March 15, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
For the second year in a row the Florida State men’s track and field team put together a strong performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, only to come up just short. Arizona State scored 16 points in the final two events on Saturday’s (March 15) to edge the Seminoles by three points. The Seminoles finished runner-up with a point total of 41.
“It almost hurts worse that we got close,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It almost hurts more because (4x400m relay) ran so well and gave us a chance up until the last race.
“I think this shows that we’re not a one-trick pony. We had a great meet. It’s one thing to get second and have some ups and downs, it’s another thing to get second and have a whale of a meet like we did.”
The day started with Florida State getting 10 big points from freshman Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) in the heptathlon. He reset his own school mark with a top score of 5,951. That gave Florida State 36 points with four athletes and the 4×400 relay remaining, but the Seminoles only managed to get five more points the rest of the meet.
Florida State got a point each from Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) in the 60m with a time of 6.74. Senior Ray Taylor (Sanguinetti, Jamaica) also put a point on the board with h s leap of 52-01.75 in the triple jump.
The Seminoles got their final three points from the 4x400m relay of Twyayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica), Pablo Navarette (Santiago, Chile), Brandon Byram (Gallatin, Tenn.) and Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.). The quartet ran a sixth-place time of 3:07.47 that was just off FSU’s best time of the year. Byram ran in place of Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla.) who remained in Tallahassee with strep throat.
During the two-day competition nearly every men’s competitor finished in the top eight of their event. Florida State got a pair of individual champions – Drew Brunson (Snellville, Fla.) won the 60m hurdles – and Clark was the runner-up in the 200m.
The Seminoles open the outdoor season by playing host to the Snowbird Invitational, March 21-22 at Mike Long Track.