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Clemson leads all schools with three 2014-15 major award recipients
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Atlantic Coast Conference women’s champion Clemson and men’s champion Virginia Tech each claimed two major ACC postseason Indoor Track and Field awards, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
Clemson senior sprinter Natoya Goule, fresh off a national title in the 800 meters with her record-setting performance at last weekend’s NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was selected as the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Year in a vote by the league’s head coaches. The Tigers’ Mark Elliott was selected as the ACC Women’s Coach of the Year.
ACC men’s triple jump champion Manuel Ziegler of Virginia Tech was voted the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Year, while the Hokies’ Dave Cianelli claimed ACC Men’s Coach of the Year honors.
Clemson took three major awards in all, as junior sprinter Tevin Hester received the nod as the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Year. Duke junior pole vaulter Megan Clark was voted the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year.
Florida State swept ACC Freshman of the Year honors, with Kendal Williams recognized on the men’s side and Chelsea Jarvis earning the women’s award.
Goule’s 2:01.64 time in last Saturday’s 800 women’s final set a new NCAA Championships meet record and topped her previous ACC record of 2:02.77, which she set a day earlier during the preliminary heat. The Bowerman Trophy candidate from Clarendon, Jamaica, registered the first 800 NCAA gold medal finish by a Clemson female and claimed her second national indoor title and third overall after winning two while at LSU in 2013.
Goule, who also helped the Tigers’ 4x400 relay team to a fourth-place NCAA finish, claimed a gold medal and two silvers during last month’s ACC Championships at Blacksburg, Virginia. She entered the NCAA Championships already holding the ACC record in the women’s 800 meters after posting a time of 202.78 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York on Jan. 31.
Clemson’s Hester was named the Co-Men’s Track MVP of the 2015 ACC Indoor Championships after his silver medal time of 6.56 in the 60 meters and a gold medal time of 20.84 the 200. The Oxford, North Carolina, junior followed up by earning first-team All-America honors in both events at the NCAAs with a seventh-place 60 meters time of 6.63 and a sixth-place time of 20.86 in the 200 finals.
Virginia Tech’s Ziegler was the only student-athlete to set an overall conference record during the ACC Championships with his gold-medal men’s triple jump of 16.61 meters (54-6). The effort topped the previous record of 16.57m (54-4.5) by NC State’s Mike Patton that had stood since 1998. Ziegler then posted a fourth-place finish in the NCAA finals to claim first-team All-America honors for the second time in his career. The Weiden, Germany, senior’s second jump proved to be his best as he posted a mark of 16.53 meters (54-2).
Duke’s Clark entered the ACC Championships ranked among the nation’s top women’s pole vaulters and lived up to her billing with a gold medal distance of 4.27 meters (14-0). The Fort Benning, Georgia, native was even better at the NCAA Championships, where her vault of 4.5 meters (14-9) earned a silver medal and tied the ACC all-time record. She became the first Duke women’s pole vaulter to finish second at an NCAA Championship since Olympic pole vaulter Jillian Schwartz took silver at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Florida State’s Williams proved an extraordinary freshman at the ACC Championships, where he earned a gold medal in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.56 – the top time nationally among freshmen - and grabbed bronze in the 200 meters in 21.15. The native of Jacksonville, Florida, qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 60 meters, where he ran a preliminary time of 6.62, which was ninth nationally.
The Seminoles’ Jarvis ran the leadoff leg of FSU’s NCAA Indoor Championships qualifying women’s distance medley relay (11:04.53) at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. The St. Helens, Merseyside, UK, freshman also set the school record in the 800-meter run (2:05.18) with a fifth-place finish at the ACC Championships. That time ranked No. 2 in the nation among all freshmen. She competed on both the ninth-place 4x400 relay and the 12th-place distance medley at the NCAA Championships.
Virginia Tech’s Cianelli was voted the ACC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for the third time and earned his ninth ACC coach of the year award overall. Cianelli’s squad led the men’s scoring at the ACC Championships with 101 points, 14.5 ahead of second-place Florida State. The Hokies earned a No. 7 ranking by the USTFCCA.
Elliott, in his second year as head coach, guided Clemson’s women to their fifth conference title in six years. The Tigers finished with 102 points at the ACC Championships, 21 ahead of second-place Florida State. Clemson went on to score 15 points at the NCAA Championships and place 12th in the teams standings. The Tigers were ranked 16th nationally by the USTFCCCA.
ACC Men’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year – Tevin Hester, Clemson
ACC Men’s Indoor Field Performer of the Year – Manuel Ziegler, Virginia Tech
ACC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year – Kendal Williams, Florida State
ACC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year – Dave Cianelli, Virginia Tech
ACC Women’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year – Natoya Goule, Clemson
ACC Women’s Indoor Field Performer of the Year – Megan Clark, Duke
ACC Women’s Indoor Freshman of the Year – Chelsea Jarvis, Florida State
ACC Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year – Mark Elliott, Clemson