April 20, 2000
DURHAM, N.C. – The Florida State track and field teams will take
part in the ACC Outdoor Championships at Duke University Friday and
Saturday. The Seminoles enter the meet hoping to improve on their strong
performance in the ACC Indoor Championships in February which saw them win
eight individual titles and finish in the top four in both of the team
Junior Joe Allen, a two-time ACC Indoor Champion, is expected to
compete for outdoor titles in the long jump and the triple jump. Allen has
the ACC’s best mark in the long jump this season (7.89m) and the second
best ACC mark in triple jump (15.49m). Florida State’s Mario Lowe should
also challenge Allen and the rest of the ACC field for the triple jump
title. Lowe’s mark of 15.68m is the best triple jump in the ACC this
Another Seminole who should be in the running for multiple crowns
is Iain Harnden. Harnden’s time of 50.39 in the 400m high hurdles is almost
a second faster than anyone else in the ACC this season and he has the
third fastest time in the 110m hurdles with a mark of 14.20. The ACC
Outdoor Championships could also turn into a coming out party for freshman
hurdler Danyne Brown. Brown has the ACC’s third best 400m high hurdle time
(51.36) and the ACC’s fifth best 110m hurdle time (14.37) this season.
The Lady Seminoles also have some candidates who could return to
Tallahassee with more than one ACC crown. NCAA Champion and two-time ACC
Indoor Champion Tonya Carter is the favorite in the 100m and 200m dashes
entering this weekend’s meet. Carter’s time of 11.38 in the 100m and 23.58
in the 200m are both ACC bests this season.
Samantha George, defending ACC Indoor 400m dash champion, is also a
favorite in two track events this weekend. George has an ACC best time of
52.83 in the 400m dash and she holds the ACC’s top time in the 800m run
(2:05.14). The Lady Seminoles also hold the ACC’s top time in both the
4x100m relay (44.67) and 4x400m relay (3:36.72) this season.
LaKeisha Mose, a two-time ACC weight throw champion, will enter
this weekends meet looking to double the number of ACC Championships she’s
won at FSU. Mose currently has the ACC’s best marks in the shot put
(15.16m) and hammer throw (53.44m). Sophomore Makiba Batten, an ACC Indoor
title holder in the women’s shot put, will look to add another title this
weekend. Batten currently has the ACC’s second best mark (50.36m) in the
ACC this season.
Sophomore Christian Bland heads into this weekend’s meet looking to
defend his ACC Indoor high jump championship. Bland’s jump of 2.11m is the
second best mark in the ACC this season.