ACC Indoor Track & Field; VT Men, Clemson Women Stand Tall

Feb. 26, 2011

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Rector Field House provided a history-making stage for the Virginia Tech men and a rousing encore for the Clemson women.

The two programs stood tall as team winners at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

The Virginia Tech men not only captured their first ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship in seven years as members of the conference, they became the first men's host team to win the event since Maryland prevailed at College Park in 1979.

The Clemson women won their second straight ACC championship and their third overall. Coach Lawrence Johnson's team followed much the same formula as in 2010 by seizing control on Friday and staying comfortably ahead of the field throughout the final day.

Virginia Tech led the men's field with 140 points. Florida State, which had led the field in each of the eight previous Championships, was second with 98. NC State place third place with 83.5.

Florida State junior sprinter Maurice Mitchell was named the men's MVP for the running events, while Clemson senior Alex Padgett earned field events MVP.

Clemson's 152 team points set the pace for the women's field, followed by Florida State with 100 and North Carolina at 69. Virginia Tech placed fourth with 65.5, a half-point ahead of fifth-place Miami.

Tiger sophomore Stormy Kendrick was named the women's MVP of the running events, while Clemson senior April Sinkler took honors in the field events.

As has been the case in recent years, defending men's champion Florida State made a strong push with stellar showings in several running events. The Seminoles actually pulled ahead briefly on Saturday. But the Hokies met the challenge with medal performances in a number of key events, particularly the pole vault competition. Virginia Tech's final 42-point margin of victory wound up the largest since 2008, when Florida State led its nearest competition by 50 ½ points. The Hokies' 140 team points were most scored in the meet since FSU's 160.5 in 2006.

Coach Dave Cianelli's Virginia Tech men, who held a 19-point lead on Florida State entering Saturday's competition, wasted little time in adding to their cushion.

The Hokies' Michael Hammond successfully defended his conference title in the men's mile run. Hammond posted a winning time of 4:07,47 to prevail in an air-tight race that saw silver medalist Ryan McDermott of Duke check in at 4:07,56 and bronze medalist Brett Johnson of Virginia at 4:07.93.

Miami broke into the scoring column for the first time in the men's 60-meter hurdles, thanks to a winning time of 7.76 by junior Devon Hill. The time was two-tenths of a second faster than the gold medal time Hill posted in winning last year.

The closest race of the Championship came in the men's 60-meter dash which saw Florida State's Mitchell defend his 2010 title with a run of 6.62 - and edging N.C. State's T.J. Graham by four one-thousandths of a second.

The 400 meter dash also saw a repeat winner from 2010, as North Carolina sophomore Clayton Parris posted a first-place time of 47.14. Virginia freshman Anthony Kostelac grabbed the gold medal in the men's 800 meter run, leading the field with a time of 1:49.24.

Mitchell and Graham engaged in another tight race in the 200-meter dash, with Mitchell again prevailing with a time of 20.76, and Graham earning the silver at 20.79. NC State sophomore Ryan Hill claimed the men's 3,0000-meter run with a time of 8:03.57.

Florida State moved ahead of Virginia Tech in the team scoring at the conclusion of the shot put, as junior Michael Putman's winning throw of 58-1 ¼ provided the Seminoles with 10 points and an 89-87 edge in the overall points standings.

But FSU's lead proved short-lived as Virginia Tech took four of the top five spots in the next event to be scored - the men's pole vault. Gold medalist Stephan Munz led the group with a gold-medal vault of 17-9 (5.41 m), pushing the Hokies to a 23-point lead in the standings.

The pole vault blitz proved similar to Friday's men's weight throw, which saw Virginia Tech claim the top three spots in that event. Interestingly, Saturday's event was the first official Virginia Tech competition ever for Munz, a sophomore transfer student from Germany.

Virginia's Marcus Robinson won the long jump with a distance of 52-8, but Virginia Tech maintained control of the scoring as junior Hasheem Halim claimed the silver medal and sophomore David Wilson took the bronze.

The meet concluded with the men's 1600 relay, and Clemson's Justin Murdock, Miller Moss, Jordan Rispress and La'Mont Jackson set the winning pace of 3:10.47.

Florida State sophomore Amanda Winslow captured the first running event of Saturday's women's session, racing to the gold medal in the mile run with a time of 4:40.49. Winslow edged Duke senior Kate Van Buskirk by less than two-tenths of a second.

Clemson then began adding to its lead in the women's team scoring as sophomore Jasmine Edgerson posted a first-place time of 8.17 in the 60-meter hurdles and teammate Bridgette Owens claimed the silver medal.

The Tigers were also victorious in the women's 400-meter dash, as sophomore Marlena Wesh's time of 53.10 led the field. Clemson also dominated the 60-meter dash, as Kendrick led with a time of 7.28 and Edgerson captured the silver medal.

Boston College captured its first gold medal in the women's 800 meters, as junior Caroline King placed first with a time of 2:06.28. With King's victory, the Eagles secured first-place points in the event for the third straight year.

Miami's Tarika Williams placed first in a competitive women's 200-meter field, edging Clemson's Kendrick and Wesh to claim the gold with a run of 23.27.

