Feb. 19, 2008
Greensboro, N.C.- When it comes to setting new records and braving new heights, there is no track to wide or sand pit too long to stop Florida State from re-writing the history books. A pair of record-breaking performances from freshman Ngonidzashe Makusha and junior Susan Kuijken this past weekend, Feb. 15-16, gave the pair Florida State’s third and fourth ACC Track and Field Performer of the Week honors for the season.
“These were two absolutely amazing performances,” said head coach Bob Braman. “Ngoni is the first athlete to break the twenty-six foot barrier in the indoor long jump at Florida State, which is extremely impressive. And Susan beat out the previous 3000 meter record set by Vicky Gill–who was an NCAA runner up–by six seconds. I’m very excited about how well they performed this weekend and I think this honor is very well-deserved.”
Makusha set a new standard for Florida State in the indoor long jump at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas where he notched a 26’0.25″ mark to win the competition. Makusha now holds the best long jump record in the ACC this season as well as the second-best leap in the nation. The Zimbabwe-native also broke his country’s all-time long jump record.
While Makusha was leaping to new heights in Arkansas, Kuijken was hours away in Seattle, Wash. at the Husky Invite setting a new record of her own. The junior from Nijmegen, Netherlands now holds the top FSU 3000m time with a first-place mark of 9:08.75. Kuijken also earned a spot atop the ACC’s 3000m times season as well as a position at number three in the nation.
With the conference awards for Makusha and Kuijken this week, Florida State has now earned four ACC Track and Field Performer of the Week nods for the indoor track season. Last year, the Seminoles won just four conference honors throughout the entire track and field season.
Florida State is off this week in order to prepare for the 2008 ACC Indoor Track Championships next weekend, Feb. 29-March 1 in Chapel Hill, N.C.