Behind the performances of a veteran cast of performers, the FSU women’s track
and field team put together an outstanding season in 1997. The 4×400 relay
team continued to run impressively as they collected their third and fourth
All-American distinctions over the last two years.
Senior Shannon Cook began the indoor season with a pair of first place finishes
in the throws at the LSU Invitational. Cook, who was awarded ACC Performer of
the Week for her efforts, won the shot put and the weight throw in Baton Rouge.
Also finishing first were Maria Embon in the 400m and Erica Shepard in the 800m.
Following the ACC/SEC Challenge, FSU women traveled to Kentucky for the Wildcat
Classic. In Lexington, three individuals and the 4×400 relay team recorded NCAA
provisional marks. Cook and Yashiva Edwards finished first in the shot put and
the 200m dash, respectively, while Sophia Danvers placed third in the 400m.
After a tune-up at the Carolina Indoor Open, the Lady Seminoles traveled to
Greensboro, NC for the ACC Indoor Championships. The squad took second in the
final point standings, their highest finish since joining the conference in
1992. Leading the way were All-ACC performers Shannon Cook in the shot put
along with the duo of Shepard and Rikke Ronholt in the 800m. The women held
down first place after the first day of action, highlighted by Cook’s defeat of
two-time champion Nicole Sims (Clemson) in the shot put for the ACC title. On
the final day, FSU held on to second place with Shepard taking first in the 800m
and three scorers in the weight throw (Lakeisha Mose, Cook and Laura Goens).
The women’s 4x400m relay team were fourth place finishers at the NCAA Indoor
Champinships in Indianapolis. The senior foursome of Danvers, Edwards, Embon
and Shepard gave FSU a 28th place finish overall.
Ronholt got the outdoor season off to a fast start at the FSU Relays as she
recorded two first place finishes and earned ACC Performer of the Week honors.
Ronholt ran on the anchor leg of the NCAA automatic qualifying 4x400m relay team
that edged LSU in an exciting finish while also winning the 400m hurdles in an
NCAA provisional time.
The women placed second at the Florida Intercollegiates, held at Disney’s Wide
World of Sports Complex for the first time in ’97. Edwards, named ACC Performer
of the Week, won the 200m and the 400m while Kristen Thorne (400m hurdles) and
Christine Daniels (high jump) added first place points in Orlando.
At the ACC Outdoor Championships in Atlanta, the women’s team again placed
second in the team standings. Shepard won her fourth consecutive ACC 800m
title, Sophia Danvers won the 400m and Cook took home top honors in the shot put
to lead the Lady Seminoles. The 4x400m relay team of Danvers, Shepard, Marleena
Crosby and Myriam Charles also finished first.
Both relay teams earned All-America status at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in
Bloomington, IN. The 4x100m squad, which finished seventh, consisted of
Edwards, Danvers, Casey Custer and Zuzette Mullings. The 4x400m (Danvers,
Edwards, Ronholt and Embon) relay team were NCAA runners-up for the second
straight year in leading the women to a tie for 25th place in the overall