Florida State Men, Clemson Women Claim 2015 #ACCOTF Titles


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FLORIDA STATE MEN, CLEMSON WOMEN CLAIM TITLES (9:25 p.m.)

The 2015 Outdoor Track and Field Championship concluded on Saturday evening with the Florida State men and Clemson women claiming team titles.

The Florida State men led the team scoring with 136 points, followed by Virginia with 100 and Virginia Tech at 98. Clemson was fourth with 89 points, followed by North Carolina 67, Syracuse 51, Louisville 40, Notre Dame 37, Pitt 37, Miami 36, NC State 33, Georgia Tech 22 and Wake Forest 18.

The Clemson women led with 113.5 points. Florida State was next at 94.5, and Miami took third with 93 points. North Carolina was fourth at 78.5, followed by Notre Dame 72, Louisville 61, NC State 59, Duke 51, Virginia 48, Syracuse 33, Virginia Tech 32, Wake Forest 31, Pitt 21, Boston College 19 and Georgia Tech 11.

Florida State claimed its 11th ACC men’s outdoor title and the ninth under head coach Bob Braman. Clemson won the ACC women’s outdoor championship for the fifth time in the last six years and the first time under second-year head coach Mark Elliott. The Tigers have won seven women’s outdoor titles overall.

Clemson also claimed the ACC Women’s Indoor Championship this past winter at Blacksburg, Virginia.

Clemson’s Tevin Hester earned the ACC men’s Most Valuable Track performer honor, while Miami sophomore Shakima Wimbley grabbed the women’s Most Valuable Track performer award.

Virginia sophomore Jordan Young was named the men’s Most Valuable Field Performer, while women’s Most Valuable Field Performer honors went to Louisville sophomore Emmonnie Henderson.

Clemson’s Hester claimed both the men’s 100 and 200 meter gold medals, setting an ACC championship record in the latter event. Miami’s Wimbley set ACC overall, ACC championship and facility records in both the women’s 400 and 200 meters.

Young did not claim a gold medal, but took silver medals in both the hammer and discus, and a bronze medal in the shot put. Competing in her first ACC Championship, Louisville’s Henderson took gold medals in both the women’s shot and the discus.

BROKEN RECORDS (9:01 p.m.)

The following new marks were set during the 2015 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships:

Women’s javelin: Irena Sediva, Virginia Tech – 58.66m (192.05); ACC overall, ACC Championship and Mike Long Track record
Women’s heptathlon: Xenia Rahn, North Carolina – 6,057 points; ACC overall, ACC Championship and Mike Long Track record
Women’s 10,000 meters: Margo Malone, Syracuse – 33:33.69; Mike Long Track record
Men’s Steeplechase: Edwin Kibichy, Louisville – 8:33.78; ACC Championship record
Women’s Steeplechase: Iona Lake, Virginia – 10:08.31; Mike Long Track Record
Women’s 400 meters: Shakima Wimbley, Miami – 50.84; ACC overall, ACC Championship, Mike Long Track record (tied)
Women’s 100 meters: Sabria Hadley, Clemson – 11:28; ACC overall, ACC Championship
Women’s 200 meters: Shakima Wimbley, Miami – 22.43; ACC overall, ACC Championship, Mike Long Track record
Men’s 200 meters: Tevin Hester, Clemson – 20.18; ACC Championship
Women’s 4x400: Notre Dame (Parker English, Amber Lalla, Jordan Shead and Margaret Bamgbose) – 3:31.17; ACC Championship

MEN’S 4x400 (9:00 p.m.)

North Carolina closed out the men’s slate of the 2015 ACC Track and Field Championship with a gold medal finish in the 4x400.

The team of Rilwan Alowonle, Javonte Lipsey, Kenny Selmon and Ceo Ways posted a first-place time of 3:04.55. Clemson took the silver medal, and Pitt claimed the bronze.

