Feb. 28, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Continuing their triumphant streak of victories, the third- ranked Florida State men’s track and field team took first place at the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championship for the seventh-consecutive year, eighth title overall. Head coach Bob Braman led his Seminoles to earn 125 points, six automatic and provisional marks and one athlete to even set a 2009 indoor world record throughout the weekend.
The sixth-ranked Florida State women’s track and field team also brought home the trophy as they earned first place for the first time in school history. The last program to have both teams capture the titles was North Carolina in 1992. Aside from Florida State and North Carolina, Clemson is the only other program to attain such an honor.
“That is amazing we are only the third school to get this honor,” Braman said. “It wasn’t easy though. The guys are still solid as they protected our athletes to earn the championship for the seventh year in a row.”
Earning the first provisional mark of the day for the men was senior Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla.) with his high jump of 7-00.25/2.14m. With his mark, Reen also matched his personal record.
Next up on the Seminoles list to conquer was the men’s mile run as three of the ten athletes competing were from Florida State. Leading the pack once again was Daniel Roberts (Vicksburg, Mich.) coming in at second with an NCAA provisional time of 4:03.70. Sophomore Justin Harbor (Bunnell, Fla.) came in fifth while also setting a lifetime best record with 4:04.67. Getting the last points for the Seminoles in this event was sophomore Matt Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) in eighth place with 4:05.86.
The men’s 60m dash also included several Seminoles earning awards as Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) took the silver medal home with his second place finish and NCAA automatic mark of 6.59. Quickly following Garvin’s lead was freshman Maurice Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.) taking third in 6.66.
“We got a lot done with Garvin, Maurice and Ngoni all in the top six in the country for the 60m,” Braman said. “We now have to get things done to position ourselves for nationals. If we can do that, we will continue to be on the hunt.”
Other Florida State sprinters gaining success were Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.), Brandon Byram (Gallatin, Tenn.), Kevin Williams (Miami, Fla.) and Mitchell. Clark took the gold medal in the 200M dash with his NCAA provisional time of 21.29 while Mitchell and Byram came in second and fourth, respectively. Williams earned Florida State five points with his fourth-place finish of 48.00 in the 400M dash.
Finishing off the day was the men’s distance group as Nathan Duby (Winter Springs, Fla.) battled for fifth place in the 800M run giving the Garnet and Gold four points. In spite of finishing first in his heat with strong determination, Trey Andrews (Titusville, Fla.) came in thirteenth overall in the 3000M run with a time of 8:28.30. Senior Steeve Gabart (Miami, Fla.) placed ninth and set a new personal record while crossing the line in 8:18.25.
Florida State will head back to prepare as the Seminoles will split up between the Arkansas Last Chance Meet in Fayetteville, Ark., and the NCAA Qualifier Meet in Ames, Iowa.
Men’s High Jump:
2. Time Reen 7-00.25/2.14m, 8 points
Men Mile Run:
2. Daniel Roberts 4:03.70, 8 points
5. Justin Harbor 4:04.67, 4 points
8. Matt Leeder 4:05.86, 1 point
Men’s 400M Dash Final:
4. Kevin Williams 4.48, 5 points
Men’s 60M Dash Final:
2. Michael Ray Garvin 6.59, 8 points
3. Maurice Mitchell 6.66, 6 points
8. Ngoni Makusha 6.82
Men’s 800M Run Final:
5. Nathan Duby 1:53.17, 4 points
8. Stephen Wilson 1:57.62, 1 point
Men’s 200M dash:
1. Charles Clark 21.29, 10 points
3. Maurice Mitchell 21.38, 8 points
4. Brandon Byram 21.56, 5 points
Men’s 3000M Final:
9. Steeve Gabart 8:18.25
13. Trey Andrews 8:28.30
Men’s 4×400 relay
2 Florida State 3:12.12, 8
1) Kevin Williams 2) Brandon Byram
3) Brandon O'Connor 4) Javier Garcia Tunon