May 9, 1999 - by

Track and Field Teams Compete at Seminole Twilight

Townsend wins 100m hurdles, takes third in 400m hurdles.

May 8, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed well into the night at Mike Long Track on Saturday. By the end of the evening, the Seminoles had some new season bests and a few first place finishes.

FSU’s Jason Dean won the men’s pole vault with a jump of 16’06.75. On the women’s side, FSU’s Ayana Townsend won the 100m hurdles and took third in the 400m hurdles. Chinette Johnson took first place in the 400m hurdles for Florida State.

Zyris Hill and Mike Jennings ran the two fastest times by Seminoles this season in the 400m dash. It was the second straight weekend Hill ran the fastest time of the season for a Seminole in the 400m sprint. Hill ran a 46.57 to finish in fourth place, while Jennings ran a 47.51 to finish in eighth place. Hill also took third place in the long jump with a jump of 25’00.50. Junior Jody Lawrence finished in second place in the shot put with his best throw of the season. His toss of 52.84m is the best mark this season by a Seminole. The men’s 4 X 400m relay team also set their best time of the season at the Seminole Twilight, a 3:08.22 time earned them a second place finish in the event.

For the FSU women’s team, freshman Makiba Batten continued to set Seminole bests in the shot put and discus events. In the discus, Batten crushed her previous top Seminole mark of 156’08, with a toss of 159’11 to earn her a second place finish. In the shot put, Batten finished in third place with a score of 46’01.50. Fellow FSU freshman Tarressa Davis had her best triple jump of the season for the second weekend in a row. Davis finished in second place with a jump of 38’10.50. Michaela Steele and Sara White set top marks for the Seminoles in the high jump and hammer events. Steele set the new high jump mark with a jump of 5’08.75, and White set the new hammer mark with a throw of 159’08.

Next weekend, the men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the Carolina Invitational in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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