March 3, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams started the outdoor season today, while also completing the last indoor meet before the NCAA Indoor Championships next weekend. The majority of the Florida State men’s and women’s squads competed for the first time this season in Tallahassee, while three members of the team tuned up for the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Last Ditch Meet at Louisiana State University.
Florida State began the weekend with three of the programs top athletes reporting marks from LSU. Senior long jumper Joe Allen and pole vaulters Megan Robbins and Lindsay Osborn represented Florida State at the LSU Last Ditch Meet. All three Seminoles ended the competition with impressive marks, as they prepare to take on the best the nation has to offer in Fayetteville, Ark. Allen led the group as the Toledo, Ohio native posted the top mark in the long jump at the nationally prominent meet. Allen went 24-10.00 for the title, beating out Maurice Lewis of Florida. Osborn stayed above 12-feet in the pole vault, as the senior cleared 12-05.50 for a second-place finish. Megan Robbins was close behind, clearing 12-01.50 for a third-place finish.
With the indoor season winding down to its last two meets, the Seminoles opened up the outdoor season with several impressive performances. Keya Crutchfield led off the afternoon with second-place finishes in both the 100m dash and the 200m dash. The Coatsville, Penn., native crossed the finish line in 12.01 (100m) and 24.82 (200m). Shauna Quinn tacked on a second-place finish of her own, when she ran a 1:35.61 in the 600m dash. The 600m is not a traditional NCAA event, but the athletes involved got a chance to compete in a variety of events on the afternoon. Michale Jennings represented the men’s squad in the same event, running an impressive 1:19.83 to cross the line first.
“This was a nice opener in a sense of a low key meet,” FSU assistant coach Dennis Nobles said. “We had a lot of people compete in some events that they would not typically compete in. I think this is kind of a springboard for the rest of the outdoor season.”
In the middle distance events, junior Brooke Bastien had an impressive outing. The Jacksonville, Fla., native ran a first-palce time of 4:47.26 in the 1500m run. On the men’s side, Joep Tigchelaar crossed the finish line with a time of 4:02.61 to win the 1500m.
With three of FSU’s most dominating pole vaulters not competing, Jeff Atkinson and Carrie Crandall excelled in the spotlight. Crandall earned a PR in the vault, clearing 11-05.75 in her first collegiate outdoor meet. Ashley Moye finished second to Crandall with a mark of 10-06.00. Atkinson took title in the men’s vault, clearing 16-feet.
Dorian Scott added solid marks in the shot put (54-08.25, 1st) and the discus (105-05, 3rd) while Marcus Johnson finished second in both events. Josh Bowling added two first-place marks, in the discus and hammer throw, respectively. Shawn Brown continued tuning up for NCAA’s with a 7-00.50 high jump mark.
“This was basically a tune up for NCAA’s for Shawn Brown,” Nobles said. “We wanted to do a few specific things to simulate the NCAA’s, and I think that we succeeded in that. We started him off a couple inches higher than usual, and I think he responded well.”