Aug. 19, 2008
Tallahassee– Proving that youth is not a factor in competing at a level of excellence, freshman Ngonidzashe Makusha (Zimbabwe) was only one hundredth of a meter away from winning his first bronze medal in the long jump event.
Qualifying for the finals in just two attempts, Makusha jumped to the finals with a mark of 8.14m in his first endeavor then a 7.94m in his second. At the finals the next day, Makusha placed fourth with a leap of 8.19m, just a one hundredth meter short from Cuba’s Ibrahim Camejo who jumped 8.20m.
Makusha, already putting his footprints in Florida State’s record books, took the crown in the long jump at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. His first place leap was the fourth-longest jump in 2008 and longest in Florida State history.