March 13, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas– After a long day of unexpected happenings throughout events, the Florida State track and field teams (Men-No.3/Women-No.4) were able to finish the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships as the men earned eight points while the women wait to win points in the final day of competition tomorrow, March 13. The Seminoles will hit the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, located in College Station, Texas, beginning at 12 p.m. central time.
“Due to some injuries, we had a tough day, but Charles Clark may have jump started us with his fantastic race in the 200m,” head coach Bob Braman said. “Gonzalo is poised to make the run in the heptathlon crown.”
Opening the day for the Seminoles was heptathletes Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) and Pelle Rietveld (Zoetermeer, Netherlands). Barroilhet, the defending champion in the heptathlon, set two personal records throughout his event with a 60m dash of 7.12 and shot put throw of 45-7.00/13.89m. Rietveld also found success in the 60m dash as he too set a personal record with 7.16. Barroilhet, who is currently in third place, and Rietveld, in 13th place, will hit the track tomorrow for the final three events in the heptathlon -60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run.
Men’s 60m dash prelims had an unplanned mishap as sophomore Ngoni Makusha (Mandedza, Zimbabwe) injured his left leg during the sprint, causing him to finish last in his heat and not qualify for the finals. The injury had a domino effect as Makusha withdrew from the long jump event which he was scheduled to compete in shortly after. Veteran Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) and freshman Maurice Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.) competed in the second heat of the dash where only Garvin found success with his time of 6.65 that qualified him for the finals tomorrow.
Placing first in his heat in the 200m dash with 20.90 that earned him a spot in the finals was team leader Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.). Just an hour after prelims, Clark hit the track once again for the final competition in one of his best sprints of his career as he placed second with 20.67 which now sits as this seasons second-best performance in the nation.
In an unfortunate turn of events, sophomore hurdler Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) was not able to finish the 60m hurdles prelims as she tripped over her spike. However, Rodgers did manage to regroup and compete in her second event of the day, the 200m dash, where she finished with a time of 23.62.
Up next for the Seminole women was junior Pilar McShine (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) as she qualified for the finals in the mile run with her sixth-place finish of 4:42.35.
“The ladies have most of their big point opportunities tomorrow. Today’s highlight was Pilar McShine qualifying automatically for the mile final,” Braman said.
Keep up with the Seminoles in their final day of competition as live stats will be available on www.ustfccca.com.
Men’s Heptathlon-First Day:
3. Gonzalo Barroilhet 3,210 points
13. Pelle Rietveld 2, 979 points
Women’s Mile Run Prelim:
6. Pilar McShine 4:42.35 Q
Men’s 60M Dash Prelim:
8. Michael Ray Garvin 6.65 Q 1
1. Maurice Mitchell 6.72
13. Ngoni Makusha 8.44
Women’s 200m Dash Prelim:
11. Teona Rodgers 23.62
Men’s 200m Dash Prelim:
5. Charles Clark 20.90
Men’s 200M Dash Final:
2. Charles Clark 20.67