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Florida State men and women claim ACC Outdoor Track and Field Crowns
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (theACC.com) – For the second time in seven weeks, Florida State owns dual Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field titles.
Saturday’s final session of the 2014 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship saw the Seminole men fend off a strong challenge from host North Carolina, while their female counterparts stayed comfortably ahead throughout the day to secure a title sweep.
The scenario played out in almost identical fashion to the ACC Indoor Championships at Clemson on Feb. 27-March 1, which also saw the Seminoles double up on first-place hardware. Only two other ACC programs have swept both the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor titles in the same year – North Carolina in 1995 and Florida State in 2009.
“I want to brag on that a little bit, but at the same time I am grateful and very humbled,” FSU coach Bob Braman. “It’s hard to do, and it’s just so great because both of these teams feed off each other. It’s a total commitment, and one that starts with our administration and the commitment they make to our sport.”
Florida State’s men finished atop the ACC Outdoor Championship field for the 11th time in 13 years and the ninth time under Braman’s watch. The Seminoles clung to a two-point lead over Duke entering Saturday’s final events and saw UNC mount a serious bid down the stretch on Saturday. But the Seminoles held 113 team points to the Tar Heels’ 110 at the end, while Notre Dame held third place with 88.
The Seminoles’ Dentarius Locke scored 20 points to be named the Championship’s Most Valuable Male Track Performer for the second year in a row, but there were numerous FSU heroes on Saturday. Sophomore Otniel Teixeira earned a key win in the 800 meters, and Glen Yarham’s sixth-place finish in the 1,500 meters provided three key points and a seven-point team edge that helped the Seminoles survive, even after UNC closed the meet with its fourth straight victory in the 4x400 relay.
“My heart was pounding,” Braman said. “But this is how it should be. It came down to the last race, and it was a great race and it was run clean. It’s this kind of competition that makes the ACC elite. Winning isn’t easy in the ACC, and this conference is only going to get better.”
In addition to ending Clemson’s four-year reign as ACC women’s champion, Florida State became the fourth women’s program in league history to claim the “Triple Crown” of a cross country, indoor and outdoor league championship in the same academic year. Florida State also claimed all three ACC titles in 2008-09, and North Carolina did so in 1994-95 and in 2003-04.
The Seminoles now own three ACC Women’s Outdoor Championship titles overall, with the first two coming in 2000 and the aforementioned 2009 season. Florida State led this year’s team scoring with 111 team points, while Notre Dame placed second with 96 and Miami third with 94.
Miami throwerr Isaiah Simmons earned Men’s Most Valuable Field Performer honors for the second year in a row. Virginia sprinter Jordan Lavender earned Women’s Most Valuable Track Performer (after claiming the same honor at the Indoor Championship), and Clemson’s Mimi Land was Most Valuable Women’s Field Performer.
Due to the rain in the area on Saturday, the finals in the women’s high jump, men’s and women’s triple jumps and the men’s pole vault were moved inside to the nearby Eddie Smith Field House. But the discus throws, men’s javelin and all running events went on as scheduled at the Belk Track and Fetzer Field.
The top eight finishers in each ACC Championship event earned team points. The top three finishers in each individual event and the four members of each winning relay team received All-ACC recognition.
Saturday’s field event championships featured a repeat winner in the women’s discus, where Florida State’s Kellion Knibb defended her 2013 title with a gold medal throw of 177 feet (53.94m).
Florida State’s Locke took his second straight men’s 100-meter dash – and the fifth straight by a Seminole runner – with a time of 10:16.
North Carolina’s Rilwan Alowonle delivered his second straight gold medal performance in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 50.23. Alowonle joined fellow UNC hurdlers Javonte Lipsey (second place), Roy Smith (fourth) and Devon Carter (eighth) in a strong overall scoring showing in the event that helped keep the Tar Heels within striking distance of the Seminoles well into Saturday’s session.
The men’s 1,500 race also featured a successful defending champion, as Virginia Tech senior Grant Pollock (3:50.34) held off NC State’s Graham Crawford (3:50.74) and Notre Dame’s Nick Happe (3:50.83) in a thrilling finish.
Virginia’s Lavender led the women’s 400-meter field for the second straight year, dashing to the gold medal with a personal best time of 52.48.
A bit of history was made in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, where Notre Dame’s Jade Barber placed first at 12.98. Barber became the first Fighting Irish student-athlete to claim an ACC Outdoor Championship gold medal.
Happe later became the first Notre Dame male student-athlete to win an outdoor event when he outlasted a strong field in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:01.15, and the Notre Dame women closed out with a gold medal in the 4x400 relay.
And on the men’s side, senior speedster Brycen Spratling became Pitt’s first-ever ACC champion, taking the 400 meters in a time 45.49, just off his school record of 45.46 set at last weekend’s Tennessee Relays. The Panthers’ Carvin Nkanata added a winning run of 20.47 in the 200 meters.
And then Florida State men’s relay team of James Franklin III, Dentarius Locke, Jalen Ramsey and James Harris claimed the men’s 4x100 relay for an unprecedented sixth consecutive time.
Several school records were set on Saturday, including the Virginia Tech women’s 800 mark of 2:04.45 by Amanda Smith. The Hokie junior, who broke her own school record, swept both the ACC women’s indoor and outdoor 800 races this season.