Florida State’s men led the team scoring and secured their third straight team title. The top three team finishers through all events: 1. Florida State (136); 2. Virginia (100); Virginia Tech (98).

WOMEN’S 4x400 (8:49 p.m.)

In the final women’s event of the night, Notre Dame put one more ACC Championship record in the books.

The Fighting Irish’s 4x400 team of Parker English, Amber Lalla, Jordan Shead and Margaret Bamgbose put up a gold medal time of 3:31.37  that broke Florida State’s meet record that had stood for eight years.

Duke took the silver medal, and Miami used a strong kick by anchor Shakima Wimbley to claim the bronze.

Clemson’s women placed fourth in the event and secured their fifth ACC women’s outdoor team title in six years in the final team scoring. Top three teams: 1.Clemson  (1 13.5); 2. Florida State (94.5); 3. Miami 93.

MEN’S 5,000 METERS (8:20 p.m.)

Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin and Syracuse’s Martin Hehir staged another one of their patented battles, and Curtin had just a bit more at the finish.

Curtin pushed hard down the stretch to take the gold medal with a time of 13:59.33, holding off Hehir by less than a second. NC State’s Jacob Thomson took the bronze medal.

Florida State has clinched first place in the teams standing with just one event remaining.

WOMEN’S 5,000 METERS (8:03 p.m.)

Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel continued to make her mark as one of the ACC’s top distance runners, claiming the women’s 5,000 meters with a gold medal time of 16:07.87.

NC State’s Erika Kemp took the silver medal, and Syracuse’s Jessie Peterson placed third.

After 20 of 21 events, Clemson appears to be closing in on the women’s team championship. The top three teams in the women’s scoring are as follows: 1. Clemson (108.5); 2. Florida State (92.5); 3. Miami (87).

MEN’S 200 (7:40 p.m.)

Clemson’s Tevin Hester and Florida State’s Kendal Hester waged another high speed duel, with Hester again prevailing in record-setting fashion.

Hester took the 200 meters with a time of 20.18, setting an overall ACC and Mike Long Track record and edging Williams by .08. North Carolina’s Ceo Ways took the bronze medal.

After 19 of 21 events, the top three teams in the men’s scoring are as follows: 1. Florida State (129); 2. Virginia (91); 3. Virginia Tech (88).

WOMEN’S 200 (7:25 p.m.)

Shakima Wimbley struck again in the women’s 200.

Just a little over an hour after setting a slew of records in the women’s 400, the Miami sophomore topped herself in the 200 race with a time of 22.43 that set a new ACC overall record, a Mike Long Track facility record and a Miami school record.

Wimbley’s time ranks second in the NCAA this season, one-10th off the leading time.

Clemson’s Sabria Hadley took the silver medal, and Florida State’s Kala Funderburk collected the bronze.

After 19 of 21 events, the top three teams in the women’s scoring are as follows: 1. Clemson (108.5); 2. Florida State (92.5); 3. Miami (87)

MEN’S 400 HURDLES (7:15 p.m.)

Pitt’s Desmond Palmer outraced three North Carolina sprinters on the final stretch to claim the gold medal in the men’s 400 hurdles.

Palmer placed first with a time of 49.41. UNC’s Kenny Selmon placed second, Javonte Lipsey third and Rilwan Alowonle fourth.

After 18 of 21 events, the top three teams in the men’s scoring are as follows: 1. Florida State (121); 2. Virginia (88); 3. Virginia Tech (86).

MEN’S DISCUS (7:09 p.m.)

It doesn’t get much closer than it did in the men’s discus final – and the Virginia Cavaliers found themselves in a “win-win.”

Filip Mihaljevic successfully defended his ACC title with a throw of 60.57m (198-8 ) – one centimeter ahead of teammate Jordan Young. Virginia Tech’s Marek Barta placed third. 

Mihaljevic claimed the gold medal in both the discus and the shot at this year’s Championship.

