Florida State Men and Clemson Women Win Crowns at ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships

April 17, 2010

CLEMSON, S.C.--The Florida State men waited until the final event to clinch the title and the Clemson women coasted to theirs at the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which ended today. The 2010 championships, which were hosted at Rock Norman Track on the Clemson University campus, marked at least a share of the men's championship for the Seminoles for the sixth straight year and eight times since 2002, and the first women's title for the Tigers since 1999.

Coincidentally, the 1999 championships were also held in Clemson, S.C.

Waiting until the final men's event of the day--the 4x400-meter relay--to claim the championship, the Seminoles tallied 138.50 points, narrowly edging Virginia Tech, which posted its best ACC finish since joining the conference prior to the 2005 season, by 8.50 points.

The Tiger women, who clinched a wire-to-wire victory, scored 177 points.

Virginia Tech senior Queen Harrison set ACC and track records in both the women's 100 and 400-meter hurdles. In the 100-meter event, her 12.44 clocking broke her own conference record set earlier this season and Clemson's Melissa Morrison's 1998 track record of 12.71, while her 400-meter hurdle time of 54.66 broke her own 2008 record by .03 seconds and Lashinda Demus' 2005 track record by .57 seconds.

Harrison's 400-meter hurdle championship is her third straight, as she becomes only the third individual in league history to claim three consecutive titles in the event. Her 100-meter hurdle title is her second straight, while she is the fourth consecutive Hokie to win the event, following senior Kristi Castlin, who placed second in 12.59 and won the crown in 2007 and 2008.

Miami senior Cory Nelms took the men's 110-meter hurdles crown, finishing in 13.82, and was followed by Cavalier junior Adams Abdulrazaaq (13.85), the 2009 champion in the event, and Tiger freshman Spencer Adams (13.88).

Adams also placed third in the men's 400-meter hurdles in 52.12, trailing champion Brent LaRue, a senior from Wake Forest. LaRue timed in at 50.85 and was the only Demon Deacon male to win a title.

Florida State sophomore Maurice Mitchell won both the men's 100 and 200-meter dashes in a championship record time of 10.11 and a track record time of 20.25, respectively. Mitchell's championship record time bested that of former Tiger Travis Padgett's 10.17 set in 2008, while his track record eclipsed Clemson's Shawn Crawford's 2000 record of 20.33.

Additionally, Mitchell's 200-meter championship is the fourth in a row for a Seminole, after Walter Dix in 2007 and Charles Clark in 2008 and 2009.

Hokie sophomore Keith Ricks also earned All-ACC honors in each event, coming in second in the 100-meter (10.39) and third in the 400-meter (20.86).

Not to be outdone in the 100-meter dash, Florida State freshman Marecia Pemberton broke her league own record, set earlier this season, with a 11.12 time on the clock on the women's side. Her mark topped her previous career-best of 11.20, and bested Seminole Tonya Carter's 10-year old championship mark of 11.31. Tiger freshman Stormy Kendrick (11.25) and Florida State junior Teona Rodgers (11.34) followed in second and third place, respectively.

Another championship record fell when Virginia Tech sophomore Marcel Lomnicky threw the hammer 235 feet, 7.00 inches, breaking the record held by former Hokie two-time NCAA champion Spyridon Jullien, set in 2005. Lomnicky's performance bested that of Jullien by two feet. With his championship, Virginia Tech tied North Carolina with a league-record four hammer throw titles, all of which have come since 2005.

Hokie senior Yavgeniy Olhovsky equaled Virginia Tech hammer throwers by becoming the fourth Hokie since 2005 to win the men's pole vault, as he won his second consecutive championship with a mark of 18 feet, 0.50 inches.

Three-time women's triple jump champion Kim Williams claimed her third straight title with a mark of 44-2.50 to become just the third three-time champion in Florida State history in any event. The junior, who was selected as the 2010 ACC Women's Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year last week, is the 32nd individual in conference history to win the same event at least three times.

Miami senior Deandra Doyley, who came in second in yesterday's women's long jump with a 20-foot, 8.00-inch mark, earned her second All-ACC accolade at this season's championship with a triple jump leap of 43 feet, 4.50 inches.

Men's triple jump champion Alphonso Jordan, a senior from Georgia Tech, set a championship record with a jump of 54 feet, 6.50 inches. His performance, which was his second consecutive title in the event and fourth straight for a Yellow Jacket, beat Florida State's Kelsey Nash's 1992 mark by one-half inch.

North Carolina junior Donte Nall took high jump honors for the second time after winning the title in 2008. His mark of six feet, 11.75 inches was followed by Florida State junior Andrew Bachelor's and NC State freshman Kris Komegay-Gober's marks of six feet, 10.25 inches. Bachelor claimed second place over Komegay-Gober, needing just one attempt to clear the next-highest height of six feet, 8.75 inches.

