Duke Men Maintain, Clemson Women Take Over Lead After Day Two of #ACCOTF Championships

April 22, 2011

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke upheld its place atop the men’s standings, while Clemson took over on the women’s side on day two of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are being held at Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. The Blue Devils registered four top three finishes and five in the top four to build upon their 11-point lead from Thursday. The Tigers reached the podium on five occasions in three different events to rally from 10 points back and move from second to first place among the women’s teams.

Duke’s men (70.5) hold a 19.5-point lead over second place Florida State (51). Virginia Tech is third with 46.5 points, North Carolina is fourth with 35 and NC State is fifth with 29. Clemson and Wake Forest are tied for sixth with 23 points apiece. Maryland (17) sits at eighth and Virginia (16) is ninth.

Clemson’s women (66.5) hold a 21.5-point margin over second place Duke (45). With 36 points, Florida State is third, followed by Virginia (28) in fourth, NC State (24) in fifth and North Carolina (22.5) in sixth. Virginia Tech and Miami are knotted at seventh with 15 points each. Maryland (ninth, 11 points), Georgia Tech (10th, nine points) and Wake Forest (11th, one point) round out the field.

Friday’s action came to an end on a historic note as Virginia senior Stephanie Garcia broke both the championship and facility records in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase to win her second title in four years in the event. Her time of 9:55.10 bested the ACC Championship mark set in 2007 by more than a second. She shattered the Wallace Wade Stadium mark set in 2002 by more than seven and a half seconds. Clemson junior Alyssa Kulik placed second, coming in at 10:05.51. NC State freshman Erin Mercer rounded out the podium in third at 10:18.86.

On the men’s side, Duke senior Ryan McDermott became the sixth three-time champion in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase. He paced the field with a time of 8:45.42 to give the Blue Devils their conference-leading 10th title in the event. Virginia Tech junior Jason Cusack came in second at 8:47.29, followed by Virginia senior Andrew Mearns at 8:56.41.

North Carolina senior Mateo Sossah made history by becoming the first four-time champion in the men’s decathlon. His first title came in 2007, and he has won three consecutive dating back to 2009. He is only the second student-athlete to win the event three straight times. Sossah entered the day in third place but won two events and placed no lower than fourth in the other three to finish with 7,773 points. He took first in the discus throw (137-6.0) and javelin throw (168-4.0), while finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.58) and 1500-meter run (4:16.49). The Tar Heels have combined for a league-leading 10 decathlon titles. Clemson senior Miller Moss, the leader coming into the day, won the 110-meter hurdles (14.38) and placed in the top three in the other four events to finish second with 7,706 points. Duke freshman Curtis Beach won the 1500-meter run (4:14.83) and registered four additional top five finishes to place third with 7,543 points.

After starting the day in second in the women’s heptathlon, Clemson senior Liane Weber won the javelin throw (147-4.00) and finished second in the long jump (18-1.00) to take over first place and successfully defend her title. She accumulated 5,463 points to become the first back-to-back champion in the event since Florida State’s Chinette Johnson won three from 1998 to 2000. Weber garnered All-ACC status for the second time in as many days after taking second in the javelin throw Thursday. Her classmate and the leader after day one, Patricia Mamona, placed second to give the Tigers two podium spots and 18 points in the event. Mamona won the long jump (19-2.50) and finished with 5,293 points. North Carolina senior Gabrielle Gioia rounded out the field with 5,243 points after collecting top-five finishes in all three of Friday’s events.

Clemson senior Alex Padgett took top honors in the men’s shot put, earning the Tigers their seventh overall title in the event and first since 1992. He recorded a mark of 59-0.75 (18.00m). Florida State junior Michael Putman, who claimed the men’s discus title Thursday, earned his second All-ACC honor of the meet taking second with a 58-8.50 (17.89m). Duke junior Michael Barbas placed third with a 58-7.25 (17.86m).

Freshmen claimed two of the top three spots in the women’s shot put. Virginia Tech’s Samira Burkhardt led the way, registering a mark of 52-3.25 (15.93m). The Hokies have now won three titles in the event as Brittany Pryor won in both 2007 and 2008. Florida State senior Allyn Laughlin collected All-ACC accolades in the event for the second consecutive year, placing second with a toss of 51-3.50 (15.63m). Miami freshman Kyla Buckley finished third at 51-3.50 (15.63m).

Florida State captured first, second and fifth place in the men’s long jump to accumulate 22 points in the event. Junior Ngoni Makusha won his second title in the event in four years recording a leap of 25-4.00 (7.72m) to give the Seminoles their second-straight victory in the event. His teammate, freshman Paul Madzivire, placed second with a mark of 24-7.75 (7.51m). Virginia Tech sophomore Jeff Artis-Gray took third at 24-7.25 (7.50m).

The Seminoles’ success in the long jump continued on the women’s side as senior Kim Williams became just the fourth three-time champion in the event. Williams recorded a leap of 20-6.25 (6.25m) to distance herself from second place by more than three inches. She previously won the event in 2008 and 2009. Clemson swept the final two podium spots as defending champion April Sinkler, a junior, finished second at 20-3.00 (6.17m) and sophomore Jasmine Brunson took third at 19-11.75 (6.09m). Florida State accumulated 15 points in the event with two top four finishers, while Clemson tallied 14 points.

