April 17, 2008
With a limited amount of athletes in competition on the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, there isn’t much fanfare for the Florida State track and field teams. However, junior Steeve Gabart gave the Seminoles a boost as he took third in the 10,000 meters to earn All-Acc honors on Thursday’s (April 17) at George C. Griffin Track on the campus of Georgia Tech.
Gabart (Miami, Fla.) ran a career-best time of 29:47.37, the ninth-fastest in school history.The three-time defending champion men are in fifth place with 13 points. North Carolina leads the meet after one day at 26 points. The women are ninth with five points, trailing Virginia Tech’s day-one best 52 points.
“Steve earned All-ACC honors, ran a lifetime best and that’s all you can ask of kids at a championship meet is run a lifetime best and we had two of them,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “On the men’s side, the bottom line is that a lot of the teams we’re in contention with, Clemson and North Carolina in particular, had outstanding days with lifetime bests and we did not.”
Already in the NCAA Championship with the best decathlon score in the country, freshman Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) is working on individual events during the league summit. His first endeavor was the javelin where his throw of 54.38m/178-05 took seventh. Also taking part in the javelin was sophomore Sean Comrecode (Naples, Fla.) who came in 10th with a throw of 53.20m/174-06 and senior Matt Frith (Jacksonville, Fla.) was a spot back at 49.90m/163-08.
“The first day doesn’t set up well for us and we’ve never lead after the first day, but we’re in a little deeper hole than I would have liked,” Braman added. “We’re going to have to have a typical Florida State rally, be really scrappy and get those points on Friday and Saturday.”
The Seminoles got their first points of the meet on the men’s side during the hammer throw. Senior Matt Wernke (Tallahassee, Fla.) had his best toss in the next to last round of the finals. His throw of 55.45m/181-11 placed him seventh. Sophomore Travis Whitfield (Jay, Fla.) got his best throw in the very last round to finish a spot behind Wernke at 54.02m/177-03.
Equaling her best pole vault performance of the year was junior Tori Allen (Indianapolis, Ind.) She cleared a height of 3.70m/12-01.50 to take sixth. Sophomore Liz Mabry (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) also cleared 3.70m/12-1.50 – a career-best for her – but needed more attempts than Allen as she took eighth.
Also getting a point for the women was senior Debbie Huss (Wyomissing, Pa.) as she ran a 36:12.45 to take eighth in the women’s 10,000m run. During the women’s hammer throw competition, sophomore Calia Coleman (Tallahassee, Fla.) had a throw of 47.19/154-10 to take 13th.
The second day of competition kicks off with Florida State’s first competitors in action at noon on Friday. Live stats can be found at www.theacc.com.