April 4, 2008
Texas Relays Results
Austin, Texas – From one coast to the other, Florida State track and field opened its busy weekend abroad with top performances in Florida, Texas and California. Leading the pack in day one of competition was freshman indoor national champion Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) who shattered the school record in the men’s decathlon with an NCAA automatic mark as well as an Olympic “B” standard.
In addition to Barroilhet’s all-star mark in Texas, the Seminoles also posted three regional times in California and came close to a few more in Florida.
“Gonzalo’s decathlon score was big time,” said head coach Bob Braman. “But he’s got more. In some of his top events like the long jump, he’s got so much more to show. He probably punched his ticket to the Olympics to represent Chile, but he’s still looking for that Olympic `A’ standard and he’ll probably get it at nationals.”
Taking part in the decathlon for the first time as a collegiate, Barroilhet obliterated Rohn Stark’s 27 year-old record of 7,612 with a second-place mark of 7,828. His score is the sixth-highest in the world during the outdoor season and tops in the collegiate ranks.
The 2008 NCAA Indoor champion in the heptathlon, Barroilhet won the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.92 that is just outside the FSU all-time top ten. He took second in the pole vault, clearing 5.15m (16-10.75) and his javelin throw of 57.50m (188-08) is ninth in FSU history. He also posted top five finishes in the long jump and high jump.
The only competitor to beat Barroilhet was Trey Hardy, the 2006 NCAA decathlon champion and NCAA record holder. His scored would have placed third at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships and is 92 points off the ACC record set in 1992 by Virginia’s Stephen Dunphy. The mark also gave Barroilhet an Olympic “B” standard for the 2008 Games in Beijing, China.
Also in Austin, senior Drew Brunson (Snellville, Ga.) took first in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.92. Although the mark exceeded the time needed for a regional bid in the event, excess wind kept the 2008 NCAA Champion from qualifying. The same was true for junior Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) who finished second in the 100m dash. Garvin crossed the line in 10.36, which would have given him a regional bid were it not for the wind.
The men’s 4x100m relay team did pick up a regional mark, their second of the season with a third-place time of 39.84 in the prelims.
In the women’s events, sophomore Tiara Swanagan (Orange Park, Fla.) finished ninth in the triple jump with a 40’11.00″ leap.
Further west in California at the Stanford Invitational, the Seminoles picked up two regional marks on the women’s side an a host of lifetime bests in the distance events.
14:12 regional, 16th or 17th
Junior Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario) posted her lifetime best in the women’s 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:24 to qualify her for the regional meet next month in Tallahassee. Senior Debbie Huss (Wyomissing, Pa.) also picked up a regional mark with a 16:48 mark in the 5,000m run. Also in the 5,000m, sophomore Daniel Roberts (Vicksburg, Mich.) posted a regional time of 14:12 for the men’s squad.
In the men’s 10,000m, junior Steeve Gabart picked up his second win of the outdoor season with a 29:48 lifetime best. Gabart won the 5k at the Snowbird Invite last month. In the same race in California, sophomore Trey Andrews (Titusville, Fla.) posted his lifetime best time of 31:03.
Closer to home in Gainesville, Fla. at the UF Relays, senior Tommy Noyes (North Canton, Ohio) headlined Seminole competition in rival territory with a sixth-place finish in the 800m run. Noyes posted a time of 1:50.87, just ahead of teammate Stephen Wilson (Brandon, Fla.) who took ninth with a 1:51.22 mark.
Freshman Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) captured a pair of 15th place finishes in the 100m hurdles (14.03) and the 100m dash (11.78). Also in the 100m dash, junior transfer Nicole Marcus finished 17th with a 55.06 time.
In the 400m dash, junior Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.) led the Seminole pack in 14th place with a 54.69 mark. Senior Dana Massiah (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) finished next in 17th with a time of 55.06, followed by Hshkeni Richemond (Sufferin, N.Y.) took 22nd in 55.36 and senior Kandia Batchelor (Hillsborough, Fla.) took 23rd in 55.45.
Junior Shannon Stuckman (Gainesville, Fla.) finished 15th in the 400m hurdles, ahead of fellow junior and Gainesville native, Quiana Holsey who took 39th with a 1:05.45 mark. Sophomore Collin Lomagistro (Miami, Fla.) competed in the men’s 400m hurdles where he took 26th with a time of 55.19.
“All in all we had some pretty good things going on,” said Braman. “It’s a typical track and field weekend–we’re in three different places, but we’re all trying to get the same thing done.”
The Seminoles will be back in action in all three locations again tomorrow, April 5.