April 22, 2011
That’s why it’s no surprise that the dynamic duo once again dominated the competition in the men’s and women’s long jump events at the 2011 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday.
In day two on Duke’s campus, both star athletes earned an ACC Championship in the long jump; Makusha with a distance of 25-4 and Williams with a leap of 20-6 ¼. Makusha is now a two-time conference champion in the event and Williams is a three-time winner.
In the same event, Paul Madzivere garnered All-ACC honors with a second-place jump of 24-7 ¾ and Phillip Young generated points with a fifth-place finish by leaping 23-2 ½.
Amy Harris came in fourth place in the women’s long jump with a distance of 19-11 ¾.
The FSU men are currently second entering the final day of action on Saturday. With 50 total points, the ’Noles are second to Duke’s 70.5 points. The women are currently third with 36 total points compared to second-place Duke’s 45 and current-leader Clemson’s 66.5.
“The long jump was huge for us today,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We have a five-point lead on Virginia Tech now on the men’s side and I am sure it will come down to the final event on Saturday. The women had some really good performances and they are right in there.”
A day after capturing the men’s discus throw title, junior Michael Putman nearly did the same in the shot put. Putman wound up placing second in the field event with a throw of 58-8 ½ to earn his third consecutive All-ACC honor.
For the second year in a row, Allyn Laughlin earned All-ACC honors in the women’s shot put. Her throw of 51-3 ½ was good enough for second place.
“Just like Kim, Allyn was outstanding today,” Braman said.
In the women’s 3000m steeplechase, Astrid Leutert posted points for the Seminoles with a sixth-place finish thanks to a lifetime best time of 10:23.95.
Two FSU men accumulated more points for the cause in the 10000m run. Sophomore Wes Rickman earned All-ACC honors with a third-place finish on a lifetime best time of 29:45.06. Junior Seth Proctor then finished in 29:57.74 in what was also a lifetime best.
Senior Collin Lomagistro earned two points in the men’s decathlon.
While several of the FSU athletes were completing their respective events, even more were just getting started in the preliminaries.
“Men’s sprints were huge and the men’s distance qualified well but has to do it again in the finals,” Braman said. “Teona (Rodgers), Violah (Lagat), Amanda (Winslow) and Marecia (Pemberton) all ran well in qualifying.”
Here’s a look at who is competing in Saturday’s finals:
Men’s pole vault - Andrew Lahaye
Women’s hammer throw - Shanae Rufus
Men’s hammer throw – Trevor Andrews
Women’s 100m hurdles – Teona Rodgers
Men’s 110m hurdles – Tremaine Grant
Women’s 400m dash – Britany St. Louis and Elizabeth Ichite
Men’s 400om dash – Brandon O’Connor
Women’s 100m dash – Marecia Pemberton
Women’s 200m dash – Teona Rodgers