March 23, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After three days of events, the men’s and women’s track and field teams have posted several impressive marks including many first-place finishes against world-renowned competition. The meet has featured top athletes from conferences such as the Big Ten and the ACC, as well as former Olympians competing on various track clubs.
Today’s competition featured some of FSU’s top athletes. Kim Jones started the day with a fifth-place finish in the 100m dash with a time if 12.25. Jones then went on to run the 110m hurdles, and took the title in that event with a time of 13.89. Ayana Townsend was the next closest FSU finisher in the 100m hurdles, finishing 12th with a time of 14.90. The women’s squad also tallied a second-place finish in the 4x200m relay, crossing the line in 1:36.64, finishing just behind the Big Dog Track Club. The BDTC featured former FSU Olympic athletes Samantha George and Kim Batten. Makiba Batten managed to grab two first-place finishes of her own, as the junior from Detroit, Mich., tossed the discus 166-09 for the second division title as well as claiming the second division title in the shot put. Batten tossed the shot 46-08.25, while teammate Nicole Scott was close behind with a mark of 43-07.00, finishing third.
The most impressive finish of the day for the Lady Seminoles came from junior- Brooke Bastien. The transfer from Jacksonville University made her mark in the FSU record books, collecting a new Mike Long Track record in the 3,000m steeplechase. Bastien posted a time of 11:00.67 for the win, also notching an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Close behind Bastien was teammate Beth Lukens who turned in a time of 11:36.79 for an eighth-place finish.
The women’s squad saw continued success in the pole vault pit, as the duo of Lindsay Osborn and Megan Robbins continued to shine. Robbins claimed the pole vault title in the upper division competition, clearing the bar at 12-05.50 for a season-best mark. Osborn matched the mark, tying Robbins for first place in the event. Close behind was Nikki Allen, competing unattached. Allen was a member of last year’s pole vault squad. Robbins, Allen and Osborn also went 1-2-3 in the lower division vault competition.
On the track, Florida State excelled in the 400m dash. Freshmen Jordana Whittington and Tamara Campbell finished second and third, respectively in the 400m dash. Whittington crossed the line in 57.77, while Campbell finished in 57.91.
The Lady Seminoles wrapped up the competition with a first-place finish in the triple jump. Junior Taressa Davis finished first in the second division triple jump going 38-03.50.
On the men’s side, Danyne Brown, Byron Taylor and Matt Mason finished third, sixth and seventh, respectively, as the trio tried to chase down former teammate Iain Harnden, who won the 110m high hurdles. Brown was the closest finisher, crossing the line in third place with a time of 14.43. Taylor and Mason finished in 14.65 and 14.69, respectively.
The 2001 FSU Relays will conclude Saturday afternoon with the traditional running of the 4x400m relay, at 4:05 p.m. Events will begin with the long jump tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.