March 11, 2000
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tonya Carter returned home from Fayetteville,
AR Saturday with the Lady Seminoles first individual NCAA Championship in
15 years. The senior from Douglasville, GA posted a mark of 7.21 in the 60m
dash and captured the NCAA Indoor Championship crown and 10 points for the
Lady Seminoles in the team competition. Carter out ran a strong field
including Peta-Gaye Dowdie of LSU to capture Florida State’s first
individual Indoor Championship since Philip Riley won the 55m hurdles in
Senior Samantha George broke her personal season best time in the
400m dash by more than a tenth of a second at Saturday’s championships.
George finished sixth in the NCAA Championship finals and earned three
points for the Lady Seminoles team.
Carter is the first Lady Seminole to bring home an individual NCAA
Championship since Michelle Finn and Esmeralda Garcia each captured an NCAA
Indoor title in 1985 and Carter is only the sixth Lady Seminole to win an
individual NCAA Championship in Florida State’s history.
The NCAA Championships signified the end of the indoor season for
track and field but the Seminoles will host the third event of the outdoor
season next weekend. The FSU Relays will be held March 15th-18th at Mike
Long Track on the FSU campus.