March 1, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite a full day of rain filled conditions, the Florida State track and field team went on to host the FSU Season Opener at Mike Long Track. Although the weather did not cancel the entire competition, the meet was called early due to lightening in the surrounding area. The Seminoles went on to dominate the seven team field winning six events on the day.
Florida State was led by senior Amanda Kinney who won the women’s hammer throw and finished second in the women’s discus. Kinney dominated the field in the hammer throw establishing a mark of 160′ 10″ (49.03m), well ahead of the rest of the competition. In the discus throw, she finished second after throwing for a distance of 140′ 3″ (42.75m). Fellow teammate Makiba Batten placed first in the discus with a mark of 168′ 9″ (51.43m).
Senior Josh Bowling won the men’s hammer throw for the second straight year at the FSU Season Opener with his throw of 174′ 2″ (53.08m), while freshman Latoya Legree won the women’s long jump with a distance of 17′ 5.5″ (5.32m) for the Tribe.
A pair of the men’s and women’s 4×100 relay teams finished one, two on Saturday afternoon for the Seminoles. The women’s winning team ran in a time of 47.16, while the men recorded a victory after running the event in a time of 40.15.
Several freshmen on the men’s squad had a solid meet for the Garnet and Gold. Ricky Argro picked up two fourth place finishes in the men’s long jump and triple jump competitions, while Willie Johnson was the top finisher for the Tribe in the men’s triple jump. Also, Shawn Allen and Craig McClure tied for second in the men’s high jump competition posting a mark of 6′ 3.5″ (1.92m).
In the final event of the day, sophomore Emily Wehr was the top finisher for FSU placing fourth in the women’s 1500m run in a time of 4:58.02.
“Although the weather did not cooperate with us today, the meet was a great success for our team,” said Coach Maicel Malone-Wallace. “The competition was very spirited! It was so nice to set foot on our newly renovated facility and compete.”
The Florida State track and field team will be back in action next weekend when they travel across town to compete in the FAMU Relays, March 7th and 8th.