Junior Dwight Barbiasz became Maryland’s first men’s high jump champion since 1987, registering a mark of 6-11.50 (2.12m). The Terrapins have now claimed a conference-leading 18 titles in the event. Virginia Tech sophomore Ronnie Black placed second at 6-9.50 (2.07m) followed by Duke freshman Tanner Anderson also at 6-9.50 (2.07m). Joining Maryland with two top six finishers were Virginia Tech and Duke. The Terrapins collected 15 points, while Virginia Tech tallied 11.5 and Duke received 9.5.

The top three individuals and first-place relay squad in each event earned All-ACC honors.

Rain throughout the day on Friday caused some schedule changes. The women’s high jump, which was originally scheduled for Friday, will now start at 10 a.m. Saturday. Field events including the hammer throw, pole vault and triple jump, will begin at Noon. The running event finals begin at 4 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relay, followed by the 1500-meter run, 100- and 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 800-meter run, 400-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, 5000-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 8:10 p.m.

Fans can follow the action at home Saturday via The ACC Network on theACC.com. Jerry Massey will have the call beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday at http://www.theacc.com/allaccess/?media=240413. Live results are available throughout the event at http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-otf-livestats.html.

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (8 events): 1. Duke, 70.50 points; 2. Florida State, 51 points; 3. Virginia Tech, 46.5 points; 4. North Carolina, 35 points; 5. NC State, 29 points; T6. Clemson, 23 points; T6. Wake Forest, 23 points; 8. Maryland, 17 points; 9. Virginia, 16 points

MEN’S RESULTS: 3000-meter Steeplechase: 1. Ryan McDermott (Duke), 8:45.42; 2. Jason Cusack (Virginia Tech), 8:47.29; 3. Andrew Mearns (Virginia), 8:56.41 High Jump: 1. Dwight Barbiasz (Md.), 6-11.50; 2. Ronnie Black (VT), 6-9.50; 3. Tanner Anderson (Duke), 6-9.50 Shot Put: 1. Alex Padgett (Clem.), 59-0.75; 2. Michael Putman (FSU), 58-8.50; 3. Michael Barbas (Duke), 58-7.25 Long Jump: 1. Ngoni Makusha (FSU), 25-4.00; 2. Paul Madzivire (FSU), 24-7.75; 3. Jeff Artis-Gray (VT), 24-7.25 Decathlon: 1. Mateo Sossah (UNC), 7,773 points; 2. Miller Moss (Clem.), 7,706 points; 3. Curtis Beach (Duke), 7,543 points 10,000-meter run: 1. Ryan Hill (NCSU), 29:39.56; 2. Adam Henken (NCSU) 29:41.63, 3. Wesley Rickman (FSU), 29:45.06 Javelin: 1. Matthias Treff (VT), 239-6.00; 2. John Austin (Duke), 231-1.00; 3. Ben Lincoln (WF), 226-4.00 Discus: 1. Michael Putman (FSU), 187-11.00; 2. Mike Schallmo (Duke), 181-4.00; 3. Emory Parsons (UNC), 175-2.00

WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (3 events): 1. Clemson, 66.5 points; 2. Duke, 45 points; 3. Florida State, 36 points; 4. Virginia, 28 points; 5. NC State, 24 points; 6. North Carolina, 22.5 points; T7. Virginia Tech, 15 points; T7. Miami, 15 points; 9. Maryland, 11 points; 10. Georgia Tech, 9 points; 11. Wake Forest, 1 point

WOMEN’S RESULTS (7 events): 3000-meter Steeplechase: 1. Stephanie Garcia (UVa.), 9:55.10; 2. Alyssa Kulik (Clem.), 10:05.51; 3. Erin Mercer (NCSU), 10:18.86 Long Jump: 1. Kim Williams (FSU), 20-6.25; 2. April Sinkler (Clem.), 20-3.00; 3. Jasmine Brunson (Clem.), 19-11.75 Shot Put: 1. Samira Burkhardt (VT), 52-3.25; 2. Allyn Laughlin (FSU), 51-3.50; 3. Kyla Buckley (UM), 51-3.50 Heptathlon: 1. Liane Weber (Clem.), 5463 points; 2. Patricia Mamona (Clem.), 5293 points; 3. Gabrielle Gioia (UNC), 5243 points 10,000-meter run: 1. Kimberly Ruck (Clem.), 33:47.85; 2. Andie Cozzarelli (NCSU), 34:13.32; 3. Carly Seymour (Duke), 34:19.95 Javelin: 1. Andrea Hopkins (Duke), 155-1.00; 2. Liane Weber (Clem.), 153-7.00; 3. Tara Karin (UVa.), 148-11.00 Discus: 1. Kristen Batts (Md.), 160-11.00; 2. Erica Brand (Duke), 160-0.00; 3. Kamorean Hayes (FSU), 158-5.0