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Fitness event damages FIU basketball court

An second floor view of the east half of FIU Arena court Monday afternoon. Some of the dents appear as small scratches from above.
An second floor view of the east half of FIU Arena court Monday afternoon. Some of the dents appear as small scratches from above. THE MIAMI HERALD

A weekend fitness competition broke the beach-themed FIU Arena court that FIU volleyball, women’s basketball and men’s basketball teams call home.

Large dents in the floor, on both sides of midcourt and beyond the west sideline, make the surface manifestly unsafe. From the second level, the floor resembles a face that suffered under a razor wielded by a neophyte. A portable floor will be brought in to cover the regular floor. Considering the time it takes to replace a floor, the new floor wouldn’t go in until after basketball season or, perhaps, the arena hosts the spring graduation ceremonies.

Wednesday’s FIU home volleyball match against FAU will be played at the FIU Rec Center, which is across the street from FIU Arena. Both basketball teams likely will have to practice there also as they’ve done in the past when other events occupied the arena.

Organizers of RAID Games VI, described on its site as a "high performance, strength and endurance competition designed to measure work capacity," rented the arena for Saturday and Sunday’s competition. Fitness competitions use weights heavy enough to damage a floor if dropped on parts without mats.

The FIU Athletic Department issued a statement saying: “As a result of an outside event held at FIU Arena this past weekend, the court was damaged. The event was fully insured. We anticipate repairs being complete over the next couple of weeks.”

Men’s golf

Barry University men's golf team shot 298 in the rain-delayed opening round of the Brickyard Crossing Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Indianapolis.

The Buccaneers are tied for seventh, eight strokes behind co-leaders West Florida and Central Oklahoma. Tiffin (Ohio) is third at 293 in the 13-team field.

Play was suspended Monday when a lightning storm passed over the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course's par-72, 7,180-yard layout. Holes 7-10 are embedded inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's oval track.

Barry newcomer Mike Anderson shot even par, and is tied for fourth with seven others. Central Oklahoma's Russ Purser shot 3-under 69. Missouri-St. Louis' Anthony Cope and West Florida's Juan Miguel Heredia are tied for second at 1-under 71.

Buccaneers senior Berry Jole is tied for 12th after shooting 73. Junior Nico Cavero shot 76, and is tied for 36th. Sophomore Mario Beltran and Eirik Groenhaug are tied for 43rd after shooting 77s.

Anderson leads the 74-player field with seven birdies. Cavero and Groenhaug each had 12 pars, and Jole 11. Missouri-St. Louis' Markus Lindberg and Jackson Wright lead that category with 15 apiece.

The tournament, which Barry has won the past two seasons, has been cut to 36 holes. The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday.


Barry University women's golf team shot 304-304-608 to take the lead on Monday after two rounds of the Ross Resorts Invitational hosted by Rollins College in Southern Pines, N.C.

The Buccaneers lead Nova Southeastern by five strokes after 36 holes on the par-72, 6,171-yard Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club course. Rollins is third at 620.

The first-day leader in the 48-player field was Liliana Cammisa of Nova Southeastern, who shot 71-74-145. Rollins’ Madison Lellyo is second at 148, and Florida Southern’s Abbey Williams third at 149.