April 9, 2000
AUSTIN, Texas — The 73rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays came to a
close Saturday, but not before the Florida State track and field teams made
their mark on the second largest annual track and field event in the United
States. The Seminoles finished with five top five finishes and three more
NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks.
The Seminoles were led by junior Joe Allen whose jump of 7.87m was
good enough to earn him a fifth-place finish and set an NCAA Provisional
Qualifying mark in section A of the men’s long jump. Allen qualified for
the finals by finishing first in section B with an NCAA Provisional
Qualifying mark of 7.88m.
The Lady Seminoles were led by two strong performances in the field
events. Sophomore Makiba Batten continued her impressive outdoor campaign
with another strong performance in Texas. Batten placed third in section A
of the women’s discus with a throw of 161’08.00. Batten also finished 11th
in section A of the women’s shot put with a throw of 43’10.00. Lindsay
Adkins-Osborn also had an impressive meet this weekend. The senior from
Pensacola, FL placed second in section B of the women’s pole vault with a
mark of 11’07.75″.
Iain Harnden once again led the Seminoles on the track. Harnden had
another impressive meet in what has turned out to be a record-breaking
outdoor season for the senior from Zimbabwe. Harnden placed fourth in the
400m hurdles with a time of 51.73 and placed 10th in the 110m hurdles with
a time of 14.21.
The Lady Seminoles also set an NCAA Provisional qualifying time on
the track this weekend. The 4x400m relay team turned in a season best time
of 3:36.72 and finished third in the preliminaries of the 4x400m relay.
They went on to place ninth in the 4X400m relay finals. The Lady Seminoles
also finished first in their heat of 4x100m relay preliminaries with a time
of 45.34 and placed ninth in the finals.
The Seminoles return to action next week in their second United
States Track Coaches Association quad-meet of the outdoor season. Florida
State will host the University of Miami, Ohio State University, and Tulane
University at the Mike Long Track Saturday April 15th. This will be the
Seminoles last chance to prepare for the ACC Outdoor Championships in
Durham, NC April 21st and 22nd.