Florida State Men, Clemson Women Capture Team Titles at #ACCOTF Championships

April 23, 2011

DURHAM, N.C. - The Florida State men rallied from 19.5 points back heading into the day, while the Clemson women built upon their 21.5 point day two lead to claim the team titles at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held at Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. It marks the sixth consecutive men's championship for the Seminoles and eighth overall. Six of those have come under head coach Bob Braman. The Tigers have now clinched two straight titles and four overall. Two have come under head coach Lawrence Johnson.

Florida State finished the meet with 174.5 points. Virginia Tech, which led for part of the day, placed second with 153.5 points. North Carolina took third with 112.5 points, and Clemson was fourth with 89. Duke, the leader coming into the day, finished fifth with 86.5 points, followed by Virginia in sixth with 67 and NC State in seventh with 50. In eighth with 38 points was Wake Forest and in ninth with 21 was Miami. Maryland (10th, 20 points) and Georgia Tech (11th, five points) rounded out the men's field.

Clemson accumulated a program best 202 points over the three-day event. Florida State placed second with 132.5 points, followed by North Carolina in third with 117.5. Duke took fourth with 81.5 points, Virginia was fifth with 62.5 and Miami finished sixth with 57. In seventh with 53.5 points was Virginia Tech, in eighth with 39.5 was NC State and in ninth with 34 was Maryland. Georgia Tech (10th, 19 points), Boston College (11th, 15 points) and Wake Forest (12th, three points) rounded out the women's side.

The Seminole men entered the 19th event of the championship, the men's 200-meter dash, trailing first place Virginia Tech by 17 points. Florida State swept the top four spots in the event to take over at the top of the standings. The Seminoles secured their victory with first and fifth place finishes in the men's 5000-meter run and a third place showing in the men's 4x400. On the final day alone, Florida State tallied 15 top five finishes.

The Tiger women used 16 top five finishes, including 12 in the top three, to maintain and strengthen their hold on first place.

Florida State's men concluded the three day event with seven individual champions and one first place relay. The Seminoles accumulated 17 podium finishes. Clemson's women also finished with seven individual champions and a first place relay, along with 19 podium spots.

Florida State's Maurice Mitchell garnered men's Most Valuable Track Performer honors after winning the 200-meter dash, running a leg of the victorious 4x100 relay and also taking second in the 100-meter dash. His teammate, Michael Putman was named men's Most Valuable Field Performer after winning the discus throw and placing second in the shot put.

Clemson's Stormy Kendrick won the 100 and 200-meter dash events, while also running a leg of the victorious 4x100 relay to collect women's Most Valuable Track Performer accolades. Fellow Tiger April Sinkler earned the women's Most Valuable Field Performer award with a title in the high jump and second place in the long jump. The MVP honors are awarded to the top point scorer.

Clemson junior April Sinkler successfully defended her high jump title, registering a leap of 5-11.5 (1.82m). It marked her second All-ACC honor of the meet as she finished second in the long jump Friday. Sinkler has captured both of the Tigers' championships in the event. North Carolina senior Patience Coleman, who won the event in 2008 and 2009, finished second at 5-10.50 (1.79m). The Tar Heels scored 13 points in the event as sophomore Ariel Roberts tied for third with a 5-6.00 (1.68m). Also reaching that mark were Miami senior Megan Novinger and Maryland freshman Amina Smith.

Hasheem Halim claimed Virginia Tech's first triple jump title, registering a leap of 52-10.00 (16.10m). Fellow Hokie David Wilson, a sophomore, placed second at 52-6.75 (16.02m). Virginia Tech scored 19 points in the event with three top eight finishers. North Carolina senior Austin Davis garnered All-ACC honors in the event for the second straight year, taking third with a 51-9.00 (15.77m). The Tar Heels collected 10 points in the event with two top five finishes.

Virginia Tech collected its second set of top two finishers in as many events on the day as senior Jared Jodon won the men's pole vault with a mark of 17-2.75 (5.25m). The Hokies have won the event three consecutive years and five of the last seven. Jodon's teammate, junior Joe Davis, placed second with a 16-10.75 (5.15m). Virginia Tech tallied 21 points in the event on three top seven finishes. Florida State sophomore Andrew LaHaye and North Carolina junior Parker Smith tied for third, both posting a 16-2.75 (4.95m).

Florida State senior Lizbeth Mabry took top honors in the women's pole vault with a mark of 13-3.75 (4.06m), giving the Seminoles their fifth overall title in the event and first since 2006. Freshman took the remaining podium spots as Clemson's Lauren Terstappen (13-3.75, 4.06m) finished second and North Carolina's Sandi Morris (12-11.75, 3.96m) placed third. Mabry needed two attempts to clear the height, while Terstappen needed three.

Virginia Tech senior Dorotea Habazin set both the conference and championship records in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 224-3.00 (68.36m), distancing herself from second place by more than 42 feet. She bested the conference mark set in 2002 by almost four feet and the championship toss, also set in 2002, by more than 18. It marks her third title in the event in four years after she won back-to-back in 2008 and 2009. The Hokies have claimed a league-leading four hammer throw championships. Virginia junior Maureen Laffan took second with a mark of 181-7.00 (55.36m), followed by NC State junior Lawanda Henry in third at 181-1.00 (55.21m).

