Feb. 14, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
Head coach Terry Long and the Florida State track and field team travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to compete at the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship, which is scheduled to start Friday morning and conclude Saturday evening.
Both the men’s and women’s squads have enjoyed early success during the 2002 indoor season as it reaches the half-way mark. Freshman standout Lacy Janson became the first Seminole to automatically qualify for the 2002 NCAA Indoor National Championship. She accomplished the feat last weekend at the Gator Invitational with a height of 13-05.25. So far this season Janson has broken the school record in the pole vault twice, won ACC Performer of the Week twice, set the second-highest mark by a freshman, turned in the eighth-highest mark in the nation and set the top mark in the ACC.
Junior hurdler Kim Jones has proven she is the woman to beat in the 60-meter hurdles. Jones owns the top ACC times in both the 55m hurdles (7.75) and 60m hurdles (8.38). Both times have provisionally qualified Jones for the NCAA’s.
On the men’s side, senior thrower B.J. Linnenbrink set an ACC record, school record and provisional mark of 68’07.25″ in the weight throw last weekend to take control of the top spot in the conference. Linnenbrink currently ranks seventh in the nation in the weight throw.
Junior pole vaulter Jeff Atkinson has had an impressive season by vaulting a NCAA provisional mark three times this year. Atkinson currently holds the ACC-best mark of 17’01.75″.
All-American Shawn Brown and Mario Lowe, who anchor the Seminoles’ jumping events, have seen limited action this season. However, both Brown and Lowe have provisionally qualified for NCAA’s in the high jump and triple jump, respectively. In addition, Lowe currently holds the top triple jump mark in the ACC.