After setting the ACC record in the women's triple jump in 2010, Florida State's Kimberly Williams successfully defended her title with an NCAA qualifying distance of 45-9 ¾. It was the second gold medal of this year's meet for Williams, who won the long jump on Friday. Williams also became the first woman to capture the event of her four years as an ACC competitor.

The host Hokies claimed the women's shot put, thanks to freshman Samira Burkhardt's throw of 52-1 ¼ (15.88 m) on her sixth attempt.

An ACC Championship record fell in the women's 3,000-meter run, which saw Wake Forest senior Anna Nosenko take the gold medal with an NCAA qualifying time of 9:12.02. It was the second gold medal of this year's Championship for Nosenko, who captured the women's 5,000-meter championship on Friday.

Clemson put an exclamation point on its Championship with a winning effort in the1600 relay. The Tigers posted a winning time of 3:37.26 , with Kendrick's strong kick on the final leg providing the difference.

For complete results of the 2011 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship, please visit the ACC's official championship website: http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-itf-livestats.html

Please see below for final team scores and the All-ACC finishers in each of this year's events.

Men's Team Scoring
1. Virginia Tech 140
2. Florida State 98
3. NC State 83.5
4. Virginia 77
5. Clemson 73
6. North Carolina 67.5
7. Duke 47
8, Maryland 22
9. Wake Forest 20
10. Miami 17
11. Georgia Tech 12
12. Boston College 2

Women's Team Scoring
1. Clemson 152
2. Florida State 100
3. North Carolina 69
4. Virginia Tech 69.5
5. Miami 65
t-6. Duke 45
t-6. Virginia 45
8. NC State 31
9. Maryland 28
10. Boston College 23
11. Wake Forest 20
12. Georgia Tech 19

Top-Three Finishers (All-ACC)

Men's Heptathlon
1. Miller Moss, Sr., Clemson 5,881 - !^%
2. Curtis Beach, So., Duke 5,816 - !
3. Mateo Sossah, Sr., North Carolina 5,674 - !

Men's High Jump
1. Dwight Barbiasz, Jr., Maryland 7-2 ¼ (2.19 m)
2. Jon Hill, So., Maryland 7-0 ½ (2.15 m)
t3. Kris Kornegay-Gober, So., NC State 6-10 ¾ (2.10 m)
t3. Ronnie Black, Virginia Tech, So., 6-10 ¾ (2.10 m)

Men's Long Jump
1. Ngonidzashe Makusha, Jr., Florida State 26-9 (8.15 m) - !
2. Madanha Chibudu, Sr., Florida State 24-9 ¼ (7.55 m)
3. Jeff Artis-Gray, So., Virginia Tech 24-9 (7.54 m)

Men's Weight Throw
1. Alexander Ziegler, So., Virginia Tech 70-4 ½ (21.45 m)
2. Marcel Lomnicky, Jr., Virginia Tech 69-0 (21.03 m)
3. Denis Mahmic, So., Virginia Tech 65-4 (19.91)

Men's Shot Put
1. Michael Putman, Jr., Florida State 58-1 ¼ (17.71 m)
2. Mike Schallmo, Sr., Duke 56-8 ½ (17.28m)
3. Alex Padgett, Sr., Clemson 56-7 ¼ (17.25 m)

Men's Pole Vault
1. Stephan Munz, So., Virginia Tech 17-9 (5.41 m)
2. Parker Smith, Sr., North Carolina 17-7 (5.36 m)
3. Hunter Hall, Sr., Virginia Tech 17-3 (5.26 m)

Men's Triple Jump
1. Marcus Robinson, Jr., Virginia 52-8 (16.05 m)
2. Hashim Halim, Jr., Virginia Tech 51-10 (15.80 m)
3. David Wilson, So., Virginia Tech 51-9 ¼ (15.78 m)

Men's 5000 Meter Run
1. Ryan Collins, Jr., Virginia 14:07.68
2. Andrew Colley, Fr., NC State 14:09.12
3. Michael Fout, So., Florida State 14:09.15

Men's Distance Medley Relay (First-place finisher All-ACC)
1. NC State (Adam Henken, Sr.; Miles Walker, Jr.; Gregory Dame, Jr.; Ryan Hill, So.)

Men's Mile Run
1. Michael Hammond, Jr., Virginia Tech 4:07.47
2. Ryan McDermott, Sr., Duke 4:07.56
3. Brett Johnson, So., Virginia 4:07.93

Men's 60 Meter Hurdles
1. Devon Hill, Jr., Miami 7.76
2. Adams Abdulrazaaq, Virginia 7.83
3. Spencer Adams, So., Clemson 7.94

Men's 400 Meter Dash
1. Clayton Parros, So., North Carolina 47.14
2. Brandon O'Connor, So., Florida State 47.39
3. Kevin Anding, Jr. Virginia 47.46

Men's 60 Meter Dash
1. Maurice Mitchell, Jr., Florida State 6.62
2. T.J. Graham, So., NC State 6.62
3. Kemar Hyman, Jr., Florida State 6.71