WOMEN’S 400 HURDLES (7:05 p.m.)

The women’s team scoring tightened just a little, as Florida State’s Sage Watson brought home the gold in the 400-meter hurdles.

Watson led the field with a time of 56.68. Pitt junior Evann Thompson took the silver medal, while Clemson senior Samantha Elliott earned the bronze.

Women’s top three in team scoring through 18 of 21 events: 1. Clemson (95.5); 2. Florida State (85.5); 3. Miami’s 77.

WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP (7:01 p.m.)

Talk-about near perfection.

Clemson’s women charged into first place in the team scoring with the help of a strong showing in the running events, but a the real catalyst for the Tigers came in the triple jump, where they swept all three medals.

Sophomore Iana Amsterdam claimed the gold at 13.10m (42-11¾), while freshman teammate Anasterasia Terrell took the silver, and senior Whitney Fountain was the bronze medalist.

MEN’S POLE VAULT (7:01 p.m.)

Virginia Tech sophomore Brad Johnson took the gold medal in the pole vault with a first-place mark of 5.17 meters (16-11 ½). He placed ahead of Duke’s Connor Hall and Hokies teammate Jared Allison, who both posted a top mark of 5.07m (16-7½ ). Hall took the silver medal on jump progressions.

MEN’S 800 (6:55 p.m.)

Virginia Tech sophomore Patrick Joseph picked up the gold medal in the men’s 800, posting a first-place time of 1:48.44 to hold off a pair of Florida State runners.

Florida State juniors Jake Burton and Otniel Teixeira claimed the silver and bronze medal, respectively, as the Seminoles padded their overall team lead.

Men’s top three in team scoring through 15 of 21 events: 1. Florida State  (112); 2. Virginia (69); 3. Clemson 63.

WOMEN’S 800 (6:48 p.m.)

How is strong is the women’s 800 field in the women’s ACC this season? Consider that Clemson’s Natoya Goule set a conference record with her gold medal and NCAA-leading time of 2:01.32 on Saturday night – and the race came down to a photo finish.

Silver medalist Hanna Green of Virginia Tech pushed Goule stride for stride down the stretch and finished just behind at 2:01.72. It was a reversal of the ACC Indoor Championship, which saw Green narrowly edge Goule in a tight race. North Carolina’s Elizabeth Whelan took the bronze medal.

Women’s top three in team scoring through 16 of 21 events: 1. Clemson (89.5); 2. Florida State (75.5); 3. North Carolina (70.5).

MEN’S 100 (6:38 p.m.)

In a blistering fast men’s 100, Clemson junior Tevin Hester emerged the winner with a time of 9.87.

Hester’s time did not officially go down as an NCAA, ACC overall and championship record because it was a wind-aided mark (+2.1), just ahead of the legal wind reading of 2.0. But it still made for a thrilling race – particularly with Florida State freshman Kendal Williams also posted a sub-10 second time of 9.98. The Seminoles also claimed the bronze medal as Trentavis Friday finished third.

Men’s top three in team scoring through 14 of 21 events: 1. Florida State (98); 2. Virginia (67); 3. Clemson (63).

WOMEN’S 100 (6:25 p.m.)

Another ACC record fell on Saturday evening as Clemson freshman Sabria Hadley raced to a women’s 100-meter gold medal finish in 11.28.

Hadley broke the previous conference overall and meet record of 11.29 set by the Tigers’ Dezrea Bryant in 2012. Hadley placed ahead of Syracuse’s Shaina Harrison and Clemson teammate Myasia Jacobs.

Women’s top three in team scoring through 15 of 21 events: 1. Florida State (71.5); 2. Miami (66); North Carolina (64.5).

MEN’S 400 (6:15 p.m.)

Florida State sophomore Michael Cherry delivered another crowd-pleasing victory to the home crowd, taking the gold medal in the men’s 400 with a time of 45.43.

