Feb. 29, 2008
Chapel Hill, N.C.- In just eight hours of competition on the second day of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Florida State managed to shatter two conference championship records, three school records, claim their seventh automatic NCAA bid of the season and seat the men in first place with 35 points and the women into sixth place with 22.5 points heading into the final round of competition tomorrow, March 1.
The first conference record to fall to the defending-champion Seminoles was the men’s indoor heptathlon record, captured by FSU freshman Gonazalo Barriolhet. The Chilean-native captured his first individual ACC title and earned the Seminoles’ seventh automatic bid to the NCAA Indoor Championships next month. Barroilhet’s top score, the third-best in the nation this season, also earned him the new FSU indoor record. His 17;03.50″ mark in the pole vault gave Barroilhet a provisional mark as well.
“Phenomenal performance by Gonzalo,” said head coach Bob Braman. “That’s just fantastic what he did–it was almost a perfect day for him. He had personal-bests in two events and picked up a provisional mark in the pole vault.”
Florida State picked up its second conference record in the women’s distance medley relay as Hannah England, Kandia Batchelor, Lydia Willemse and Susan Kuijken clocked a time of 11:11.03 to beat the previous ACC record set by Duke last year by more than 13 seconds. The four women also claimed the new Florida State school record in the event and came within three hundredths of a second from an automatic qualifying mark.
Not to be outdone, the men’s distance relay also posted a new school record with a 9:49.86. The team of Mark Buckingham, Jair Francis, Tommy Noyes and Luke Gunn finished in second place to put the Seminole men on top. Both Florida State and Virginia, who took first, broke the ACC record in the event. The men also earned a provisional nod for the NCAA tournament.
The Florida State men moved from second place into a tie with host-school North Carolina early in the day after a sixth-place performance from junior Steeve Gabart in the 5000m run. Gabart posted his career-best time of 14:39.65 to claim three points for FSU.
“Many highlights today,” said head coach Braman. “We did a really good job of qualifying on the men’s side with four in the mile, three in the 400m and two in the 200m, so we’re in a really good position to defend our title. We put some big points on the board so were just about where we thought we would be.”
Junior Kim Williams and Brian Chibudu also scored in pushing Florida State closer to an ACC Championship. Allen finished in a tie for fourth with a 10’0.75″ mark in the pole vault to score 4.5 points. Williams and Chibudu finished second and third respectively in the long jump. Williams punched a 20’01.00″ leap for the women while Chibudu turned in a career-best 24’04.25″ jump for the men.
The Seminoles also advanced 16 runners into their respective event finals tomorrow.
Freshman Matt Leeder finished first in the men’s one mile with a time of 4:10.87 followed by sophomore Daniel Roberts in fifth with a time of 4:12.30, senior Mark Buckingham in seventh at 4:11.24 and senior Chris Nickinson in eighth with a 4:12.98 mark.
In the women’s mile, junior Susan Kuijken topped the list with a 4:54.77. Sophomore Hannah England finished in fourth with a time of 4:55.22 and sophomore Amanda Quick rounded out the top eight with a 4:56.93 mark.
Junior Michael Ray Garvin topped the ACC competition in the men’s 200m dash prelims with a time of 21.56, followed by teammate freshman Brandon Byram in second with a 21.65 mark. Garvin will also advance in the 60m dash where he finished with a fourth-place time of 6.73.
In the 60m hurdles, senior Drew Brunson finished first for the men with a time of 7.82 while freshman Teona Rodgers clocked an 8.42 to advance for the women. Rodgers also qualified in the 200m finals with a seventh-place time of 24.60 and the 60m finals with a second-place time of 7.52.
“Teona qualified for three events in her first conference championship,” said Braman. “That makes her a prime candidate for ACC Freshman of the Year, in my opinion.”
Senior Hubert Mitchell, sophomore Charles Clark and freshman Pablo Navarette all finished the 400m dash in third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Mitchell clocked a 48.41, Clark notched a 48.98 and Navarette crossed the line in 49.13. In the men’s 800m prelims, senior Andrew Krummins finished first with a 1:53.29 mark that will put him through to tomorrow’s finals.
Junior Keyla Smith will also advance to the 400m finals on day three after finishing eighth in the prelims with a time of 56.62.
The final day of competition for Florida State will begin tomorrow, March 1, at 12:00 p.m. at the University of North Carolina. A win for the men, currently in first place, would give the school its sixth-straight conference indoor track title.