JOHN BUSCEMA (boo - SHEM - ah)
New Port Richey, Fla. (River Ridge HS)
BD: 11/13/76 (New York, N.Y.)
CAREER VICTORIES: 4
55m Hurdles: 7.31- 1999 SEC Championships, Gainesville, Fla.
60m Hurdles: 7.91- 1999 Virginia Tech Invitational, Blacksburg, Va.
200m: 22.29- 2000 Gator Invitational, Gainesville, Fla.
110m Hurdles: 14.11- 1999 Florida Relays, Gainesville, Fla.
400m Hurdles: 54.84- 1998 UF-FSU-Nebraska Triangular, Gainesville, Fla.
200m Hurdles: 21.63- 1999 USTCA Challenge, Gainesville, Fla.
2000 (Senior Indoors): Best of 7.33 (55m Hurdles), 8.02 (60m Hurdles) and 22.29 (200m)... Competed in six meets (all indoors)... Sixth in the SEC Indoor Championships 60m hurdles, 8.04... Provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60m Hurdles (7.84c).
1999 (Junior Indoors/ Senior Outdoors): Bests of 7.31 (55m HH), 10.65 (100m), 13.99w (110m HH), and 21.63 (200m)... Competed in 14 meets (Seven indoors, Seven outdoors)... Suffered hamstring pull at Outdoor SEC Championships and could not finish preliminaries... Fourth in the Penn Relay Shuttle Hurdle Relay (with Brown, Butler and Mann), 58.48 - Only time Florida ran the event in 1999... Second in the Florida Relay Invitational 110m Hurdles, 14.11- Personal Best - Ninth on the Florida outdoor top-10 list... Second in the Florida Relays Collegiate/Open 110m Hurdles, 14.28w... Competed in the 60m Hurdles at the Indoor NCAA Championships, tripped and fell in the preliminaries and finished in 8.63; not enough to qualify for the finals... Fifth at the Indoor SEC Championships 55m hurdles, 7.34- 7.31 preliminary run set new personal best- Sixth on the Florida indoor top-10 list.
1999 WINS (3): (i) NationsBank Invitational (1/22) 55m HH: 7.41; (o) UCLA Dual (4/3) 110m HH: 14.11w; USTCA Challenge (5/2) 110m HH: 13.99w.
1998 (Sophomore Indoors/ Junior Outdoors): Bests of 7.51 (55m HH), 8.37 (60m HH), 14.28 (110m HH) and 22.49 (200m)... Fifth in his heat at the Outdoor SEC Championships 110m hurdles, 14.46- Did not qualify for finals... Fourth in the Indoor SEC Championships 55m hurdles, 7.55.
1998 WINS (1): (o) UF-FSU-Nebraska Triangular 110mHH: 14.32.
1997 (Freshman Indoors/ Sophomore Outdoors): Bests of 6.68 (55m), 7.53 (55m HH), 8.09 (60m HH) and 14.59 (110m HH)... 14th in Outdoor SEC Championships preliminary 110m hurdles, 15.94 - had nagging hamstring injury - did not qualify for finals... Eighth in the Indoor Sec Championships 55m hurdles, 7.61.
1996 (Freshman Outdoors): Bests of 11.24 (100m) and 14.53 (110m HH)... Redshirted indoor season.
HIGH SCHOOL/PREP: 1995 graduate of River Ridge High... Pasco County Most Outstanding Athlete after an undefeated senior season in the hurdles. High School Coach: Bill Napolitano.
PREP BESTS: 100m: 10.9; 110m HH: 14.17; LJ: 22-4; TJ: 42-7
"BEYOND THE STATS": Has a third-degree black belt in Taekwon?Do...Nickname is the "Wildman"...Also enjoys spearfishing, water skiing, hunting and any activities with a high risk factor... Tester/Stunt Driver for father's offshore boat racing team, "Vendetta" Racing... Driver/Co-Owner of "Teamspit" offshore race boat... Alternate driver for Toyota Trucks on/off road vehicle test... Son of John and Joni Buscema... Born John Bob Buscema on November 13, 1976 in New York, N.Y... Has a sister, Dina and is the godfather as well as the uncle of her two year old daughter, Ciara.