Cherry placed ahead of silver medalist Christopher Giesting of Notre Dame and bronze medalist Jeffrey Green of Clemson.

Men’s top three team scoring through 13 of 21 events: 1. Florida State (81); 2. Virginia (67); 3. Clemson (53).

WOMEN’S 400 (6:08 p.m.)

Shakima Wimbley has made a habit of shattering records during her two years at Miami, and the Hurricane sophomore did so again Saturday evening.

Running in a race filled with fellow national contenders and All-Americans, Wimbley raced to the gold medal in the women’s 400 in a time of 50.84 that set a new ACC overall record and tied the Mike Long Track facility record.

Notre Dame’s Margaret Bamgbose took the silver medal and Florida State’s Kala Funderburk the bronze.

Women’s top three in team scoring through 14 of 21 events: 1. Florida State (67.5); 2. Miami (66); 3. North Carolina (64.5).

MEN’S 110 HURDLES (5:47 p.m.) 

Clemson senior Justin Johnson sprinted to a gold medal in the men’s 110n hurdles, posted a first-place time of 13.62 to fend off Miami’s Artie Burns and Syracuse’s Freddie Crittenden.

Men’s top three team scoring through 12 of 21 events: 1. Florida State (71); 2. Virginia (62); 3. Virginia Tech (42).

WOMEN’S 100 HURDLES (5:47 p.m.)

Notre Dame’s Jade Barber successfully defended her ACC title in 100 meter hurdles with a first-place time of 13.13.

Barber was followed by NC State’s Alexis Perry and Clemson’s Samantha Elliott in the top three.

Women’s top three in team scoring following 13 of 21 events: 1. North Carolina (64); 2. Florida State (61.5); 3. Miami (56).

MEN’S 1,500 (5:38 p.m.)

Syracuse freshman Justyn Knight raced to the first gold medal for the Orange men in this year’s Championship, posting a first-place time of 3:47.85 in the 1,500.

Virginia Tech’s Neil Gourley took the silver medal, followed by Virginia’s Mike Marsella.

Men’s top three in team scoring following 11 of 21 events: 1. Florida State (71); 2. Virginia (62); 3. Virginia Tech (42).

WOMEN’S 1,500 (5:28 p.m.) 

Florida State All-American Colleen Quigley met the challenge on her home track, running to a first-place time of 4:14.06 in the women’s 1,500.

Quigley outpaced silver medalist Amanda Smith of Virginia Tech and bronze medalist Annie LeHardy to add claim the gold.

Women’s top three in team scoring through 12 of 21 events: 1. North Carolina (62.5); 2. Florida State (56.5) ; 3. Louisville (52).

MEN’S 4x100 RELAY (5:10 p.m.)

Florida State’s fast finish trumped Clemson’s strong start as the host Seminoles raced to a gold medal in the men’s 4x100 relay.

Freshman Trentavis Friday anchored a 39.28 finish for the Seminoles, who also got strong showings form Jalen Ramsey, Cejhae Greene and Kendal Williams.

Men’s top three in team scoring after 10 of 21 events: 1. Florida State (71); 2. Virginia (56);  3. Duke (40).

WOMEN’S 4x100 RELAY (5:10 p.m.)

Saturday’s running events opened with the women’s 4x100 relay, and Clemson’s women made an immediate impression.

The team of Whitney Fountain, Deja Parrish, Sabria Hadley and Myasia Jacobs raced to a gold medal time of 43.85, placing nearly a full second ahead of second-place Virginia. Notre Dame claimed the bronze medal.

Women’s top three in team scoring after 11 of 21 events: 1. Louisville (52); 2. Miami (49);  3. North Carolina 47.5.

MEN’S TRIPLE  JUMP (3:59 p.m.)

After establishing himself as one of the nation’s premier triple jumpers throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons, Louisville junior Ben Williams didn’t disappoint on Saturday afternoon.

