March 21, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the rain clouds no where in sight and the sun shining brightly upon the newly renovated Mike Long Track, a good crowd was on hand for Day Three of competition at the FSU Relays to cheer on the 46 team field. In one of the most beautiful days that the city of Tallahassee has seen in awhile, the Florida State track and field team proved strong in the sprint and relay events. FSU’s ‘Kim’ duo of Jones and Walker led the Seminoles with two-first place and two-second place finishes on the day.
Senior Kim Jones had a solid performance winning the 100m hurdles with a seasonal best time of 13.46, good for an NCAA regional qualifying mark. In the closest finish of the day, sophomore Kim Walker edged out Jones by one, one-hundredth of a second to take the 200m dash in a time of 24.52. The Seminoles’ Marla Jackson finished fourth in the 200m at 24.82, while Kim Adams established a time of 25.45, good for seventh place. Walker was also the top performer for the Seminoles in the women’s 100m dash, placing second in a time of 12.04.
In the women’s 400m dash, Evelyne Niako and Shauna Quinn finished first and third respectively. Niako’s time of 54.47 was a personal best and good for an NCAA regional qualifying mark.
Sophomore Suzanne Shephard won the 3000m steeplechase for the Garnet and Gold, in her first attempt of this event in 2003. She finished the race in a time 12:13.40, almost ten seconds faster then her closest competitor.
In the relay competition, the men’s 4×400 team of David Johnson, Cedrick Robinson, Rafeeq Curry and Sean Campbell won the event in a time of 3:07.23, establishing an NCAA regional qualifying mark. The women’s 4×400 relay team featuring Shauna Quinn, LaKendra McColumn, Aneva Robinson and Evelyne Niako placed fourth with a time of 3:47.09.
The women’s distance relay team of Natalie Hughes, Tamara Campbell, Laura Gerber and Vicky Gill won the gold championship, setting a school record in a time of 11:17.50. The Garnet and Gold also placed fourth with Emily Wehr, Sydney Mondragon, Rachel Marsh and Mari Leitner with a mark of 12:53.21.
“The distance medley was something we really wanted to run,” said coach Bob Braman. “We wanted to establish a time for a national ranking. We will definitely run it again at the Penn Relays and try to break the 11 minute mark. Overall, our relay teams did a great job today.”
The Seminoles also dominated the women’s 4×200 relay going one, two on Friday afternoon. In first place was the team of Walker, Campbell, Jackson and Niako at 1:35.67, followed by Sharneka Brown, McColumn, Adams and Quinn in second with a time of 1:39.07.
On the men’s side, top finishers included a second place finish for Nate Davis in the 1500m run. The Tribe’s Danyne Brown and Rafeeq Curry finished second and fourth respectively in the 110m hurdles, while senior Kolby Jones compiled a fifth place finish in the 100m dash at 10.80. In the 3000m steeplechase gold championship, Dave Guerra was the Seminoles’ top performer running a season best time of 9:37.00. He was followed by fellow teammate Andrew Bautel, who finished in a time of 9:40.05, good for fourth place.
Other FSU top five finishers included women’s shot put: Cerenity Young, second (49′ 0.75″); women’s pole vault, tie for fourth (10′ 6.25″); women’s discus: Makiba Batten, second (167′ 1″) and Amanda Kinney, fourth (142′ 7″); women’s 100m hurdles: LaKendra McColumn, fourth (14.11); men’s 4×800 relay: Phillip Daniels, Robert Cooper, Bruce Chapman and Duane Griffiths, third (7:40.96); men’s 10K: Jim Van Veen, third (31:38.75).
“Day 3 of the relays continued with some exciting competition,” said coach Harlis Meaders. “The women’s team did an excellent job, especially Kim Jones deputing in the 100m hurdles, opening up with a better time then she did last season. In the field events, Makiba Batten continued to improve, while Cerenity Young did a great job for us in the women’s shot put. Tomorrow’s finale featuring the University of Michigan, Drake University, Iowa State and Kent State should make for some pretty exciting competition.”
The FSU Relays will conclude Saturday with a full schedule of events beginning at 10:00 am with the men’s and women’s long jump, women’s shot put, and men’s discus throw competitions. For complete results from Day 4 of competition, stay tuned to seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State Seminoles.