February 25, 2010 - by
Heptathletes Open First Day Of ACC Indoor Championships

Feb. 25, 2010

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Junior Gonzalo Barroilhet and Senior Collin Lomagistro kicked-off the first day of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships Thursday, February 25, in the heptathlon with Barroilhet holding firm in fifth place with 2847 points and Lomagistro following with 1647 points to be in 11th place. Both ‘Noles will conclude competition tomorrow at the Rector Field House on the campus of Virginia Tech beginning at 12 p.m. (EST).

“This is Gonzalo’s first competition in a year,” FSU Head Coach Bob Braman said. “Tomorrow is going to be do or die for him because if he doesn’t qualify for nationals tomorrow then he won’t make it. He is currently second in the nation in the heptathlon and tomorrow is his best events.”

Barroilhet, ranked second in the nation in the heptathlon, opened the meet Thursday in the first heat of the 60m dash that saw the ‘Nole posting a time of 7.14 to take eighth place overall. Lomagistro quickly followed in tenth place with a time of 7.51.

Next up for both men was the long jump. While Barroilhet leaped 6.89m/ 22-07.25 to position himself in sixth place, Lomagistro was unable to qualify in the event and fell to eleventh place. In the third event of the day, the shot put, Barroilhet led the ‘Noles with a sixth place mark of 10.94m/ 35-10.75 with Lomagistro finishing in 10th place with a throw of 9.39m/ 30-09.75.

Both men closed out the day in the high jump that saw Barroilhet clearing a height of 1.99m/ 6-06.25 that earned him third place. At the conclusion of the first day, Barroilhet stands with 2847 points in fifth place.

As for Lomagistro, the ‘Nole posted a mark of 1.63m/ 5-04.25 for 11th place and remains in 11th place with 1647 points.

“Gonzalo has been trying to rally up since his injury, but it’s going to be on the line tomorrow,” Coach Braman added. “Even if he can’t qualify for nationals, he needs to do it for his team now because we need the points. We need him to be a top three or top four guy. He has some work to do.”

The heptathlon will conclude tomorrow with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m run. As for the rest of the Seminoles, all other events will be starting tomorrow beginning with the men’s long jump at 1 p.m.

“I think the rest of us are ready to get out there,” Coach Braman said. “The guys seem to be getting healthy and we really need to get through tomorrow. The ladies still have a few challenges, but we all need to have a good day tomorrow by qualifying. I feel good about it. We need to avoid the mishaps like the no heights or the false starts.”

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8. Gonzalo Barroilhet 7.47

10. Collin Lomagistro 7.51

Long Jump

4. Gonzalo Barroilhet 6.89m/ 22-07.25

11. Collin Lomagistro

Shot Put

6. Gonzalo Barroilhet 10.94m/ 35-10.75

10. Collin Lomagistro 9.39m/ 30-09.75

High Jump

3. Gonzalo Barroilhet 1.99m/ 6-06.25

11. Collin Lomagistro 1.63m/ 5-04.25

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