April 6, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams will take on ACC rival Clemson as well two other teams in the Clemson Quad meet in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, April 7. Western Carolina and Appalachian State will also be featured in the scored meet. Florida State will send its top athletes to the competition, in preparations for the coming ACC Outdoor Championships.
Florida State will head to South Carolina with several impressive performances both on and off the track. Brooke Bastien, the Seminoles’ leader in the 3,000m steeplechase, will skip the event at Clemson, but will look to make her mark in the distance events. Bastien currently leads the Seminoles in the 1500m run and the 3,000m run. Keya Crutchfield and Shauna Quinn will add depth to the Seminoles’ sprinting squad, collecting the team’s top marks in the 200m and 400m dash, respectively. The `Noles 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams have also made their mark on the track. The `A’ team for the Seminoles’ 4x400m relay has collected an impressive 3:40.02, taking the title at the FSU Relays.The 4x100m team ran its top time of the season in a prelim, crossing the line in 45.65.
With Florida State has been in contention in the track events, they have dominated in the field events. Junior Makiba Batten leads a squad of talented throwers that have made their mark in the ACC this season. Batten leads the team in the shot put (46-08.25) and the discus (170-03.00). Batten’s mar in the discus is the latest in a number of NCAA provisional distances, the most recent of which places her sixth on the NCAA list. Nicole Scott falls just behind Batten in the shot put, turning in her season-best performance at the FSU Relays, when she tossed the implement 43-07.00. Freshman Jennifer Curry tallied the second-best mark in the discus, going 131-05 at the FAMU Relays. The duo of Megan Robbins and Lindsay Osborn have been battling for the top spot in the pole vault, both clearing 12-06.00 and tying for the title at the Florida Relays. Both athletes currently rank third in the conference. Leading the Seminoles in the sand is Taressa Bundy. The junior from Cleveland, Ohio, owns the top mark in the triple jump for FSU (40-06.00) and the second-best mark in the long jump. Freshman Chelsa Downs leads the team in the long jump, hitting 17-06.25 at the 2001 Snowbird Invitational.
Freshman Aneshu Mushonga leads the men’s squad in the 100m dash (10.74) while Mike Jennings owns the lead in the 400m dash. Jennings crossed the line in 47.42 at the FSU Relays for the `Noles top time. The Seminoles continue to be strong in the distance and mid-distance events as well, as sophomore Maarten van den Heuvel has led the team. Van den Heauvel ran a 1:49.78 in the Florida Relays, and turned in a time of 1:50.81 at the FSU Relays. Sophomore Eric Ritchson leads the team in the 1500m (3:56.24) while Zach Heissner, the squad’s leader in the steeplechase and third in the 5,00m run, will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase this weekend. On the short track, Byron Taylor and Danyne Brown have both made strides in the 400m hurdles and the 110m hurdles.
The men’s squad has also had immense success in the field events this season, as Florida State has posted the conference’s top mark in the triple jump, the long jump and the pole vault. Senior Joe Allen, a 2001 Indoor All-American, owns the ACC’s top marks in the triple and long jumps. Allen notched provisional marks in both events last weekend, leading him to ACC Athlete of the Week honors this week. Jeff Atkinson leads FSU and the ACC in the vault (16-08.75), while teammate Jason Dean, the indoor conference champion, is close behind (16-04.75). Junior Shawn Brown has cleared 7-02.50 in the high jump this season, and will look to improve on the mark this weekend. In the throws, Dorian Scott, Marquis Johnson and Josh Bowling have combined to put FSU in the top four in each of the conference’s throwing events. Bowling is third in the hammer while Johnson ranks No. 4 in the discus while Dorian Scott owns the second spot in the shot put.
Florida State will face its first scored meet of the season, before returning home next weekend for the FSU Quad meet. The ACC Outdoor Championships are scheduled to take place April 20-21, in Orlando, Fla.