Feb. 28, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the opening outdoor meet of the season only three days away, a number of Seminole track and field athletes took their last shot at qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Several members of the FSU squad bettered their season-best marks, as well as posting some NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
Leading the way for the Garnet and Gold was senior Lindsay Osborn who cleared the bar in the pole vault with a record-breaking 12-07.25, for a second-place finish. Osborn matched the top mark of the day, but fell to second on misses. Her mark gives her back the Florida State record, after she temporarily lost the accolade to teammate Megan Robbins, who cleared 12-03.50 earlier this season. The mark was also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark for Osborn, who should move withing striking distance of an NCAA bid to the University of Arkansas. Robbins was not far behind her high-flying teammate, clearing the bar at 12-01.25 for a fifth-place finish in the competitive field. Nikki Allen also competed for the `Noles, clearing 11-01.50, ending the afternoon in 13th-place.
Keya Crutchfield bettered her season-best mark in several events in Gainesville. Her time of 7.16 in the 55m dash was a new season-best, as well as a new personal record for the junior from Coatesville, Penn. Crutchfield also added an impressive fifth-place finish in the 200m, crossing the finish line in 25.21. Shauna Quinn, Amber Russell and Tamara Campbell all followed Crutchfield in the 200m dash, finishing 9, 10 and 11, respectively. Quinn, Campbell and Jordana Whittington placed 4-5-6 in the 400m dash, while Tangela Wobbleton led the team in that event with a season-best time of 56.99. Kim Jones added a sixth-place mark for the `Noles in the 55m hurdles, while Nicole Scott. Alanyia Johnson and Jennifer Curry all combined for impressive marks in the shot put and weight throw. Scott led the trio in both events, finishing 12th in the shot out and the weight throw.
On the men’s side, senior Joe Allen tried to better his impressive season-bests from earlier this season. Allen had already provisionally qualified in both the long and triple jumps. The Toledo, Ohio native put up impressive marks, finishing second in the long jump and winning the triple jump, but fell just short if his season-best mark in both events. Allen hit the sand with a mark of 24-09.25 in the long jump, while he landed a 51-04.50 triple jump to defeat Florida’s Johnathan Ward by over seven-feet.
The Seminoles will be in action this weekend, as they begin the home track season with the FSU Season Opener at Mike Long Track on March 3. After the opening meet, The Seminoles will send select athletes to the University of Arkansas on March 8-10 for the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.