Williams’ mark of 16.30m (53-5¾) on his first attempt held up the remainder of the afternoon as he took home the gold medal. Florida State senior Jonathan Reid took the silver medal at 16.01m (52-6½), and Clemson senior Shai Carpenter the bronze at 15.95m (52-4).

With nine of 21 men’s events now completed, the top three in team scoring are as follows: 1. Florida State (61.0); 2. Virginia (56.0); 3. Duke (40).

WOMEN’S  HIGH JUMP (3:15 p.m.)

Wake Forest senior Nyki Caldwell made it a sweep of both the indoor and outdoor women’s high jump championships, taking the gold with a mark of 1.78 (5-10) on Saturday.

Caldwell won on jump progressions over silver medalist Dakota Dailey Harris off Miami. Duke junior Karli Johonnot was third at 1.75m (5-8¾).

With 10 of 21 women’s events now completed, the top three in team scoring are as follows: 1. Louisville (52.0); 2. North Carolina (47.0); 3. Miami (45).

WOMEN’S  DISCUS (3:06 p.m.)

Just as she did in Friday’s shot put competition, Louisville sophomore Emmonnie Henderson saved her best for last.

Henderson’s throw of 55.51m (182-1) on her final discus throw clinched her second gold medal of the Championship on Saturday afternoon. Unlike the shot put, in which she needed the final attempt to claim first place, Henderson already led the discus scoring at the time of her best throw. Still, the big throw on the final attempt was a nice closing touch.

Duke senior Erica Brand took the silver medal at 51.98m (170-6), while Louisville’s Dolly Nyemah took third place at 48.38m (158-9) to give the Cardinals  two of the three medalists.

WOMEN’S POLE VAULT (1:41 p.m.)

Duke’s Megan Clark didn’t quite match the mark of 4.50 she achieved earlier this season that ranks among the NCAA’s all-time best, but the Blue Devil junior was impressive nonetheless in claiming the gold medal on Saturday.

Clark took first place with an effort of 4.41m (14-5½). Miami junior Alysha Newman, who came in ranked 13th nationally, took the silver medal at 4.31m (14-1¾), and Georgia Tech senior Samantha Becker the bronze at 4.21m (13-9¾).

Top three in women’s team scoring through eight of 21 events: 1. North Carolina (42.5); 2. Florida State (38.5); 3. Louisville (35).

MEN’S JAVELIN THROW (12:02 p.m.)

Defending champion Thomas Lang of Duke made the most of his final throw with a gold medal heave of 70.62m (231-8) to conclude the first event on closing day of the 2015 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Virginia Tech sophomore Jaka Muhar took the silver medal at 69.72m (228-9). Pitt sophomore Ethan Shalaway also came up big on his final attempt to claim the bronze at 67.91m (222-9).

Top three in men’s team scoring through eight of 21 events: 1. Florida State (53); 2. Virginia (51); 3. Duke (40).

DAY THREE UNDERWAY (11 a.m.)

The final day of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Meet began this morning under sunny skies and 80 degree temperatures. The men’s javelin throw and women’s pole vault (postponed from Friday night) opened the schedule, which features finals in 28 total events – 14 each on the men’s and women’s side.

Virginia currently holds the men’s team lead with 48 points, followed by Florida State with 46 and Duke with 30.Louisville holds fourth place with 28 points, followed by Virginia Tech 23, Syracuse 18, NC State 17, North Carolina 17, Wake Forest 11, Clemson 10, Notre Dame 10, Miami 9, Pitt 5, and Georgia Tech 1.

North Carolina leads the women’s team scoring with 42 points, while Florida State hold second place with 36 and Louisville third with 32. Virginia is fourth with 26, followed by Miami 24, Notre Dame 17, Boston College 15, NC State 15, Syracuse 14, Wake Forest 13, Virginia Tech 13, Duke 11, Pitt 9, Clemson 5, and Georgia Tech 1.