April 20, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Joe Allen and freshman Marquis Johnson led the Florida State men’s track and field squad in the opening day of the ACC Championships, as their ACC individual championships in the long jump and the discus, respectively, helped the Seminoles hold onto second place after one day of competition. Florida State tallied 52.50 points on the day, just 6.5 points behind Virginia. The defending ACC Champion women’s team currently stands in third, with 47 points. Florida State concluded Day One with 12 All-ACC performers.
“Both the men’s and women’s teams competed hard and did everything we could today,” FSU head coach Terry Long said. “Both teams are in as good a position as we could have possibly hoped at this point. We not just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.”
Florida State jumped on the board early in the 2001 ACC Championships by grabbing the one, two and five spots in the long jump. With Allen leading the way with his mark of 25-00.50, sophomore Kolby Jones and freshman Matt Mason finished second and fifth, respectively. Marquis Johnson nabbed the individual championship in only his first year as a Seminole, as the Tampa, Fla., native tossed the disc 176-feet for the win. Junior Josh Bowling finished sixth in the same event, finishing with a 159-04 mark. Florida State posted high points in the pole vault as well, as Jason Dean returned to form, clearing the bar at 16-06.75 for a second-place finish. Jared Sweetser, a sophomore from Sarasota, Fla., finished the day as the Garnet and Gold’s second-best finisher, clearing 15-03 for a seventh-place finish. Zach Hiessner continued to perform well in the 3,000m steeplechase as the junior from Jupiter, Fla., finished third with a time of 9:08.93.
On the women’s side, the battle between FSU’s Makiba Batten and Clemson’s Jamine Moton came down to a school record discus throw by Moton that gave her the conference crown. Batten tossed the disc an impressive 168-09 for a second-place finish and All-ACC honors. Lindsay Osborn managed to set a new school record in the pole vault, grabbing second place with a 12-08.00 mark. Teammate Megan Robbins was close behind with a fourth-place finish, clearing the bar at 12-04.00. Sophomore Kim Jones hit the sand with a third-place finish in the long jump, as the Greensboro, N.C., native went 19-09.75. Sara White and Karen Rademeyer each wrapped up All-ACC honors themselves, as each athlete completed the day with a third-place mark. White tossed the hammer 172-08 while Rademeyer went 143-05 in the javelin for a new personal record. Another record falling on the day belonged to Brooke Bastien. The transfer from Jacksonville University set a new FSU record in the 3,000m steeplechase, as Bastien crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 10:50.77 in the inaugural running of the championship event.
The Florida State women will search for a repeat performance from last year tomorrow, while the men will be looking to move up a spot from last year’s finish. Action gets underway at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex at 10 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw.