July 9, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – Every four years, the track and field season at Florida State is extended for a few more months in preparation for the gathering of the greatest athletes across the world in one place, representing their countries and cultures and looking to step away Olympic medalists. A small contingent from Tallahassee will travel to various spots around the globe, in hopes that their best performances are ahead of them and an offer for an all-expense paid trip to the greatest sports stage in history. Six current and former student-athletes head to Sacramento, California for the 2004 USA Olympic trials, which run from July 9-18 while a number of other Tribe members head to Canada, Jamaica and Switzerland for trials to earn a spot in Athens in August.
Former long jumper Joe Allen (Toledo, OH/Barton C.C.) joins the group headed to Sacramento, Calif. competing as a member of T.C. International. The Barton Community College transfer earned All-America honors after a senior season that saw him etch is name across the Garnet and Gold record section. Allen, who attended FSU from 2000-2001 finished fifth overall in the long jump at indoor nationals with a mark of 25’9.25″. The Toledo, Ohio native racked up numerous accolades in his final season with the Tribe, winning individual conference titles in the long and triple jumps and earning the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference’s Outdoor Meet Most Valuable Performer. Allen holds the Florida State record in the indoor and outdoor long jump, posting marks of 25’9″ and 26’6″ during the 2001 indoor and outdoor seasons, respectively. Allen is seventh on the all-time Florida State men’s top ten list with a mark of 52’4″.2000 ACC Indoor Champion – Long Jump 2000 ACC Indoor Champion – Triple Jump 2001 Indoor All-America – Long Jump 2000 ACC Outdoor Champion – Long Jump 2001 ACC Outdoor Champion – Long Jump 2001 ACC Outdoor Champion – Triple Jump 2001 ACC Outdoor Meet Most Outstanding Performer
Former world record holder Kim Batten (Rochester, N.Y./East Rochester) returns to the track after training this year with longtime Seminole head coach Terry Long. Batten, who is already a two-time Olympian, won the silver medal in the 400m hurdles in Atlanta in 1996. Batten already has a 1997 bronze medal and 1995 world championship under her belt. She has consistently been ranked in the top 10 every year since 1991 by Track and Field News including number one in 1995 and 1998 and number two in 1994, 1996 and 1997. Relatively un-recruited out of high school, Batten boasts a personal best mark of 52.61 in the 400m hurdles which was once the top mark in the world.
Batten solidified her place amongst the elite in FSU history during her four-year campaign (1988-1991) in Tallahassee where she ended every season competing on the national stage. In 1990, she qualified in three individual events at the 1990 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and ran a leg on the 400m relay team. Batten finished second in the 400m hurdles at nationals in 1990. She was also named the Metro Conference’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete after both the 1989 and 1990 seasons. As a freshman, Batten jumped 41’10.25″ to earn a spot on the national stage.
Batten still holds the 100m (13.06) and 400m (53.98) hurdles records for Florida State and the Mike Long Track quarter hurdle record (54.41). She is fourth in the triple jump (42’6″) and fifth all-time on the long jump list (20’9″).World Record Holder 400m Hurdles (52.61) 2x Olympian (1996, 2000) – Silver Medalist (1996) 4x World Champion Participant (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997) 1995 World Champion – 400m Hurdles 1997 Bronze Medalist – 400m Hurdles 1990 Metro Conference Most Outstanding Female Performer 1989 Metro Conference Most Outstanding Female Performer 1990 4-Time NCAA Outdoor All-American – Triple Jump and 1990 Metro Conference Champion – Triple Jump, 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles 1989 Metro Conference Champion – Triple Jump, 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles 1989 NCAA All-American – Triple Jump
