Florida State Men, Clemson Women Lead After Day Two of ACC Track & Field Championships

April 16, 2010


CLEMSON, S.C.--Day two of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships from the Rock Norman Track Complex on the Clemson University campus in Clemson, S.C. concluded with the Florida State men's team and Clemson women's team holding leads. Six records saw their demise on the second day, including league, championship, and track heptathlon marks that were broken by Clemson junior Liane Weber.

Florida State (41) holds a slim three-point advantage over North Carolina (38) on the men's side, with Virginia closely trailing in third place with 37 points. Duke (30), Wake Forest (29), Georgia Tech (22), Virginia Tech and Clemson (21), NC State (20), Maryland (11), Boston College (4), and Miami (2) round out the men's team scores.

Clemson holds a wide lead in the women's standings with 65 points, followed by Florida State in second place with 38 points and Virginia in third place with 34 points. Duke (26), Georgia Tech and NC State (21), Maryland (18), North Carolina (15), Miami (11), Wake Forest (10), Boston College (9), and Virginia Tech (5) finish the order.

After leading the heptathlon through the first day and first four events, Weber won the final three events, totaling 5,928 points, to secure the title. Weber posted five heptathlon event wins, including second-day victories in the long jump (19.2.50), javelin (153-10.00), and 800-meter run (2:19.78), and broke three records in the process.

Weber's 5,928 points broke Virginia Tech's Saskia Triesscheijn league record--set at the 2006 championship--5,833 points, as well as Virginia's Ann Bair's 1983 mark of 5,387.

Maryland junior Kiani Profit closely trailed Weber throughout most of the heptathlon and finished in second place with 5,686 points. Tiger senior Patricia Mamona accumulated 5,247 points to take third place.

The top-three finishers in the decathlon bested former Tiger Rick Hill's 2003 track record of 7,327. The field was led by North Carolina senior Mateo Sossah with 7,667 points. Sossah won his second straight decathlon and third since 2007, and became the fourth three-time champion in league history. Clemson senior Miller Moss led the competition after seven events, but ceded way to Sossah over the final three contests. Moss finished with 7,628 points and was followed by Tar Heel senior Daniel Keller with 7,378 tallies.

The men's shot put shaped up to end in much the same fashion as the discus throw, as Georgia Tech senior Steve Marcelle and Virginia Tech senior Igor Misljenovic each earned All-ACC status. Marcelle, who was the discus throw runner-up (180-8.00) yesterday, won his second consecutive shot put title, throwing the iron ball 62 feet, 5.25 inches. Florida State sophomore Michael Putman finished behind Marcelle with a mark of 59 feet, 2.25 inches, and discus throw champion Misljenovic placed third after a 58-foot, 9.25-inch throw.

A second consecutive shot put title was taken by NC State sophomore Lawanda Henry, whose 51-foot, 5.75-inch mark bested the field. Following Henry were Cavalier freshman Emily Vannoy (50-2.50) in second place and Florida State junior Allyn Laughlin (50-1.75) in third place.

Florida State junior Brandon Chibudu took top honors in the long jump with a leap of 24 feet, 11.75 inches. He was followed by teammate Marlon Woods, a senior, with a mark of 24 feet, 7.75 inches, and Clemson junior Josh Fowler, who jumped 23 feet, 10.25 inches.

Clemson junior April Sinkler captured the long jump title, leaping 21 feet, 0.75 inches to become just the second Tiger long jump champion in school history. Miami senior Deandra Doyley, who is the first Hurricane to collect all-conference honors since the school entered the conference prior to the 2005 outdoor season placed second after jumping 20 feet, 8.00 inches, and Seminole sophomore Amy Harris rounded out the top-three with a 20-foot, 5.25 mark.

Duke junior Ryan McDermott claimed his second straight 3,000-meter steeplechase crown in a time of 8:56.01. A Blue Devil has taken the event title a league record nine times. Following McDermott were Cavalier junior Stephen Finley in second place in 8:56.11 and Wolfpack senior John Martinez in third place in 8:56.22.

In the last event of the evening, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Seminole sophomore Jennifer Dunn broke a track record with a time of 10:26.03 to take first place. Duke junior Emily Schwitzer (10:31.49) and NC State junior Kara McKenna (10:31.92) followed in second and third place, respectively.

The third and final day of action begins tomorrow at 12 p.m. with the men's high jump and hammer throw and women's triple jump and pole vault, followed by the women's high jump and hammer throw and men's triple jump, pole vault, and 400-meter relay at 3 p.m. The finals of 19 running events will begin at 3:15 p.m.

Live coverage will be video-streamed via theACC.com beginning at 3 p.m. Jerry Massey will call the action. In addition, live results will be available on the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-otf-championship.html.

Other ACC men's and women's outdoor track & field information can be accessed at theACC.com.