March 11, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed with a split squad this weekend with three important members of the team competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships, while the rest of the squad traveled across town to compete in the FAMU Relays. The `Noles faced off against Bethune Cookman, South Carolina State, Beloit College and Grambling State, among others.
Leading the squad, as she did in several meets last season, was junior Makiba Batten. Batten took the title in both the shot put and the discus, colleting marks of 43-08.75 and 159-05.50, respectively. Following close behind Batten in the shot put was teammate Nicole Scott. Scott tossed the implement a career-best 43-03.25 for a second-place finish. Jennifer Curry owned second-place in the discus, as the freshman from Macon, Ga., notched a 131-05.50 mark. Sara White and Crystal Couey finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the discus. In other action in the field events, Carrie Crandall went 10-feet for the pole vault title. Teammates Danielle Walker and Trinetta Fisher finshed second and third, respectively, for the Seminole sweep. Taressa Davis added another top-three mark with her third-place finish in the triple jump, hitting the sand with a mark of 36-11.25.
The Lady Seminoles’ relay teams also put up the top marks of the day. The 4x100m relay team took first place, crossing the finish line with a time of 46.13, while the sprint relay team and the distance medley team also finished first. The DMR team finished in 12:38.36, while the sprint relay team managed a 4:04.18 time.
On the men’s side, the story of the day was also in the field events. With co-triple jumper Joe Allen competing at the NCAA’s, Mario Lowe took the spotlight, nailing a 49-03.00 triple jump for a first-place finish. Dorian Scott took the shot put title, with a mark of 54-02.75. A.J. Hoye and Greg Gorski added first and second-place finishes, respectively, in the javelin, while Marcus Johnson finished fourth in the same event. Hoye tossed the javelin 180-05.25 for the title. Gary Visser, Brooks Weber and Dan Shaffer went 1-2-3 in the pole vault, with Visser’s winning mark clearing 14-06.00.
Florida State’s men’s relay teams put up impressive numbers as well, as the 4x100m and DMR teams both notched first-place finishes. The `Noles distance medley relay-A team finished with a time of 10:06.83, while the `B’ and `C’ teams finished second and third. The 4x100m relay team closed in on the win with a time of 40.98.
Nate Adams (1500m run), Matt Mason (110m hurdles) and Byron Taylor (400m int. hurdles) all ended the day with second-place finishes.