Teresa Bundy (Cleveland, OH/Cleveland Heights) heads to the trials to secure a spot on the USA team in the triple jump. The 2002 NCAA National Champion triple jumper was one of the best in school history holding the top spot with a mark of 45’3″. From 2000-2003, the 2002 All-American was also one of the top sprinters on the team, winning the 100m dash at the conference meet in 2002. Alongside her sprinting victory, Bundy took home the triple jump title – en route to a national title – and ran a leg of the conference-winning, 4x100m relay team. The relay crown was her second, as she was an integral part of the 2000 4x400m relay team.2002 NCAA National Champion – Triple Jump 2002 NCAA Outdoor All-American 2002 ACC Champion – Triple Jump, 100m dash, 4x100m relay 2000 ACC Champion – 4x400m relay
Mario Lowe (Lithonia, GA/Titusville), a standout in the triple jump from 1999-2002, earned All-American honors during his senior campaign, after placing fourth overall at nationals. The Lithonia, GA native won the triple jump during the 2001 Indoor and 2002 ACC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Lowe earned All-ACC honors all four years competing in the Garnet and Gold and is fourth on the Seminoles all-time triple jump list with a mark of 53′, recorded at the 2002 NCAA National Championships.2002 NCAA Outdoor All-American 2001 ACC Indoor Champion – Triple Jump 2002 ACC Indoor Champion _ Triple Jump 2002 ACC Outdoor Champion – Triple Jump
Rising senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) is one of two current Seminoles on the list of Olympic hopefuls representing the U.S. and Florida State. The four-time All-American made her third straight appearance in the 1500m run at the NCAA National Championships meet, finishing 13th overall. Hughes posted a third place finish at the NCAA East Regional meet in a time of 4:20.62. The Grand Junction, CO native holds the top two spots on the Seminole roster in the 800m dash and four of the five fastest 1500m times on the team this season. Hughes was one of three Seminoles on the women’s team to win Atlantic Coast Conference event titles in 2004. She won the 1500m in a season-best 4:16.55 at the ACC Championship meet. In addition to her three All-American honors on the track, she recently added her name to the short list of Tribe members who have earned those honors in cross country. Hughes also ran a leg on the distance medley relay team that won the conference event title this season. She holds the school record in the 1500m run (4:16.32) and the mile run (4:39.17).2004 NCAA Outdoor All-American 2004 NCAA Indoor All-American 2003 NCAA Outdoor All-American 2002 NCAA Outdoor All-American 2003 NCAA East Regional Champion – 1500m Run 2004 ACC Outdoor Champion – 1500m Run 2004 ACC Indoor Champion – Mile Run 2004 ACC Indoor Champion – Distance Medley Relay
Lacy Janson is a four-time All American in the pole vault who appeared in her third straight NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Janson, one of two current Garnet and Gold members heading to Sacramento, earned a spot at nationals after finishing in the top five at the NCAA East Regional meet, with a vault of 13’1.75″. Janson spent the majority of the season in fourth place in the nation, with her vault of 13’11.75″, posted at the Texas Relays. She became the first female in the ACC to win her third consecutive outdoor conference pole vault title (2002-04), vaulting to a height of 13’7.25″ (4.15m). The Sarasota, FL native holds five overall conference titles (2002 Indoor, 2003 Indoor) in addition to her 2003 NCAA Indoor National Championship title. In 2002, Janson earned All-America honors with a sixth place finish at the indoor national championships. She followed up the performance with a ninth place finish at nationals during her outdoor campaign. During high school, she was a member of the U.S. Junior national team and won the 2001 Junior Pan American Games in Argentina. That same year, Janson was the national high school champion in the pole vault.2003 NCAA Indoor National Champion – Pole Vault 2003 NCAA Indoor All-American 2003 NCAA Outdoor All-American 2002 NCAA Outdoor All-American 2002 NCAA Indoor All-American 2004 ACC Outdoor Champion – Pole Vault 2003 ACC Outdoor Champion – Pole Vault 2003 ACC Indoor Champion – Pole Vault 2002 ACC Outdoor Champion – Pole Vault 2002 ACC Indoor Champion – Pole Vault
Others representing their respective countries in the Olympic trials include:Cedric Nabe (Switzerland) – sprints Dorian Scott (Jamaica) – shot put Rhoan Sterling (Canada) – sprints
For more information on the Seminoles participating in the US Olympic Trials, visit www.usatf.org. Batten is the first Tribe member to take center stage, competing in the 400m hurdles on Friday, July 9, at 6:00 p.m. Bundy’s triple jump prelims begin on Friday at 6:25 p.m. while Allen starts at 8:00 p.m.