April 7, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s track and field team took home first place in the Clemson Quad Meet, while the men’s squad finished second to the host Tigers. Both teams defeated Western Carolina, while the men’s team added a win over Alabama and the women downed Appalachian State. The Lady Seminoles won their first scored meet of the season, posting 203 points to down ACC-rival Clemson.
Florida State was led by junior Makiba Batten. The Detroit, Mich., native went head-to-head with her biggest competition in the conference, Clemson’s Jamine Moton. Moton, a NCAA automatic qualifier, edged Batten out for ACC Athlete-of-the-Week last week. Batten took the title in both the shot put and the discus, tossing the disc 169-07.00 for a NCAA provisional mark. Her first-place throw in the shot landed at 46-07.25. Batten was followed in the shot put by teammate Nicole Scott, who claimed second place with a mark of 43-10.50. Scott managed a second-place finish in the hammer throw as well, while Batten added a third-place finish in the javelin throw. Leading FSU in the javelin was Karen Rademeyer, going 143-08.00. Megan Robbins cleared the top mark of 12-03.50, but fell to second place in the pole vault in misses. Sophomore Kim Jones rounded out the top performances for the FSU field athletes, posting nine points with a first-place finish in the long jump.
The Lady `Noles were equally impressive on the track, as Laura Gerber continued to impress in the 800m run. Gerber crossed the line in 2:11.00 for a first-place finish. Teresa Bundy and Keya Crutchfield finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100m dash, while Crutchfield added a second-place time in the 200m (24.33). Florida State excelled in the distance events, posting first-place marks in the 5,000m run and the 3,000m steeplechase. Beth Lukens crossed the line in 11:57.18 to give FSU another nine points in the steeplechase, while sophomore Katie Jeffrey ran a first-place time of 18:48.10 in the 5K.
The men’s squad posted 208 points, falling just short of Clemson. In the meet, Florida State showed several impressive performances against one of the conference’s top teams. Byron Taylor started off the day with a first-place finish in the 400m intermediate hurdles, as the junior crossed the line in 51.23. In the middle distance and distance events, Wade Brett and Maarten van den Heuvel continued to shine. Brett closed in on a first-place finish with a time of 1:52.86 in the 800m run, while van den Heuvel managed a time of 3:54.78 in the 1500m run to claim first place in that event. Finishing just behind Brett in the 800m was Sean Campbell, who crossed in second place. Zach Heissner and Eric Ricthson went 1-2 in the 3,000m steeplechase to round out the Seminole’s distance runners.
In the field events, sophomore Jeff Atkinson continued to come on strong in the pole vault. Atkinson cleared 16-03.25 for a first-place finish. Mario Lowe and Joe Allen claimed second and third in the triple jump and Allen added a second-place finish in the long jump. Allen went 26-00.75 for a NCAA provisional mark and a new Florida State school record, falling just short of Alabama’s Miguel Pate who went a NCAA automatic 27-01.25 in the long jump. Freshman Matt Mason followed Allen in the standings, going 24-05.50 for a third-place finish. In the triple, Lowe went a NCAA provisional 52-07.50 for a second-place finish, while Allen hit the sand at 51-05.00 to finish third. Josh Bowling and Dorian Scott tacked on first-place finishes in the discus and the shot put, respectively, as Bowling threw the disc 161-09.00 and Scott notched a mark of 53-07.50.
Florida State will now return home for the FSU Quad Meet, their second scored meet of the season, April 14. The FSU Quad will be the final preparations for the ACC Outdoor Championships, which take place on April 20-21, in Orlando, Fla.