The Hokies continued their success in the hammer throw on the men's side, sweeping all three podium spots. Senior Marcel Lomnicky shattered both the conference and championship record with a mark of 248-10.00 (75.84m) en route to his third consecutive title in the event. He bested the conference record from 2005 by more than 10 feet, while also improving upon his own championship record set last year by more than 13 feet. Junior Alexander Ziegler also bested Lomnicky's championship record from last year, taking second with a 236-2.00. Sophomore Denis Mahmic rounded out the field at 208-4.00. Virginia Tech scored 24 points in the event.

After claiming her third long jump championship Friday, Florida State senior Kim Williams became the first four-time champion in the women's triple jump, setting championship and facility records in the process. Her mark of 46-1.25 (14.05m) bested the championship record set in 2005 by nearly a foot and a half and also edged the previous Wallace Wade Stadium from 1990 by one half inch. Clemson senior Patricia Mamona earned her second straight All-ACC accolade, taking second with a leap of 42-9.50 (13.04m). The Seminoles claimed two of the top three spots as junior Michelle Jenije placed third at 42-9.50 (13.04m).

Miami claimed both the men's 110-meter and women's 100-meter hurdles events. On the men's side junior Devon Hill took top honors with a 13.66, while Ti'erra Brown clocked a 12.94 in the women's competition. Brown gave the Hurricanes their first title in the event and earned All-ACC honors for the second time after finishing third in 2010, while Hill is Miami's second champion. Clemson sophomore Spencer Adams (13.68) and Virginia senior Adams Abdulrazaaq (13.82) garnered All-ACC honors in the event for the second time, finishing second and third respectively. On the women's side, Clemson swept second, third and fourth as freshman Brianna Rollins (12.99) and senior Michaylin Golladay (13.15) reached the podium.

North Carolina senior LaToya James took top honors in the women's 400-meter hurdles, pacing the field with a 55.83. She earned All-ACC honors in the event in 2010 as well, finishing third. James is the Tar Heels' first champion in the event since Tiffany Flomo won three from 2002 to 2004. Miami swept second and third as senior Ti'erra Brown (57.58) and freshman Thandi Stewart (57.71) placed second and third, respectively. Brown garnered All-ACC status for the second straight year after taking second in 2010.

The Tar Heels' success carried into the men's event as they took first, second and third. Sophomore Reynaldo Radlin led the way with a 51.89. The freshman duo of Roy Smith (52.38) and Devon Carter (52.39) rounded out the podium. Radlin becomes North Carolina's third champion in the event and first since 1999.

Florida State swept the top three spots in the men's 100-meter dash. Junior Ngoni Makusha, Friday's long jump champion, took first with a time of 9.97. He bested the championship record set in 2007 by 14-hundreths of a second. Junior Maurice Mitchell, the 2010 champion in the event, finished second at 10.03. He improved upon the championship mark by eight-hundredths of a second. Classmate Kemar Hyman took third at 10.27. All three were also members of the Seminoles' 4x100 first-place relay squad.

Mitchell successfully defended his title in the men's 200-meter dash to continue Florida State's streak of five consecutive victories in the event. His time of 20.19 matched the championship record, which was set in 2007 by fellow Seminole Walter Dix. The Seminoles went on to take second, third and fourth to accumulate 29 points in the event. Seniors Brandon Byram (20.57) and Charles Clark (20.78) finished second and third.

The women's 100-meter dash proved to be historic as Clemson sophomore Stormy Kendrick broke both the conference and championship records with an 11.25 clip. She bested the previous records, both of which were set at the 2010 championship, by 13-hundreths of a second. Kendrick, who took second in the event in 2010, gave the Tigers their league-leading eighth title in the event. Her teammate, sophomore Jasmine Edgerson, placed second with an 11.36. Defending champions Marecia Pemberton finished third at 11.52.

Kendrick clinched her second title of the day winning the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 23.09. It marked Clemson's league-leading ninth championship in the event and first since 2001. Kendrick garnered All-ACC status in the event in 2010. The Tigers also took second as Wesh earned her second All-ACC honor of the day with a second place finish of 23.26. Florida State senior Teona Rodgers, who was All-ACC in 2010, came in third at 23.55.

Senior Kate Van Buskirk became Duke's second champion in the women's 1500-meter run, pacing the field in 4:16.68. She collected All-ACC honors for the second consecutive year after finishing third in 2010. Florida State sophomore Amanda Winslow placed second at 4:18.12, followed by Morgane Gay in third at 4:18.94.

Florida State senior Ciaran O'Lionaird set a championship record in the men's 1500-meter run with a time of 3:40.69, besting the mark set in 2006. Virginia sophomore Robby Andrews came in second at 3:40.77 and Virginia Tech junior Michael Hammond finished third at 3:43.62.

