Makusha's World-Leading Jump Highlights Friday's ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Feb. 27, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Florida State's Ngoni Makusha became the world leader in the men's indoor long jump on Friday.
Makusha's leap of 8.21 meters (26-11.25) bested the 2009 indoor world standard of 8.20 previously held by Louis Tsatoumas of Greece. Makusha, a sophomore from Mandedza, Zimbabwe, made the eye-opening jump on his first attempt and shattered the previous ACC Championship record of 26-08.50, held by North Carolina's Allen Johnson since 1993.
Host Virginia Tech finished the day at the men's team leader with 51.5 points. Florida State, bidding for its seventh straight Men's Indoor title, holds second place with 42 points heading into Saturday's full slate of final-day competition.
The Women's competition saw Clemson's April Sinkler emerge a double gold-medal winner with first-place finishes in the long jump and high jump. Sinkler led a 55-point team showing by the Tigers, who lead second-place NC State (37) by 18 points.
Virginia Tech's men got a boost from junior Yavgeniy Olhovsky, who set an ACC meet record with a 5.5) meter (18-00.50) pole vault. The Hokies also saw sophomore Marcel Lomnicky capture the men's weight throw with an NCAA-provisional qualifying throw of 68-07.
Florida State sophomore Gonzalo Barroilhet completed a gold medal performance in the men's heptathlon for the second straight year. Barroilhet's score of 5,847 in the multi-event eclipsed his record 5,765-point showing in the 2008 Championships.
North Carolina captured the men's distance medley, as Kyle Milks, Ryan Booker, Adam Smith and Adam Cunningham combined for first-place time of 9:51.79. Virginia's Ryan Collins won the men's 5,000 meters with a time of 14.17.76, and Virginia Tech's Marcel Lomnicky had a winning weight throw of 68-07.00.
The Hokies made a sweep of the weight throw competition, as Dorotea Habazin took the gold medal on the women's side with a toss of 64-02.50. The personal-best throw marked the first indoor title for Habazin, who also placed first in the hammer throw at the 2008 ACC Outdoor Championships.
Virginia Tech also prevailed in the women's 5,000-meter run as Natalie Sherbak led the pack with a gold medal-time of 16:23.51.
In the women's long jump, Clemson's Sinkler placed first with a distance of 21-04.25. Sinkler edged Florida State's Kimberly Williams, who placed second at 21-02.75. Sinkler also won the high jump with a winning distance of 5-11.50.
The Florida State team of Linzi Snow, Keyla Smith, Lydia Willemse and Susan Kuijken posted a winning time of 11:12.96 in the women's distance relay.