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FSU Men’s Track & Field Claim First Ever ACC Outdoor Title In School History On Saturday

April 20, 2002

The Florida State men’s track and field team won its first ever Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championship title on Saturday with a score of 201.50, holding off Clemson, which finished second with 158 points. The Seminoles depth, added with an impressive performance on Friday, sealed the victory. FSU claimed four titles on Saturday, yet scored important points by placing in the top eight 25 times in 15 events.

The Tribe turned in their most impressive performance in the 400-meter hurdles by placing first, second and third. Byron Taylor (Stone Mountain, Ga.) won the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.64. Following Taylor in second and third place was Danyne Brown (Camden, NJ) and Nabavi Oliver (Jacksonville, Fla.) with times of 52.07 and 52.57, respectively.

Taylor also finished fifth for the Tribe in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.53.

Sean Campbell (Orlando, Fla.) brought home the 800-meter run title for the Seminoles with a time of 1:49.69. Dave Johnson (Tifton, Ga.) followed him in third place at 1:50.59.

Campbell and Johnson teamed up Michael Jennings (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Cedrick Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) to finish second in the 4×400-meter relay at 3:06.38, which is a NCAA provisional mark.

In the 400-meter dash, Jennings placed third with a time of 46.03, followed by Robinson in sixth place at 46.73.

Maarten van den Heuvel (Warnsveld, Netherlands) won the 1500-meter run title with a NCAA provisional time of 3:44.95.

Mario Lowe (Lithonia, Ga.) won the final title for the Seminoles on Saturday in the triple jump at 52-09.50, which is a NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Sean Brown (Tampa, Fla.) finished second in the high jump with a provisional height of 7-02.25. Christian Bland (Coral Springs, Texas) finished right behind Brown in third place at 6-10.75.

In the sprints, Craphonso Thorpe (Tallahassee, Fla.) placed second in the 200-meter dash (21.33) and seventh in the 100-meter dash (10.64). Anesu Mushonga (Harare, Zimbabwe) was seventh in the 200m (22.26), while Kolby Jones (West Des Moines, Iowa) was eighth in the 100m (10.67).

Jones, Jennings, Robinson and Thorpe joined forces in the 4×100 relay to run a NCAA provisional time of 39.96 to place second overall.

Joep Tigchelaar (The Netherlands) was third in the 5000-meter run at 14.24.12 after winning the 10000-meter title on Friday.

The Seminoles had three athletes place in the shot put. Dorian Scott () led the way with a third-place finish (56-07.25). Dan Royal (Fort Meyers, Fla.) was eighth at 48-11, and B.J. Linnenbrink was ninth with a toss of 48-02.

Linnenbrink finished fourth in the hammer throw (183.10), however Josh Bowling (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished ahead of him in third place with a mark of 182-09.

Rounding out the scorers for the Tribe was Gary Visser (Orlando, Fla.) with a fourth-place finish in the decathlon, scoring 6534 points.

The Seminoles will return to action on April 25, when they take park in the Penn Relay.

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