May 4, 2003
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s track and field team accumulated five victories on Sunday afternoon at the Percy Beard Track on the University of Florida campus. The Seminoles took the top two spot in the triple jump competition with freshman Latoya Legree taking the event with a winning mark of 40′ 10.25″ (12.45m). Sharneka Brown finished in second, establishing a personal best mark of 40′ 1.25″ (12.22m). With her jump, the St. Petersburg, Fla. native earned a qualifying bid to the NCAA East Regional Championships. Brown now becomes the 34th member of the Garnet and Gold to qualify for competition at the Regional Championships later this month.
Senior Kim Jones continued her winning ways in the long jump, finishing first with a regional qualifying mark of 19′ 6.25″ (5.95m). Teammates Latoya Legree (18′ 5.75″) and Deanna Lane (16′ 10.5″) finished third and ninth, respectively.
Vicky Gill won the 1500m recording her third fastest time of the season at 4:29.71. Senior Allison Lind took third recording a personal best time of 4:40.31. Rounding out the top ten for the Seminoles was Elaine Skislak, who placed eighth in a time of 5:28.65.
Senior Laura Gerber won the 800m run for the fourth time this season on Sunday afternoon. She finished the race in a time of 2:11.06. Fellow teammate Vicky Gill competed in the 800m for the first time in 2003 and would go on to finish the race in eighth place in a time of 2:19.48.
Coming off a regional qualifying time last weekend in the 5K, junior Misty Harper collected a win at the Florida Classic in the very same event. She crossed the finish line in a time of 17:47.42.
Freshman Evelyne Niako competed in two events on the day with her finest performance coming in the 200m dash. She was the Tribe’s top finisher placing third in a time of 24.09, her second fastest time recorded this season. The Stone Mountain, Ga. native also helped the 4x100m relay team to a fourth place finish, joining teammates Shauna Quinn, Deanna Lane and Sharneka Brown. The Seminoles ran the race in a regional qualifying time of 45.78.
Senior Makiba Batten earned two top five finishes on Sunday. Batten recorded a personal best mark in the shot competition after establishing a mark of 48′ 11.5″ (14.92m). That throw was good for fifth place. She also competed in the discus finishing in second. Her best attempt came at 172′ 11″ (52.70m), meeting the NCAA regional qualifying standards.
Freshman Kim Adams also recorded a personal best in the 400m dash. She was the Seminoles top performer placing fourth in a time of 55.24.
Other finishers for the Garnet and Gold included in the javelin: Kate Purcell, second place (125′ 4″); 100m hurdles: Kim Jones, third place (13.60), LaKendra McColumn, fifth place (13.94), and Deanna Lane, seventh place (14.15); 400m hurdles: LaKendra McColumn, third place (1:02.16); high jump: Deanna Lane, seventh place (5′ 4.25″); pole vault: Danielle Walker, eighth place (10′ 6.25″); shot put: Deanna Lane, tenth place (34′ 3.5″); 200m Tamara Campbell, sixth place (24.71) and tenth place (25.74).
The Florida State track and field team will return to action next weekend with two meets on the schedule. Some will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. for the Cardinal Quaifier, while others will remain in Tallahassee and compete in the final home meet of the season. The Seminoles will host the Seminole Twilight Meet on Saturday, May 10th.