March 15, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team won 14 events and five Seminoles earned regional qualifying marks in the final day of the 2003 Snowbird Invitational, Saturday afternoon at Mike Long Track. FSU earned first place finishes in the men’s and women’s discus throw, the women’s shot put, the men’s triple jump, the men’s and women’s 4×100 meter relays, the women’s 100 meter hurdles, the men’s 400 meter dash, the men’s and women’s 100 meter dash, the men’s 800 meter run, the women’s 400 meter hurdles and the men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relays.
Florida State’s Makiba Batten had a solid showing with a regional qualifying mark of 54.25m to place first in the women’s discus. In fact, FSU earned three of the top five spots in the event, with Amanda Kinney (43.27m) and Cerenity Young (40.77m) earning third and fifth place, respectively. All three ladies also finished in the top five in the shot put with Young placing first with a regional qualifying mark of 14.71m, followed by Batten in second with a regional qualifying mark of 14.18 and Kinney in fourth at 12.79m. The FSU men also enjoyed success in the throws, taking the top three spots in the discus throw. Dan Royal, who also placed fourth in the shot put at 15.16m, took first-place honors with a throw of 49.69, followed by Josh Bowling’s 47.88m and Andy Diakos’ 46.50m.
Willie Johnson was the sole FSU winner in the jumps, placing first in the triple jump with a mark of 14.92m. LaKendra McColumn had an outstanding day in the hurdles, placing first in both the 100 and 400 meters. In the 100, she put forth a 13.84 while teammate Deanna Lane finished second at 14.26. The duo also place one two in the 400, as McColumn recorded a regional qualifying mark of 59.38 followed by Lane’s 1:04.10.
In the 100-meter dash, FSU’s Kimberly Walker (12.01) and Kolby Jones (10.84) took the honors while the Tribe’s Sharneka Brown (12.27) and Denise Daniels (12.36) rounded out the top three on the women’s side. Sean Campbell’s time of 47.30 gave the Seminoles top billing in the 400-meter dash.
The 800-meter run was, perhaps, one of the more interesting races of the afternoon. Seminole David Johnson placed first with a regional qualifying mark of 1:50.10 as Florida State had five finish in the top 10, including Tony Martin in third (1:54.03) and Phillip Daniels in fifth (1:55.41). Adding even more zest to the race was that senior Laura Gerber participated and finished 21st overall in a time of 2:03.89, which would not only qualify her regionally, but would also rank among the top current times for women’s outdoor this season.
Other FSU top five finishes included women’s pole vault: Carrie Crandall, third (3.05m); men’s pole vault: Jeff Atkins, second (4.72m), Jared Sweetster, third (4.57m), Brooks Weber, fourth (4.57m), Gary Visser, fifth (4.57m); women’s high jump: Deanna Lane, third (1.67m), Diana Kimikewicz, fifth (1.57m); men’s high jump: Shawn Allen, third (1.92m); women’s triple jump: Sharneka Brown, second (11.94m); men’s 1500 m run: Robert Cooper, second (4:00.74), Nate Davis, fifth, (4:04.61); men’s 110m hurdles: Danye Brown, second (14.21m), Jocyln Worrell, third (15.13m), Gary Visser, fourth (15.23m); women’s 400m dash: Kim Adams, second (55.83), Marla Jackson, third (56.23), Shauna Quinn, fourth (56.52), Evelyne Niako, fifth (57.18); men’s 400m hurdles: Danyne Brown, third (52.43), Peter Prato, fifth (54.96); women’s 200m dash: Tamara Campbell, second (24.65), Kimberly Walker, third (24.96), Marla Jackson, fourth (25.03); men’s 200m dash: Brian Dizingia, second (21.72); men’s steeplechase: Dave Guerra, third (9:37.99).
Florida State will host the FSU Relays, March 19-22, at Mike Long Track.