April 14, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams both posted the top score of the afternoon as both squads claimed the title in the 2001 FSU Quad Meet. Florida State topped Western Kentucky, Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M in the scored meet.
With only a week remaining until the outdoor conference championships, the Seminoles put some final touches on the squad in preparations for ACC’s. Florida State posted several new season-best marks on the day, while maintaining a high level of competition heading into next weekend. The ‘Noles duo of pole vaulters continued to fair well, as both Megan Robbins and Lindsay Osborn cleared 12-06.25 for the vault title. Equally impressive was the vaulting duo on the men’s squad, as Jeff Atkinson and Jason Dean went 1-2 in the men’s vault. Dean cleared the bar at 16-00.50 for a second-place finish, while Atkinson took the title with a season- and team-best, 17-00.25.
Teresa Bundy continued to excel both on and off the track, as the junior from Cleveland, Ohio tallied second-place finishes in both the 200m dash (24.12) and the triple jump (39-09.75). Laura Gerber and Shauna Quinn went 3-4 in the 400m dash, as the juniors were bettered only by former FSU sprinters Samantha George and Kim Batten. Jordana Whittington claimed first place in the 800m run, crossing the line in 2:13.16. In a non-traditional 2,000m steeplechase, Brooke Bastien and Beth Lukesn swept the top two spots, as Bastien crossed the line first in 7:02.27. Makiba Batten continued her success in the field events, finishing first in the shot put (46-10.00) and the discus (163-03). Nicole Scott followed Batten in the shot, claiming second place with a mark of 43-feet, while Scott nabbed first place in the hammer with a distance of 158-03. Karen Rademeyer followed Scott in second place in the hammer, as FSU went on to claim the top five spots in that event.
Nick Stuart and Eric Ricthson led Florida State in the 1500m run, finishing first and second, respectively. Stuart led the duo, crossing the finish line in 3:52.06 for the title. Junior transfer Shawn Brown continued to his successful season in the high jump, as he cleared the bar at 6-07.00 for the win. Junior Mario Lowe and senior Joe Allen went 1-2 in the triple jump, while Dorian Scott, Marqus Johnson and B.J. Linnenbrink added first-place finishes in the shot put, the discus and the hammer throw, respectively. The best finish of the day came from sophomore Byron Taylor, who finished first in the 400m dash with an NCAA provisional time of 50.63.
Florida State will continue preparations this week at Mike Long Track and Field before heading to Orlando, Fla., for the 2001 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the ACC Springfest. The conference championships begin April 20 and continue through April 21.