Florida State’s Makusha Sets New FSU, ACC Indoor Long Jump Record
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 the world indoor record books 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.