Top three finishers in each of Saturday’s individual events and the winning relay teams were as follows:
1 Thomas Lang, Duke: 229-1 (69.83m)
2 Houston Summers, UNC: 214-0 (65.22m)
3 Ethan Shalway, Pitt: 212-5 (64.74m)
Men’s Triple Jump
1 Ryan Satchell, Virginia: 51-0 (15.54m)
2 John Patric Friday, Miami: 50-4 (14.35m)
3 Derek Holland, Maryland : 49-7 ¾ (15.13m)
Women’s Triple Jump
1 Dallas Rose, Virginia: 42-4 ¼ (12.91m)
2 Julienne McKee, Georgia Tech: 42-0 ¾ (12.82)
3 Mimi Land, Clemson: 41-8 ¾ (12.72)
Women’s High Jump
1 Amina Smith, Maryland: 6-1 ½ (1.87m)
T2 Mimi Land Clemson: 5-11 ¼ (1.81m)
T2 Thea LaFond, Maryland: 5-11 ¼ (1.81m)
1 Filip Mihaljevic, Virginia: 181-8 (55.38m)
2 Isaiah Simmons, Miami: 178-11 (54.53)
3 Nathaniel Williams, NC State: 178-9 (54.48]
1 Kellion Knibb, Florida State: 177-0 (53.94m)
2 Haley Springman, Pitt: 166-8 (50.08m)
3 Sequoia Watkins, NC State: 165-2 (50.60m)
Men’s Pole Vault
1 Stefan Munz, Virginia Tech: 17-10 ½ (5.45m)
2 Torben Laidig, Virginia Tech: 5.25m
3 Nikita Krilov, Georgia Tech: 16-10 ¾ (5.15m)
Women’s 4x100 Relay
1 Miami: 45:06 (Kayann Richards, Alyssa McClure, Jasmyne King, Shakima Wimbley)
Men’s 4x100 Relay
1 Florida State: 40.19 (John Franklin III, Dentarius Locke, Jalen Ramsey, James Harris)
1 Haley Meier, Duke: 4:30.33
2 Elizabeth Whelan, UNC: 4:31.10
3 Shannon Morton, Virginia Tech: 4:32.74
1 Grant Pollock, Virginia Tech: 3:50.34
2 Graham Crawford, NC State: 3:50.74
3 Nick Happe, Notre Dame: 3:50.83
Women’s 100m Hurdles
1 Jade Barber, Notre Dame 12.98
2 Alexis Perry, NC State 13.24
3 Anne Zagre, Florida State 13.30
Men’s 110m Hurdles
1 Donald Pollitt, Syracuse: 13.81
2 Freddie Crittenden, Syracuse: 13.94
3 Roy Smith, North Carolina 13.98
Women’s 400 Meters
1 Jordan Lavender, Virginia: 52.48
2 Malena Wesh, Clemson: 52.91
3 Michelle Brown, Notre Dame: 53.01
Men’s 400 Meters
1 Brycen Spratling, Pitt: 45.49
2 Ceo Ways, North Carolina: 45.93
3 Payton Hazzard, Virginia: 46.44
Women’s 100 Meters
1 Alyssa McClure, Miami: 11.62
2 Shaina Harrison, Syracuse: 11.64
3 Paisley Simmons, NC State: 11.72
Men’s 100 Meters
1 Dentarius Locke, Florida State: 10:16
2 Tadashi Pinder, Virginia Tech: 10:36
3 Carvin Nkanata, Pitt: 10:39
Women’s 800 Meters
1 Amanda Smith, Virginia Tech: 2:04.45
2 Vanessa Fabrizio, Virginia: 2:04.77
3 Thandi Stewart, Miami: 2:05.20
Men’s 800 Meters
1 Otniel Teixeira, Florida State: 1:51.39
2 Brandon Lasater, Georgia Tech: 1:51.59
3 Kyle Graves, Wake Forest: 1:51.80
Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles
1 Jamika Glades, Miami: 57.70
2 Kaila Barber, Notre Dame: 58.42
3 Lisa Meneau, Maryland: 58.66
Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
1 Rilwan Alowonle, North Carolina: 50.23
2 Javonte Lipsey, North Carolina: 50.65
3 Aaron Buchanon, Notre Dame: 51.59
Women’s 200 Meters
1 Shakima Wimbley, Miami: 23.12
2 Jordan Lavender, Virginia: 23.42
3 Margaret Bambose, Notre Dame: 23.56
Men’s 200 Meters
1 Carvin Nkanata, Pitt: 20.47
2 Ceo Ways, North Carolina: 20.53
3 Dentarius Locke: 20.75
Women’s 5000 Meters
1 Sarah Rapp, Virginia Tech: 16:12.47
2 Juliet Bottorff, Duke: 16:15.82
3 Margo Malone, Syracuse: 16:18.53
Men’s 5000 Meters
1 Nick Happe, Notre Dame: 14:01.15
2. Martin Hehir, Syracuse: 14:01.82
3. Michael Clevenger, Notre Dame: 14:02.19
Women’s 4x400 Relay
1 Notre Dame: 3:33.70 (Jade Barber, Michelle Brown, Amber Lalla, Margaret Bamgbose)
Men’s 4x400 Relay
1 North Carolina: 3:05.89 (Rilwan Alwonle, Kwame Donyinah, Javonte Lipsey, Ceo Ways)
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MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS
1 Florida State 113
2 North Carolina 110
3 Notre Dame 88
4 Duke 81
5 Virginia Tech 78
6 Syracuse 72
7 Pitt 58
8 Virginia 53
9 Miami 44
10 NC State 32
11 Clemson 31
12 Georgia Tech 22
13 Wake Forest 21
14 Maryland 14
15 Boston College dns
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS
1 Florida State 111
2 Notre Dame 96
3 Miami 94
4 Duke 77
5 NC State 73
6 Virginia Tech 69
7 Virginia 60
8 North Carolina 55
9 Clemson 43
10 Maryland 40
11 Syracuse 36
12 Wake Forest 23
13 Pitt 19
14 Georgia Tech 15
15 Boston College 5