Jan. 16, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the Florida Intercollegiate on Saturday, Jan., 13. FSU will compete against 15 other schools at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida.
“In a meet this early after the return from the break, we don’t have very big expectations,” FSU head coach Terry Long says. “This meet is more about getting information about who has prepared over the break and who has returned in shape to compete.”
The Garnet and Gold will send some of the most talented athletes in the Atlantic Coast Conference to battle against several teams from Florida, including the host Gators. Florida State will also take on talented teams such as Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville, Miami and the University of South Florida. The top athletes representing the men’s and women’s squads will be Joe Allen and Makiba Batten, respectively. Allen returns this season with the `Tribes top mark in the long jump and the squad’s second-best mark in the triple jump. Allen currently stands as the second-best long jumper (Mark Freeman, 25-11.50) in Florida State history with his jump of 25-11 at the FSU Quad Meet last season. Allen added a mark of 50-11.50 in the triple jump to make his second mark in the FSU record books with the ninth-best mark in the history of Seminole track and field.
“We know we have some great athletes one the men’s side,” Long says. “This could be one of the most talented squads that we have had here since the 1995 season.”
The women’s squad will be represented by a number of talented returning athletes from last season’s ACC Championship team. Leading the Lady Seminoles will be junior Makiba Batten who returns for the 2001 season as the most decorated athlete on the squad. Batten, all-everything in her sophomore season, accumulated All-ACC honors for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, was named an NCAA All-American in the discus, won the conference individual championship for the shot put in both the indoor and outdoor seasons and set a new Florida State all-time record with her discus mark of 172-10. Batten is joined by Brooke Bastien who will look to have a solid performance in the 3,000m while Lindsay Osborne (formerly Adkins) will compete in the pole vault. Allen will be joined on the men’s side by Danyne Brown (hurdles) and Shawn Brown who will look to claim the high jump title.
“More than anything else at this meet we are looking to see how the kids compete indoors,” Long says. “Our coaches are curious to see what happens this weekend. After this meet we will return here and evaluate ourselves. We should take 20 or so athletes to Virginia Tech followed by the Florida Meet. By then we should have a good idea and be ready to roll.”
The field events for the Florida Intercollegiate are scheduled to begin Saturday at 11:00 a.m. while the running events will kick off at 1:45 p.m.