May 9, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Given that there were a limited number of events on day one of the Seminole Twilight meet, there was a small chance for anything noteworthy. However, freshman Ngoni Makusha changed all that with his first jump of the day on Friday (May 9).
The rookie Makusha (Mandedza, Zimbabwe) propelled himself to a jump of 8.16m/26-09.25 to break the Florida State record by nearly nine inches. It is the second longest jump in the NCAA and the 11th-best in the world. His leap also resets Makusha’s own Zimbabwe national record. He broke the FSU record of 7.94m/26-00.5 set by Joe Allen in 2001.
“Ngoni came into the meet ranked eight in the country and then pops off the second longest jump in the country, just one centimeter of the national leader,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It’s right off the Olympic “A” standard and was a school record so that’s huge for us. That was big and the bigger thing is that he’s healthy.”
Just missing the regional qualifying mark in the 3,000m steeplechase was sophomore Amanda Quick (Tampa, Fla.). Her winning time of 10:54.00 – which rates her sixth in school history – is just off the standard of 10:52.25. Coming in third in the event was Rossanna Bell (Gainesville, Fla.) with a 12:12.11.
Also in the women’s distance events, junior Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, Fla.) led nearly the whole time on her way to a 17:44.62 victory in the 5,000m. Close behind in second place was teammate Amanda Hahn (Gainesville, Fla.) with a time of 17:48.26.
The men’s team won three of the four field events that were competed on Friday. Joining Makusha in the winner’s circle was freshman Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile). He cleared a height of 5.20m/17-00.75 to tie for the top honors in the pole vault. Junior Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla.) was the only jumper to clear 2.00m/6-06.75 as he won the high jump.
“We’re just getting this thing kicked off, we’ve got a lot of work to do tomorrow,” Braman added. “We’ve really got to try to get some momentum going. The sprint races, 800 and 1500m are set up for some good races and hopefully the 400 hurdle guys can lay it down and the 4×400.”
Coming in fifth in the men’s javelin was junior Sean Conrecode (Naples, Fla.) with a throw of 54.77m/179-08. Junior Brian Howard competed unattached and took second with a hurl of 58.89m/193-02. Also recording a fifth-place mark was sophomore Sharif Small (Kingston, Jamaica) with a toss of 46.00m/150-11 in the discus.
The second day of the meet will feature a schedule similar to that of the NCAA East Regional. Field events commence at 10 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw while the track events start at 4:30 p.m. with the men’s 4x100m relay.