May 31, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened competition in the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Wednesday, as Matt Mason and Laura Gerber competed in semifinals and Makiba Batten ended her junior year with the discus competition.
Freshman Matt Mason opened the competition for the Seminoles. The Marietta, Ga., native crossed the line in 54.26 in the 400m hurdles. The time landed him in a fifth-place finish in his heat, and a 17th-place finish in the semifinals. Mason did not qualify for the finals. Laura Gerber just missed qualifying for the finals in the 800m run. The Indoor All-American crossed the finish line in 2:07.69, finishing third in her heat. The top two athletes in each heat qualify for the finals, Gerber finished just .63 behind the final qualifier. The junior from Geneva, Switzerland ended the season with a 14th-place finish overall.
Makiba Batten entered the discus circle for the final time this season, as the junior from Detroit, Mich., faced off against a very deep field. Batten went 163-10 in the disc, landing in 11th-place overall. Kathy Schreiber of Idaho won the event with a mark of 197-11. Batten was the top ACC finisher, as she bettered conference-foe Jamine Moton of Clemson, who finished 13th overall.
The Seminoles will look to put points on the board in the remaining days of competition, as Mario Lowe, Shawn Brown and Joe Allen all compete in their respective field events. Allen and Brown will compete in the long jump and high jump, respectively, on Thursday, while Lowe will have to wait until Saturday for the finals in the triple jump. Michael Jennings will be the Seminoles’ final track competitor for the season, as the junior will compete in the 400m Semifinals today and look to qualify for Saturday’s final.