April 8, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As if one world leader wasn’t enough, another Florida State track and field star has set a top mark across the entire globe for the year.
While competing at the Texas Relays, Ngoni Makusha’s long jump of 27-06.75 is not just his personal record but is the longest all-conditions performance in the event in the world this year.
“Ngoni’s performance was unbelievable,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “It was a little bit windy but that’s not a big consequence when you are jumping almost 28 feet. It’s good to have him back and healthy. He is clearly on that same rise he was on when he was a freshman so we are excited about that.”
Makusha, who recently captured an indoor long jump national championship, joins fellow Seminole Maurice Mitchell as a world-leader. Mitchell owns this year’s quickest time in the 200m dash at 20.36.
With Makusha dominating a few states away, the men’s and women’s distance runners were looking strong back home in Tallahassee at the first day of the Seminole Invite.
In a mixed 3000m run, Matt Leeder set an outdoor personal record with a time of 8:14.12 that just edged out Jakub Zivec’s 8:14.90. Also setting outdoor personal records were Wes Rickman (8:19.62), Amanda Winslow (9:16.13) and Hannah Brooks (9:17.70).
The men’s discus started things off on Friday at Mike Long Track. In that event, freshman Markindy Sineus registered a toss of 126-08 for a sixth-place finish. Kamorean Hayes then earned the victory in the women’s discus throw. Hayes hurled the discus a distance of 151-07 while Brittany Linder recorded a throw of 121-07 for a seventh-place finish.
After Hayes’ win, Danielle Williams registered a sixth-place finish in the women’s high jump. Williams posted a jump of 5-03.00. In the same event, Colleen Schwab (10th) jumped 5-03.00, too, and Michelle Cullum (12th) jumped the same height.
“We had a good meet here today,” Braman said. “We ran hard. We really competed well in all of the events.”
Freshman Paul Madzivere competed in the men’s long jump and finished 13th with a distance of 22-05.00. In the triple jump, freshman Phillip Young jumped 49-01.75 for an eighth-place finish.
On the women’s side, three Seminoles competed in the pole vault and all three nearly finished in the top 10. Lizbeth Mabry had the best showing with a sixth-place finish on a vault of 12-11.75. Lauren Giffin then finished in a tie for seventh with a height of 12-08.00 and Callie Giffin was 11 th with a mark of 12-08.00.
Amy Harris performed well in the women’s long jump. Harris leapt 20-09.00 for a fifth-place finish.
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com for a recap of Saturday’s action from both Tallahassee and Austin, Texas.