February 13, 2009 - by
Florida State Finishes First Day Of Tyson Invitational With Good Foundation

Feb. 13, 2009


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In their last chance to prepare for the conference meet, the Florida State track and field teams (men-No. 6/women-No. 5) finished the first of the two day Tyson Invitational with a good foundation. The Seminoles faced stiff competition at the Randal Tyson Track Complex on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

“This was a good day for us,” head coach Bob Braman said. “We will have more competition going on tomorrow. This is helping us get ready for conference.”

The women concluded the day with two NCAA provisional marks set in two separate events. Earning the first mark and continuing her success in Arkansas was sophomore Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) in the 60m hurdles with 8.36. Rodgers set her 2008 season-best in the 60m hurdles at last year’s Tyson Invitational. Newcomer Christal Washington (Hollywood, Fla.) took Rodgers’ lead and notched her first NCAA provisional mark in the 800m run with 2:08.02.

“Teona had a good performance today,” Braman said. “This was her second-best performance of the season. She got another NCAA mark again so she is being consistent.”

In his first long jump of the season, sophomore Ngoni Makusha (Mandedza, Zimbabwe) not only marked his leap as one of the top-fifth longest jumps in the nation, but also now holds the top long jump in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 7.79m. Junior Stephen Wilson (Brandon, Fla.) also finished the day with an achievement. Wilson set his indoor lifetime-best record in the 800m run with 1:53.97.

Florida State continues competition tomorrow morning for the final day of Tyson Invitational.


Place    Name    Time           

Women’s Mile Run:
6     Amanda Quick     4:58.36

Women’s 60m Dash Prelims:
17    Danielle Jeffrey    7.58
26    Kristen Marcus    7.66

Men’s 60m Dash Prelims:
54    Pelle Rietveld        7.30
55    Gonzalo Barroilhet    7.31

Women’s 60m Hurdles:
6    Teona Rodgers    8.36

Women’s 400m Dash:
10    Britany St. Louis    55.12
28    Keyla Smith        56.81
46    Auja Pughsley        58.40

Men’s 400m Dash:
40    Brandon O’Connor    49.27
—    Kevin Williams    DQ

Women’s 800m Run:
3    Christal Washington     2:08.02

Men’s 800m Run:
12    Stephen Wilson    1:53.97

Men’s Mile Run:
4    Justin Harbor        4:06.99

Men’s Long Jump:
8    Gonzalo Barroilhet    7.08m/23-2&5/4

Men’s Long Jump Championship

3   Ngoni Makusha      7.79m

Men’s Shot Put:
13    Pelle Rietveld        13.91m/45-7&5/4

Women’s Weight Throw:
7    Caila Coleman        17.14m/56-3   

Men 60m Hurdles:
13    Gonzalo Barroilhet    8.08
19    Pelle Rietveld        8.18

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