March 24, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Most athletes would balk at the idea of competing in six events at a single track meet. That's only a little more than half the workload Florida State graduate student Gonzalo Barroilhetis accustomed to competing in.
Barroilhet, a decathlete by trade, made the most of his first home track appearance in some time. The Olympian from Santiago, Chile won the 110-meter hurdles Friday at the 33rd FSU Relays in 14.01. Before the day was done he also ran the anchor leg on the Seminoles' fourth-place 4x100-meter `B' team (40.84) and finished fifth in the javelin (53.57m/175-9).
His weekend isn't over. Barroilhet will compete in the pole vault Saturday, as well as the discus and the 4x400-meter relay.
The first full day of action at Mike Long produced a number of solid performances, and a few disappointments from the Seminoles. It also included a lightning warning, which sent more than 100 high school and 20 college teams scurrying for cover during a 90-minute delay, pre-empting the conclusion of the night's Distance Showcase until 11:15 p.m.
With the highly-anticipated 4x100 relay kicking things off, the fans didn't have to wait for the action to heat up.
What figured to be a shootout between FSU's `A" team of Kemar Hyman, Horatio Williams, Maurice Mitchell and Rachmil von Lamoen, an all-star Zimbabwe quartet including Ngoni Makusha, Brian Dzingai and Paul Madzivire, and a group of Seminole alumni - Greg Bolden, Charles Clark, Brandon Byram - teaming with Dentarius Locke, produced plenty of excitement.
The Seminoles' top squad appeared to have things in hand until Williams and Mitchell failed to connect with the baton pass in the zone, leading to their disqualification. That opened the door for the team of FSU alumni, who brought it home to victory in 39.52, edging the Zimbabwe group (39.76).
Misfortune also clipped the FSU women's 4x100 as freshman Jande Pierce, with the finish line and victory in sight, lost her balance and fell.
Senior Amy Harris joined Barroilhet on the list of Seminole winners, capturing the long jump in 6.40m (21-0). It was the first outdoor performance of the season for the indoor All-American.
Makusha, the bronze medalist in the long jump at the 2011 World Championships, needed just one just to claim the victory in 7.86m (25-9.5), outdistancing FSU's Phillip Young, who tied for second in a personal-best 7.42m (24-4.25).
Young wasn't the only runner-up for the `Noles in the field events. Senior Lauren Giffin cleared 3.95m (12-11.5) in the pole vault for second behind former Seminole national champion Lacy Janson, who won in 4.30m (14-1.25).
Sophomore Shanea Rufus and freshman Briana Cherry-Bronson finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the hammer in 49.12m (161-2) and 48.49 (159-1). Freshman Garrett Singletary was sixth in the javelin (53.01/173-11).
Bree Anne Campbell turned in a huge career-best in the discus, with her toss of 42.97m (141-0) good enough to earn a fourth-place finish.
Emily Ness paced a large contingent of Seminoles in the 5000-meter run, placing fifth in 18:08, followed closely by Christina Phipps (18:10.99) in eighth.