Men's 800 Meter Run
1. Anthony Kostelac, Fr., Virginia 1:49.24
2. Chris Slate, Jr., Clemson 1:51.01
3. Nick McLaughlin, Virginia Tech 1:51.11

Men's 200 Meter Dash
1. Maurice Mitchell, Jr., Florida State - !
2. T.J. Graham, So., NC State - !
3. Brandon Byram, Sr., Florida State 21.02

Men's 3000 Meter Run
1. Ryan Hill, So., NC State 8:03.57
2. William Mulherin, Jr., Virginia Tech 8:04.59
3. Andrew Colley, Fr., NC State 8:05.52

Men's 1600 Relay (First-place finisher All-ACC)
1. Clemson (Justin Murdock, Jr.; Miller Moss, Sr.; Jordan Rispress, So.; La'Mont Jackson, So.)

Women's Pentathlon
1. Kiani Profit, Sr., Maryland 4,250 (!)
2. Ariel Roberts, So., North Carolina 3,916
3. Whitney Fountain, Fr., Clemson 3,798

Women's Weight Throw
1. Brittney Waller, So., Clemson 64-8 ½ (19.72 m)
2. Dorotea Habazin, Sr., Virginia Tech 64-8 ½ (91.72)
3. Miranda Wilson, Jr., Miami 63-4 ¾ (19.32 m)

Women's Long Jump
1. Kimberly Williams, Sr., Florida State 21-6 (6.55 m) - !
2. April Sinkler, Sr., Clemson 21-1 ½ (6.44 m) - !
3. Amy Harris, Jr., Florida State 21-1 ¼ (6.43 m) - !

Women's Pole Vault
1. Kelly Phillips, Sr., Virginia Tech 13-11 ¼ (4.25 m)
2. Amy Fryt, Sr., Duke 13-7 ¼ (4.15 m)
3. Merritt Van Meter, Fr., North Carolina 13-3 ½ (4.05 m)

Women's High Jump
1. Patience Coleman, Sr., North Carolina 5-11 ½ (1.82 m)
2. April Sinkler, Sr., Clemson 5-10 ½ (1.79 m)
3. Ariel Roberts, So., North Carolina 5-8 ¾ (1.75 m)

Women's Shot Put
1. Samira Burkhardt. Fr., Virginia Tech 52-1 ¼ (15.88 m)
2. Lawanda Henry, Jr., NC State 51-2 ¾ (15.61 m)
3. Kyla Buckley, Fr., Miami 50-5 ½ (15.38 m)

Women's Triple Jump
1. Kimberly Williams, Sr., Florida State 45-9 ¾ (13.96 m) - !
2. Michelle Jenije, Jr., Florida State 43-2 ¼ (13.16 m)
3. April Sinkler, Sr.. Clemson 42-11 ¾ (13.10 m)

Women's 5000 Meter Run
1. Anna Nosenko, Sr., Wake Forest 16:09.64
2. Juliet Bottorf, So., Duke 16.10.38
3. Kimberly Ruck, Jr., Clemson 16:40,78

Women's Distance Medley Relay (First-place finisher All-ACC)
1. Virginia 11:14.15 (Morgane Gay, So.; Vanessa Fabrizio, Fr.; Lyndsay Harper, Sr.; Stephanie Garcia, Sr.)

Women's Mile Run
1. Amanda Winslow, So., Florida State 4:40.34
2. Kate Van Buskirk, Sr., Duke 4:40.49
3. Ashley Verplank, So., North Carolina 4;43.21

Women's 60 Meter Hurdles
1. Jasmine Edgerson, So., Clemson 8.17
2. Bridgette Owens, Fr., Clemson 8.21
3. LaToya James, Sr., North Carolina 8.29

Women's 400 Meter Dash
1. Marlena Wesh, So., Clemson 53.10
2. Ti'erra Brown, Sr., Miami 53.25
3. Asia Washington, Sr., Virginia Tech 53.75

Women's 60 Meter Dash
1. Stormy Kendrick, So., Clemson 7.28
2. Jasmine Edgerson, So. Clemson 7.33
3. Marecia Pemberton, Fr., Florida State 7.35

Women's 800 Meter Run
1. Caroline King, Jr., Boston College 2:06.28
2. Tasha Stanley, Jr., North Carolina 2:06.46
3. Devotia Moore, Sr., Duke 2:07.51

Women's 200 Meter Dash
1. Tarika Williams, Jr., Miami
2. Stormy Kendrick, So., Clemson 23.29
3. Marlena Wesh, So., Clemson 23.47

Women's 3000 Meter Run
1. Anna Nosenko, Sr., Wake Forest 9:12.02 - !^
2. Stephanie Garcia, Sr., Virginia 9:19.44
3. Kimberly Ruck, Jr. 9:21.34

Women's 1600 Relay (First-place finisher All-ACC)
1. Clemson 3:37.26 (Monica Wesh, So.; Brianna Rollins, So.; Sonni Austin, So.; Stormy Kendrick, So.)

! - NCAA Automatic Qualifier
^ - ACC Championship record
% - Rector Field House record