March 10, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior Joe Allen added a 2001 All-America honor to his portfolio Friday night, when the Toledo, Ohio native went 25-09.25 for a fifth-place finish at the 2001 NCAA Track and Field Championships, held at Randall Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas. His mark was a new season and team-best. Savante Stringfello of Mississippi won the event with a mark of 26-06.25.
Allen concluded an already immensely successful season in both the long and triple jumps with his performance at the NCAA Championships. This marks the third time this season Allen has hit the sand with a 25+ foot mark, including his previous season-best mark at the Virginia Tech Invite (25-04.75). Allen also hit the 25-foot plateau with a 25-00.50 mark at the ACC Championships, earning him All-ACC honors. Allen was named All-ACC in the triple jump as well, finishing second with a mark of 51-04.50. His season-best mark in the triple jump was 51-06.50.
Earning All-America honors is the latest on a long list of accomplishments for Allen. After transferring to Florida State in 1999, Allen made an immediate impact on the squad in the 2000 season. In his junior year, he earned All-ACC honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, while nabbing the conference title for both indoor and outdoor in the long jump. Allen also had NCAA qualifying marks in last year’s season in both the long and triple jumps.
The NCAA Championships will feature the performance of two more Seminoles before the meet is over. Junior-transfer Shawn Brown is in the top-five heading into the high jump competition, while junior Laura Gerber will compete in the 800m.