April 3, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – After a performance which included two first-place finishes and a NCAA Provisional qualifying mark at a nationally prominent meet, Florida State senior Joe Allen was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Track and Field Athlete-of-the-Week. The award is the second of the year for the Seminoles, with Shawn Brown earning the accolade in the indoor season.
Allen, a senior from Toledo, Ohio, won both the long jump and triple jump at the Florida Relays on March 30. Allen took the long jump title with a mark of 25’9″ and he won the triple jump with a distance of 51’09.25″ Both distances were NCAA provisional qualifying marks as well as season-best marks. Allen’s mark in the long jump currently stands as the third-longest mark in the country this year, only two inches behind the national leader, Darvis Patton of TCU. His mark in the triple jump puts him 11th on the NCAA performance list.
The recent Athlete-of the-Week honor is the latest in a long list of accolades for Allen. In the 2001 indoor season, he tallied All-ACC performances in the long jump and the triple jump while also advancing to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Allen finished the season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, earning him All-America honors. Allen claimed the conference title in the long jump in the 2000 indoor and outdoor season, as well as winning the individual conference championship in the triple jump in last year’s outdoor season.
Allen and the rest of the Seminoles’ track and field team will take on Clemson and Alabama in a scored meet this weekend in Clemson, S.C. The meet is scheduled to take place April 7.