February 27, 2009 - by
Florida State Leads In Day Two Of Conference Meet


BLACKSBURG, Va. – The third-ranked Florida State men’s track and field team continued to defend its title and winning streak at the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championship as the Seminoles took the lead with 42 points. The Garnet and Gold will look for its seventh consecutive title at the final day of competition tomorrow, February 28 at 10 a.m. in the Rector Field House, home of the Virginia Tech Hokies.

“This is the best first day of any conference meet I have been to,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We had as good of a first day that you could ask for. We achieved 90% or more of what we had hoped for. The great thing is that this was not only a successful conference meet, but also had many national achievements.”

Sophomore Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) kicked off the day by matching his season-best record in the 60m hurdles (8.02) that helped him earn first place for the second consecutive year in the heptathlon with 5,847 points. His pole vault in the heptathlon also gave him a new lifetime best and earned him the third best performance in the ACC.

Dominating the long jump was sophomore Ngoni Makusha (Mandedza, Zimbabwe) as he not only reset his personal record, but also leaped into 2009’s best long jump mark in the world with his first place jump of 26-11.25/8.21m. Makusha’s outstanding performance also goes down as the ACC and Florida State record.

“Ngoni, Maurice and Gonzalo all had great national marks and times,” Braman said.

Also contributing points for Florida State were the distance runners as three Seminoles passed preliminaries and will be competing in the final one mile run. Leading the pack was Daniel Roberts (Vicksburg, Mich.) in third with 4:09.10. Matt Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) quickly followed in fifth place (4:09.46) and Justin Harbor (Bunnell, Fla.) crossed the line to be the last man to qualify in 4:12.26.

Sprinters were something to take notice of as eight of the ten Seminoles moved on to their respective final events. Competing in the 400M dash will be Kevin Williams (48.06: Miami, Fla.) as Brandon O’Conner (Miami, Fla.) missed the time by three one-hundreths of a second. Maurice Mitchell (6.60: Kansas City, Mo.), Makusha (6.60) and Michael Ray Garvin (6.73: Upper Saddle River, N.J.) will further their success in the 60M dash final as they placed second through fourth in the prelims, respectively. Representing the Garnet and Gold in the 800M run final will be Nathan Duby (Winter Springs, Fla.), who took fourth place with 1:54.46, and Stephen Wilson (Brandon, Fla.) as he crossed the line in sixth place with 1:53.12 and also reset his personal record. Finishing of the list of Seminoles competing in their final events will be team leader Charles Clark (21.22: Virginia Beach, Va.), Brandon Byram (21.31: Gallatin, Tenn.) and Mitchell (21:26) in the 200M dash.

Throwers had a great showing as senior Matt Wernke (Tallahassee, Fla.) and junior Travis Whitfield (Jay, Fla.) both set personal records in the 35 lb. weight throw. Wernke, who was the first Seminole to give Florida State points in 2008, took third place with 61-04.75/18.71m and still owns the third best pefromance for the season in the conference. Whitfield took eighth with 54-08.00/16.66m and holds the seventh best league performance. 

Competing in the last competition of the day was the distance medley group taking fifth place with 15:05.83. Senior Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla.), junior Trey Andrews (Titusville, Fla.), Daniel Silva (Miami, Fla.) and Duby teamed up to give Florida State 4 points and continue its lead in first place.


1. Gonzalo Barroilhet- 5,847:
60M Run: 7:14
Long Jump:23-06.75/7.18m
Shot Put: 43-09/13.33m
High Jump:6-06.76/2.00m
60M Hurdles: 8.02
Pole Vault: 17-02.75/5.25m
1000M: 2:56.22
4. Pelle Rietveld- 5,563:
60M Run: 7.15
Long Jump: 22-04.25/6.81m
Shot Put: 43-07.75/13.30m
High Jump: 6-00.75/1.85m
60M Hurdles: 8.24
Pole Vault: 15-11/4.85m
1000M: 2:44.77
Men's Mile Run Prelim:
3. Daniel Roberts 4:09.10 Q
5. Matt Leeder 4:09.46 Q
10. Justin Harbor 4:12.26 Q
Men's 5000M run:
Steeve Gabart 
Men's 400M Prelims:
2. Kevin Williams 48.06 Q
9. Brandon O'Conner 48.42 
13. Javier Garcia-Tunon 48.62
Men's 60M Dash Prelims:
2. Maurice Mitchell 6.60Q
3. Ngoni Makusha 6.60Q
4. Michael Ray Garvin 6.73 Q
Men's 800M Run Prelims:
4. Nathan Duby 1:54.46 Q
6. Stephen Wilson 1:53.12 Q
Men's Weight Throw Finals:
3. Matt Wernke 61-04.75/18.71m
8. Travis Whitfield 54-08.00/16.66m
Men's 200M Dash Prelims:
2. Charles Clark 21.22 Q
3. Maurice Mitchell 21.26 Q
4. Brandon Byram 21.31 Q
Men Long Jump:
1. Ngoni Makusha 26-11.25/8.21m, 10 points
5. Brian Chibudu 24-08.50/7.53m, 4 points
Men's Distance Medley:
5. Florida State    10:05.83    4         
     1) Nathan Duby Fr               2) Javier Garcia Tunon Sr            
     3) Daniel Silva Fr                 4) Trey Andrews Jr  

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