Feb. 16, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened up the 2001 ACC Indoor Championships on Friday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va. After one day of competition, FSU’s women’s team stands in seventh place (12 points) while the men’s team is currently in sixth place (11 points). North Carolina leads the men’s group, putting 41 points on the board, while Georgia Tech has made its move on the women’s side, scoring 42.50 points in the first day of action.
“This meet was everything we expected out of the high level of competition that the ACC has to offer,” FSU head coach Terry long said. “Unfortunately, we have not met some of the expectations that we set for ourselves. I think that certain athletes performed well here today, but we have to continue to focus and improve.”
The Florida State women ended Day One of competition with several athletes in a position to score on Saturday. Leading that group is Teresa Bundy. Bundy ended the day with top-five finishes in the 60m preliminaries as well as the 200m prelims. Her best finish of the day was in the 60m dash, where she crossed the line in 7.49 for a third-place finish. Joining Bundy with solid prelim performances was Kim Jones. Jones ran an 8.58 in the 60m hurdles for No. 3 ranking heading into the finals on Saturday. Jones also turned in a top-10 performance in the long jump, landing in the sand with a mark of 18-07.75. Junior-defending shot put champion Makiba Batten turned in a third-place finish as well, tossing the implement 46-08.25. Batten garnered All-ACC honors for the third-straight year. The high-point scorer of the day was Megan Robbins who offered up six points with her ACC meet record breaking pole vault, clearing the bar at 12-03.50. The mark earner her a third-place finish and All-ACC honors. Laura Gerber added another solid performance, running a 2:09.68, to reach fourth place heading into tomorrow’s 800m finals.
On the men’s side, senior Joe Allen turned in eight of the Seminoles’ 12 points on the day with a second-place finish in the long jump, to again finish the indoor season with All-ACC honors. Allen went 25-00.50 falling just five inches short of the title. Joining Allen in the long jump was point-scorer Matt Mason, who added two points to the ‘Noles’ total with a seventh-place finish on his 24-07.25 jump. Slade Douglas and Sean Campbell both made their way into the finals of the 200m and 400m, respectively, while newcomer Joep Tigchelaar added the Seminoles’ final point of the day with an eighth-place finish in the 5,000m (14:54.07). One of the most commanding performances of the day was turned in by the mid-distance duo of Maarten van den Heuvel and Wade Brett. Brett and van den Heuvel finished fourth and third, respectively, in the preliminaries of the 800m. Both athletes will test their endurance as they look to capture the ACC in tomorrow’s 800m finals.
With one day behind them, both the men’s and women’s squads will look to make their move towards the top of the conference standings in tomorrow’s final day of competition. The Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships will wind up at 4:30 p.m. with the 4x400m relay. Please check into www.seminoles.com for all the latest updates.