April 15, 2010
CLEMSON, S.C. –
Florida State opened the 2010 ACC Outdoor Championships on Thursday in Clemson, S.C. with a strong start in the discus by Michael Putman and the duo of Pasca Cheruiyot and Andrea Palen capped off the day with top five finishes in the 10,000m.
Pasca Cheruiyot was in a battle right from the start in the 10,000m as she pulled away from the rest of the field along with Clemson’s Kimberly Ruck and Wake Forest’s Anna Nosenko. Not far behind the lead pack was Andrea Palen who was leading the second group for most of the race.
“Pasca and Andrea both ran great races and put themselves in good position for regionals,” head coach Bob Braman said. “We fought really hard in every event.”
With less than two miles to go Ruck and Nosenko pulled away from Cheruiyot, but the junior maintained a close margin with the leaders and held on for the third place finish in a time of 34:57.79.
Palen and Duke’s Carly Seymour in a neck and neck battle in the bell lap and were sprinting down the homestretch but Seymour was able to edge out Palen by .02 seconds for fourth place giving Palen the fifth-place finish. The 10 combined points from the distance group pushed FSU into a tie for fifth place after the opening day.
Michael Putman opened the scoring for the Seminoles on Thursday as the sophomore threw the discus 178-6 to finish fourth overall and garner five points for FSU. Putman recorded his top throw in his first toss and then equaled the mark in his very next throw but was unable to eclipse the mark in his next four attempts.
The Seminoles grabbed six team points in the men’s javelin as Bryan Howard earned fourth place for five points and Gonzalo Barroilhet held on to eighth place for a single point. Howard hit 206-10 in his second throw, while Barroilhet threw his top mark of 185-4 on his second attempt as well.
The duo of Mike Fout were able to grab three more points for the Noles in the final event of the night as Leeder finished seventh overall in the men’s 10,000m in 30:08.50. Leeder crossed the line a little less than six seconds ahead of Fout who finished in a time of 30:14.02 for eighth place.
“We could use some luck but we are not hurting for effort right now,” Braman said. “We just need to carry this into tomorrow and be ready to go.”
Collin Lomagistro opened the decathlon with his second-highest point total of the day in the 100m dash with a time of 11.95 for 661 points. The senior added 657 more points in the long jump with a top jump of 20-9.
Lomagistro tacked on 395 points in the shot put (27-10.25) and 512 in the high jump (5-5.25) before closing out the day with a time of 51.24 to grab 758 points for a day one total of 2,983 which is good for ninth place. Lomagistro sits just 55 points shy of eighth place and scoring for the Seminoles.
In the women’s heptathlon Sarah Mackey finished day one with 2,651 points with top performances in the 100m hurdles (15.11, 827 points) and the 200m dash (26.95, 716 points). Mackey sits in 13th place with three events remaining.
The FSU men finished day one with 14 points and are currently tied with Wake Forest for third place, while Virginia and Duke hold down the top two spots with 25 and 16 points. The 10 points garnered by the pair of Cheruiyot and Palen has the Seminole women in a tie for fifth place after day one behind Clemson (29), Virginia (21) and Duke and Georgia Tech (11).
The Seminoles will continue action on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. when the decathlon concludes, followed by the conclusion of the heptathlon beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The first running events of the day will take place at 3 p.m. with the 1,500m prelims.