April 19, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With eight meets behind them, the Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams will head to the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., to face the best the conference has to offer in the 2001 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. This marks only the second time the meet is held in Disney.
Brooke Bastien, a transfer from Jacksonville University, will make history along with the rest of the 3,000m steeplechase field. Bastien already has notched the Mike Long Track record in the event, and she will now compete in the first ever 3,000m steeplechase at the ACC Championships. Bastien currently stands fourth in the conference with her NCAA provisional time of 11:00.67. The top time in the conference belongs to Renee Metivier of Georgia Tech, who crossed the line in an NCAA automatic time of 10:32.43. Bastien’s teammate, Beth Lukens , will join her in the inaugural running of the 3,000m steeplechase.
With Bastien and Lukens making history, the rest of the squad will be searching for an ACC Championship. The Florida State women enter the weekend as the defending champions, after claiming their first ever conference crown in 2000. Returning to the squad this year is Makiba Batten who will be searching for a repeat performance of her own, as the Detroit, Mich., native claimed the crown in the 2000 outdoor shot put. Batten, one of the top athletes in the conference in both the shot put and the discus, will face Jamine Moton of Clemson who is the current favorite in both events. Moton owns the edge in marks, however, Batten took the discus title at the Clemson Quad, defeating Moton in their only head-to-head meeting of the season.
Junior Laura Gerber will face the conference’s top 800m runners, as the Geneva, Switzerland native will look to claim the crown after finishing the indoor season as an All-American in that event. Gerber also notched a season-best time in the 400m last weekend at the FSU Quad, as she crossed the line in 53.71 for the ACC’s third-best time. The duo of Teresa Bundy and Keya Crutchfield enter the weekend as the three and four seed, respectively, in the 100m dash. Their top competition will come from Cydonie Mothersill of Clemson who has already notched an NCAA provisional time of 11.31. Mothersill, who has also run an NCAA automatic time in the 200m dash (22.67), will be pushed by Crutchfield in the 200m as well, where she ranks fourth heading into the championships. Ayana Townsend and Amber Russell will look to cross the line first in the 400m hurdles, while Kim Jones, the fourth ranked 100m hurdles athlete, will seek her first individual title. Jones is also part of the Seminoles’ 4x400m team, which finished first at last year’s conference championships. The relay team ran a 3:40.02 this season and is ranked second to Clemson.
The Seminoles continue to look strong in the field events, as the duo of Megan Robbins and Lindsay Osborn has improved weekly in the pole vault. Robbins is ranked third in the ACC with an NCAA provisional mark of 12-06.25, which was matched by Osborn who is ranked fourth. Both athletes will have their hands full with Jillian Schwartz of Duke, who cleared an NCAA automatic 13-05.25 in the vault earlier this year. Junior Karen Rademeyer enters the weekend as the Garnet and Gold’s top athlete in the heptathlon and the javelin.
The men’s squad will be led by senior Joe Allen. The Toledo, Ohio native jumped into the record books earlier this season when he jumped 26-00.75 for a NCAA provisional mark, the top mark in the ACC and a new FSU record. Allen enters the weekend as the second ranked triple jumper as well, behind teammate Mario Lowe who went a provisional 52-07.50.
Freshman sprinter Aneshu Mushonga leads the Seminoles in both the 100m and 200m dashes. Mushonga ran a 21.52 earlier this season to claim the No. 2 spot in the 200m. Mike Jennings and Maarten ven den Heuvel have claimed No. 2 spots as well, in the 400m and 800m, respectively. Sophomore Byron Taylor enters the weekend as the top 400m hurdler with a provisional time of 50.63, a personal record for the Stone Mountain, Ga., native. Rounding out the track events is the Garnet and Gold’s top ranked 4x400m relay team which owns a season-best 3:06.58, an NCAA provisional time and over four seconds faster than the closest competitor.
Joining Lowe and Allen in the field events will be a number of impressive athletes. Shawn Brown will seek his first ACC crown in the high jump, after garnering All-America honors in the indoor season. Brown is tied with Malcolm Reynolds of Clemson for the top mark in the ACC, with a height of 7-02.50. Jeff Atkinson leads Florida State in the pole vault, clearing the bar at a new career-best, 17-00.25. Senior Jason Dean, who returned to the vault after a season-ending injury last year, enters the competition with a mark of 16-04.75. Dorian Scott and Marquis Johnson both stand as the second-ranked shot put and discus throwers in the conference. Scott threw a 57-09.50 in the shot put while Johnson tossed the disc 167-10.
The 2001 ACC Championships kick off at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 20 with the women’s hammer throw, and conclude with the running of the 4x400m relay at 7:50 p.m. on Saturday night.