March 30, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a split squad competing at two nationally prominent meets this weekend, the Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams have an opportunity to face off against some of the top athletes in the nation. Friday afternoon, FSU posted some impressive marks against the top-level competition at the Florida Relays.
Leading the way for the `Noles was newcomer Marquis Johnson. Johnson tossed the discus a career-best 166-01, as the freshman from Tampa, Fla., tallied a second-place finish, just 10-inches off the leader, Andy Geisler of Clemson. The mark was the Seminoles’ top mark this season as well as the top mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year. Josh Bowling finished seventh in the same event, notching a 141-09 mark. The men’s sprint medley relay team crossed the line in third, after running a season-best 3:23.30.
On the women’s side, Shauna Quinn notched a top-10 finish with a time of 56.49 in the 400m dash. The time was a season-best for the junior from Uniondale, N.Y. Jordana Whittington added an 18th-place finish after finishing first in her heat with a time of 57.81. Karen Rademeyer added a top-10 finish in the javelin, going 137-02 for a sixth-place finish. Rademeyer was the top ACC finisher in the event. Rounding out the women’s competition was the sprint medley relay. Florida State claimed a second-place finish, just over one second off the first place Clemson Tigers.
Florida State will continue action in Gainesville, and feature several distance runners at the Raleigh Relays on Saturday. Both meets conclude Saturday evening.