Feb. 26, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Setting the tone for the third-ranked Florida State men’s track and field team at the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championship were heptathletes Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) and Pelle Rietveld (Zoetermeer, Netherlands) placing first and fifth, respectively.
Barroilhet, who captured the heptathlon title last year with a conference record mark of 5,951 points, is currently leading the way with 3,180 points. The multi-event athlete not only set a new personal-record in the 60m dash with 7.14, but also broke the conference long jump record with 23-06.75/7.18m. The 2008 ACC Indoor Field Performer of the Year also competed in the shot put (13.33m) and high jump (6-06.75/2.00m).
“Gonzalo had a really consistent day,” head coach Bob Braman said. “He is now in the driver’s seat to qualify for nationals. The second day is always his best day.”
In just his first conference meet as a Seminole, Rietveld is in fifth place with 2,955 points. Although it was not a strong enough performance to set a personal-record, Rietveld had a good showing in the 60m run (7.15), long jump (22-04.25/6.81m), shot put (13.30m) and high jump (6-00.75/1.85m).
“We had a good effort all around,” Braman said. “All five hepta-athletes have the potential to qualify for nationals. The most important thing to me is that they earn qualifying marks. It would also be great to see Pelle move up.”
Barroilhet and Rietveld will conclude the multi-events portion of the meet tomorrow, February 27, at noon. The rest of the men’s team along with the No. 6 women’s track and field squad will hit the Rector Field House, home of the Virginia Tech Hokies, tomorrow for the second day of competition.
Long Jump: 23-06.65/7.18m
Shot Put: 13.33m
High Jump: 6-06.75/2.00m
Long Jump: 22-04.25/6.81m
Shot Put: 13.30m
High Jump: 6-00.75/1.85m