March 14, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas– In spite of obstacles put on the warpath in its first day of competition, the Florida State track and field teams were able to prevail past them as the men earned third place with 32 points while the women posted up 23 points to take eighth at the 2009 NCAA Indoor National Meet.
“We had a fantastic second day,” head coach Bob Braman said. “We did everything we could do. Pelle really rallied up and got sixth. Leeder, a 19 year old, in his first ever NCAA meet got sixth place. Michael Ray was solid. The 4x400m was fantastic with three freshmen and one sophomore only a foot away from winning it. Overall we had a really good second day. With Ngoni healthy, we would have taken second.”
“The women were great,” Braman said. “Pilar was huge and Susan was great as they both got lifetime bests. Although Kimberly didn’t get a lifetime best, she was a national champion. We maximized with two top ten teams.”
Launching the day for the Florida State men were heptathletes Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) and Pelle Rietveld (Zoetermeer, Netherlands) competing in the final three events of the heptathlon. Barroilhet had another great performance as he earned a lifetime-best record in the 60m hurdles with 7.99. The All-American finished the heptathlon in second place with 5, 879 points and set a total of three personal records throughout the competition. Rietveld, who started the day off in 13th place, emerged in the final day of competition as one of Florida State’s most important assets in gaining additional points. The newcomer finished the heptathlon in sixth-place with 5,620 after an incredible 1,000m run where he finished second in 2:44.08.
“Earning second place is pretty good, but it was below my expectations” Barroilhet said. “I didn’t have as good a day as yesterday, but I did set some personal records. I did gain some confidence from it, but I know I can do better.”
Finishing in sixth place in the 3,000m run and contributing three points for the Garnet and Gold was sophomore Matt Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) finishing with a time of 7:59.16.
Closing out the meet for the FSU men was the 4x400m relay group. The team of Kevin and Jonathan Borlee (Brussels, Belgium), Kevin Williams (Miami, Fla.) and Brandon O’Conner (Miami, Fla.) took second place as they crossed the line in 3:05.97 to give the Seminoles eight points.
On the women’s front, giving the Seminoles their first points was junior Pilar McShine (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) as she ran a lifetime-best in the mile run with a time of 4:36.87. In her first NCAA Indoor Championship appearance, McShine earned five points for the fourth-ranked women.
The lone Seminole to be named an NCAA Champion as she took top honors in the triple jump was sophomore superstar Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) as she placed first with a mark of 13.81m/45-3.75. The All-American, who was the runner-up at last year’s national meet, earned Florida State 10 points in her second-best performance of the season.
“Today was a good day,” Williams said. “I am happy for the win and that fact I am the National Champion for 2009. Now I am going to get myself ready for the outdoor season by working on what I did wrong today. There is always room for improvement.”
Earning eight points for the women, setting a new lifetime-best record, resetting her previous school record and taking second place in the 3,000m run was junior Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) with a time of 8:56.27. Prior to the race, Kuijken held the school record with her 2008 run of 8:58.14, but reset it with her excellent time in today’s event. The five-time All-American and ACC Champion’s points gave the Seminoles their final points of the meet.
“We had such a good second day for the men and women that we can build on that for outdoors,” Braman said.
Men’s Heptathlon-Final Day:
2. Gonzalo Barroilhet 5,879
6. Pelle Rietveld 5,620
Women’s Triple Jump:
1. Kim Williams 13.81m/45-3.75
10(T). Tiara Swanagan 12.87m/42-2.00
Women’s Mile Run Final:
4. Pilar McShine 4:36.87
Men’s 60m Dash Final:
7. Michael Ray Garvin 6.65
Women’s 3,000m Run:
2. Susan Kuijken 8:56.27
Men’s 3,000m Run:
6. Matt Leeder 7:59.16
2. Florida State (K. Borlee, J. Borlee, K. Williams, B. O’Conner) 3:05.96