March 10, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles’ track and field program sent three athletes to the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and left Fayetteville, Ark., with three top-five finshers and three All-Americans. Following yesterday’s fifth-place finish by senior Joe Allen, juniors Laura Gerber and Shawn Brown collected top-five finishes in today’s action.
Gerber, a junior who lists her hometown as Geneva, Switzerland, competed in the 800m run in Arkansas. Gerber started the day off with a seventh-place finish in the prelims of the 800m after running a 2:07.36, just good enough to make it into the finals. Gerber made the most out of her prelim finish, crossing the line in third-place in the finals with a time of 2:08.84. Gerber was just .37 seconds off of second-place. Texas El-Paso’s Svetlana Badrankova won the event with a time of 2:06.58. Gerber’s impressive finish ads to her list of already impressive accolades. In 2000, an Olympic year, Gerber qualified for the Olympic Trials for her native country of Zimbabwe in the 400m (53.88). Gerber has also been an integral part of the women’s 4x400m relay team, a team which won the outdoor conference title last season.
Since transferring from the University of South Florida, Shawn Brown has seen immense success. After earning ACC Athlete of the Week honors earlier this season when he put up what was then the third-best mark in the country, Brown has now ended his 2001 indoor season as an All-American. The Tampa, Fla., native cleared 7-02.50 for a fourth-place finish in the high jump competition. Brown currently owns the third-best high jump in Florida State history with a 7-03.75 mark he cleared at the Virginia Tech Invite earlier this season. Brown has now cleared 7-feet four times this season, including a 7-00.50 mark at the ACC Indoor Championships to claim a second-place finish and All-ACC honors. Charles Clinger of Weber State won the NCAA title with a mark of 7-05.00.
The Seminoles will now regroup for the squad’s second home meet of the outdoor season. Florida State will host the Snowbird Invitational on March 10 at Mike Long Track.