March 16, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams host their second outdoor track meet of the season this weekend, with much of the action having concluded on Friday afternoon. Friday’s events featured the javelin, as well as an interesting appearance by world record holder Kim Batten.
In Day One of the 2001 Snowbird Invitational, Florida State posted several first-place finishes, but one of the most interesting races of the day featured a second-place finish by a member of the Seminole squad. Nabovi Oliver faced world record holder Kim Batten in a 300m hurdles race, in which he finished just behind the former Seminole. Batten won the race in 39.73, while Oliver crossed the line in 39.86.
The story of the day for the `Noles came in the thrower’s circle as both squads excelled in the hammer throw. Nicole Scott took the title in the women’s hammer throw, tossing a season- and team-best mark of 162-11. Florida State continued its dominance in that event, taking the first, second and third places in that event, as Sara White (162-03) and Karen Rademeyer (144-09) finished second and third, respectively. On the men’s side, it was B.J. Linnenbrink notching the hammer title, tossing the implement a season-high 174-02 for the title. FSU again took the 1-2-3 spots as Ryan O’Donnell (171-04) and Josh Bowling (170-05) helped the Seminoles claim the sweep of the first three spots.
Long jumper Matt Mason also had an impressive finish on the day, as the freshman from Marietta, Ga., continued the legacy of long jumpers at Florida State, claiming first place in that event with a mark of 24-05.00.
Rademeyer added a second-place finish in the javelin with a mark of 144-09, while the women’s 4x200m team and the distance medley relay team both crossed the line first. The 4x200m relay team ran a 1:36.36, while the DMR team claimed first place with a time of 12:23.45.
The 2001 Snowbird Invitational will continue on Saturday, March 17, beginning at noon. The meet will continue on a rolling schedule until its completion Saturday night.