Victories On The First Day Of ACC Track And Field Competition

Feb. 18, 2000



BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track teams
got off to a strong start during the first day of competition at the ACC
Indoor Track and Field Championships. Junior Joe Allen won the long jump
and set an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a jump of 25’1 1/4″.
Sophomore Makiba Batten won the shot put with a personal season best throw
of 48’4 1/2″ and five other Lady Seminoles earned top five finishes.

The Lady Seminoles finished the day with 46 points and in second
place in the team standings. The University of North Carolina women are
currently in first place with 69 points and NC State is in third with 22.
The Florida State men’s team finished the first day of competition in
fourth place with 20 points. The University of North Carolina is currently
in first place with 31 points, Clemson is in second with 25 points, and NC
State is in third with 24 points.

Lindsay Adkins-Osborne took second place in the women’s pole volt
with a personal season best mark of 11’10.00″ and senior Nikki Allen
finished fourth. LaKeisha Mose took third in the shot put and finished two
spots behind teammate and ACC shot put champion Makiba Batten. Junior
Chinette Johnson broke her personal season best in the high jump and earned
a fourth place finish. Michaela Steele also garnered points for the Lady
Seminoles with a sixth place finish in the same event.

Lady Seminoles Tonya Carter and Samantha George also had strong
first days. Carter and George each qualified with the fastest preliminary
time in two separate events. Carter earned an NCAA automatic qualifying
time in the 60m dash with a mark of 7.29. The senior also finished first in
the 200m preliminary with a time of 24.22. George’s time of 54.20 was the
fastest preliminary time for the 400m and she also led all runners with a
time of 2:09.46 in the 800m preliminaries.

Teresa Bundy and Zuzette Mullings each qualified for the 60m finals
along with Carter. Bundy finished third with a time of 7.54 and Mullings
finished seventh. The Lady Seminoles will enter Saturday’s 60m dash final
with three participants in the eight runner field. Florida State also
qualified three runners for the 200m finals. Bundy and Tangela Wobbleton
will join Carter in Saturday’s final. Junior Chinette Johnson finished
eighth in the 400m preliminaries and that qualified her to join George in
Saturday’s final as well.

The Florida State men got a strong performance from Donald Heaven.
The senior took fourth place in the men’s shot put with a personal season
best mark of 52’07.25″. Freshman Kolby Jones finished in fifth place in the
long jump with a mark of 24’02.24″ and senior Iain Harnden equaled his
personal season best time while qualifying for the finals in the men’s 60m
hurdles.

The ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships will conclude
Saturday. Events begin at 10:00a.m. for the men and 11:00 a.m. for the
women.

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