February 20, 1999
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and
field teams both placed fourth overall for the second consecutive year at
the ACC Indoor Championships. Clemson took the men’s title while North
Carolina came out on top in women’s competition.
Sophomore Jason Dean won the ACC pole vault title with an NCAA
provisional qualifying mark of 17-4.50. It was a new collegiate best vault
for the Clearwater, FL native. Tallahassee’s Darius Jones won the men’s
long jump at 24-8.25. Jones also added fifth place points in the pole
vault (15-7) and seventh place points in the triple jump (45-0.75). The
third Seminole to record an ACC Championship was Jody Lawrence in the
weight throw with an NCAA provisional toss of 65-2.25, which established a
new ACC record in the event. Lawrence, a junior from Cocoa, FL, also
placed sixth in the shot put (50-4.50).
Freshman Mario Lowe was impressive as well, triple jumping an NCAA
provisional 51-5 to earn All-ACC honors. Zyris Hill contributed points in
two events with a third in the long jump (24-7.25) and a sixth in the 400m
On the women’s side, Laura Gerber and the 4x400m relay team picked
up ACC titles. As a true freshman, Gerber won the 800m with a time of
2:12.59 and ran on the winning 4x400m relay team with Chinette Johnson,
Fiona Norwood and Samantha George that crossed the finish line first in
Tonya Carter also had a strong showing for the Lady Seminoles. The
junior finished second in the 60m dash in 7.36 (NCAA provisional time) and
placed third in the 200m in 24.11. Two newcomers recorded second place
efforts as freshman Makiba Batten had a shot put of 46-6.25 and George, a
junior transer, ran 53.72 in the 400m.
WOMEN – 1. UNC 121, 2. Clemson 100, 3. Ga. Tech 91, 4. FSU 72.33, 5.
Maryland 71, 6. UVA 59, 7. NC State 50.33, 8. W. Forest 47.33, 9. Duke 11
MEN – 1. Clemson 162, 2. UNC 112.5, 3. NC State 108, 4. FSU 80, 5. W.
Forest 44.5, 6. UVA 37, 7. Duke 30, 7. Ga. Tech 30, 9. Maryland 20