Duke junior Amy Fryt won the women's pole vault for the second consecutive season with a jump of 13 feet, 1.50 inches. Fryt's performance gives Duke four pole vault champions, which ties Florida State for a league record since 1998, when the event was added to the championship slate. Seminole sophomore Callie Giffin and Clemson juniors Amy Morrison and Caroline Kennedy tied with a mark of 12 feet, 9.50 inches. Giffin took second place, needing only two attempts to clear the height, while Morrison and Kennedy tied for third.

In the women's 1,500-meter run, Seminole senior Pilar McShine won her second straight championship in 4:31.38, becoming the seventh individual in ACC history to win the 1,5000-meter run at least twice in a row.

Cavaliers claimed the top two sports in the 800-meter run and first and third place in the men's 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Lance Roller clocked a 1:50.79 and freshman Robby Andrews turned in a 1:50.92 in the 800, while the 1,500 saw sophomore Sintayehu finish in 3:59.96 and senior Alex Bowman in 4:00.19.

The women's 800-meter run was won for the second year in a row by Tar Heel junior Dominique Jackson in 2:06.16, while Boston College sophomore Caroline King came in a close second at 2:06.19 and junior Caitlin Bailey followed at 2:06.81.

After winning the women's long jump title yesterday, Clemson junior April Sinkler won the high jump with a leap of five feet, 11.25 inches. Jumping the same distance were both Yellow Jacket sophomore Terri-Ann Grant and North Carolina junior Patience Coleman, the two-time defending champion in the event. Sinkler won the tiebreaker, as she used just one attempt at the height, while Grant and Coleman need two attempts and tied for second place.

Senior Alana Clooten won the first women's hammer throw title in Georgia Tech history since the event was added to the championship schedule in 1996. Her 188-foot, 6.00-inch throw bested the field, while Terrapin junior Kristen Batts (176-9.00) and Clemson freshman Brittney Waller (170-10.00) followed.

The Florida State men's 4x100-meter relay team, comprised of freshman David Ambler, Mitchell, and juniors Brandon Byram and Brandon Chibudu, paced the field in a time of 39.77. On the women's side, seniors Michaylin Golladay and Kristine Scott and freshmen Stormy Kendrick and Jasmine Edgerson won the event for the Tigers in 44.36.

Florida State junior Teona Rodgers broke a string of five consecutive Hurricanes to win the women's 200-meter dash, as she paced the field in 22.81. Behind her was Kendrick in 22.83 and Seminole sophomore Candyce McGrone in 23.00.

Florida State sophomore Kevin Borlee led the field in the men's 400-meter dash, finishing the race in 45.93 to become the fifth Seminole in the last seven years to win the event. Ricardo Chambers won it each year from 2005-07. Tar Heel freshman Clayton Parros (46.31) and junior Charles Cox (46.35) placed second and third, respectively.

On the women's side of the 400-meter dash, Hurricane junior Tameka Jameson (53.34), Clemson freshman Brittany Pringley (53.72), and Florida State junior Britney St. Louis (FSU), collected All-ACC accolades.

In the men's 5,000-meter run, Virginia Tech sophomore William Mulherin won his second successive championship in a 14:26.55 time, and was followed by juniors Adam Cunningham of North Carolina (14:27.09) and Ryan Collins of Virginia (14:28.44).

Wake Forest junior Anna Nosenko, who won the women`s 10,000-meter run on Thursday evening, claimed the 5,000-meter title in 16:13.09. Tar Heel senior Brianna Felnagle (16:23.40) and Ruck (16:38.05) followed.

Miami won its first 4x400-meter relay as part of the ACC as juniors Tameka Jameson, Takecia Jameson, Ti'erra Brown, and sophomore Charlene Fuller ran to a 3:36.33 finish.

Coming into the final men's event of the championship, the 4x400-meter relay, the Virginia Tech men held a slim 2.50 point advantage over Florida State, but the Seminoles rallied and finished in 3:08.90. Sophomore Pablo Navarrete and freshman Darrin Gibson, along with Mitchell and Borlee paced the field and outscored the Hokies by eight points in event to claim the team title.

Rounding out the men's teams scores were Virginia in third place with 125 points and North Carolina in fourth place with 117.50 points, followed by Clemson (75.50), Wake Forest (60), Georgia Tech (41.50), Duke (38), NC State (37), Miami (28), Maryland (18), and Boston College (10).

For the women Florida State placed second with 124 points, North Carolina came in third with 89 tallies, and Miami 84 points to place third. Duke (61), Virginia Tech (56), Georgia Tech (54.50), Virginia (43), Maryland (40), Wake Forest and Boston College (31), and NC State (28.50) rounded out the order.

The Florida State women led all squads with five individual champions, while the Seminole and Virginia Tech men had four each. It was Clemson, however, that bested all squads with a trophy count of 20. The Florida State men had 17.

Both the men's and women's most valuable performer of the championships will selected by a vote of the head coaches and announced on Friday, April 23rd.

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