O'Lionaird clinched his second title of the day and also set another championship mark in the men's 5000-meter run. His time of 13:52.11 bested the record set in1983 by more than four and a half seconds. Virginia Tech junior William Mulherin, the event's two-time defending champion, finished second at 13:55.25. He also bested the record by a margin of more than a second and a half. Duke junior Josh Lund rounded out the field at 13:58.87.

Florida State freshman Jessica Parry paced the field in the women's 5000-meter run clocking a 16:14.74. She becomes the Seminoles' third champion in the event and first since 2009. Duke sophomore Juliet Bottorff placed second at 16:22.57. Parry's teammate, senior Hannah Brooks, took third at 16:25.19.

For the second year in a row, Virginia took the top two podium spots in the men's 800-meter run. Freshman Anthony Kostelac paced the field with a 1:49.02 to give the Cavaliers their league-leading 12th championship in the event. His teammate and the event's defending champion, junior Lance Roller, placed second with a 1:49.44. Clemson junior Chris Slate finished third at 1:49.54.

Junior Caroline King claimed Boston College's first 800-meter run title, clocking a 2:04.88. She garnered All-ACC honors for the second straight year after finishing second in 2010. North Carolina took second, third and fourth to collect 19 points in the event. Juniors Ashley Verplank (2:04.99) and Tasha Stanley (2:05.74) reached the podium for the Tar Heels.

The Florida State men captured their third consecutive 4x100 relay championship and fifth since 2005. Sophomore David Ambler and juniors Ngoni Makusha, Maurice Mitchell and Kemar Hyman came in at 39.61. Clemson (40.42) took second followed by Virginia Tech (41.01).

The Clemson women's 4x100 relay squad successfully defended its title in the event as senior Michaylin Golladay, junior Misha Morris and sophomores Stormy Kendrick and Jasmine Edgerson paced the field in 44.27. The Tigers have won a league-leading eight championships in the event. Virginia Tech (44.68) and Florida State (45.12) rounded out the field.

Sophomore Brandon O'Connor became Florida State's sixth 400-meter dash champion in eight years with a time of 45.89. The North Carolina duo of sophomore Clayton Parros (46.17) and senior Charles Cox (46.94) repeated as All-ACC honorees in the event, taking second and third.

Sophomore Marlena Wesh claimed Clemson's second title in the 400-meter dash and first since 2001, clocking a 52.28. Florida State senior Britany St. Louis, who won the event in 2009 and finished third in 2010, placed second at 53.49. North Carolina junior Zoey Russell took third at 53.93. The Tar Heels also took fourth and fifth to tally 15 points in the event.

In the final events of the night, North Carolina's women and Clemson's men were victorious in the 4x400 relay. The Tar Heels came in at 3:34.42 to claim their fifth overall title in the event and first since 2002. Juniors Tasha Stanley, Elizabeth Mott, Zoey Russell and senior Christine Johnson earned All-ACC honors as members of the squad. Clemson (3:36.16) and Florida State (3:41.04) rounded out the top three. The Tigers snapped a three year winning streak by Florida State en route to claiming their seventh overall title and first since 2007. Junior Justin Murdock, sophomores La'Mont Jackson and Jordan Rispress and senior Miller Moss paced the squad to a 3:07.17 finish. North Carolina (3:08.80) took second, followed by Florida State (3:08.85) in third.

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

MEN'S TEAM STANDINGS (21 events): 1. Florida State, 174.5 points; 2. Virginia Tech, 153.5 points; 3. North Carolina, 112.5 points; 4. Clemson, 89 points; 5. Duke, 86.5 points; 6. Virginia, 67 points; 7. NC State, 50 points; 8. Wake Forest, 38 points; 9. Miami, 21 points; 10. Maryland, 20 points; 11. Georgia Tech, 5 points

MEN'S RESULTS: 4x400: 1. Clemson, 3:07.17 (Justin Murdock, La'Mont Jackson, Jordan Rispress, Miller Moss) 5000-meter run: 1. Ciaran O'Lionaird (FSU), 13:52.11; 2. William Mulherin (VT), 13:55.25; 3. Josh Lund (Duke), 13:58.87 200-meter dash: 1. Maurice Mitchell (FSU), 20.19; 2. Brandon Byram (FSU), 20.57; 3. Charles Clark (FSU), 20.78 400-meter hurdles: 1. Reynaldo Radlin (UNC), 51.89; 2. Roy Smith (UNC), 52.38; 3. Devon Carter (UNC), 52.39 800-meter run: 1. Anthony Kostelac (UVa.), 1:49.02; 2. Lance Roller (UVa.), 1:49.44; 3. Chris Slate (Clem.), 1:49.54 100-meter dash: 1. 2. 3. 400-meter dash: 1. Brandon O'Connor (FSU), 45.89; 2. Clayton Parros (UNC), 46.17; 3. Charles Cox (UNC), 46.94 110-meter hurdles: 1. Devon Hill (UM), 13.66; 2. Spencer Adams (CU), 13.68; 3. Adams Abdulrazaaq (UVa.), 13.82 1500-meter run: 1. Ciaran O'Lionaird (FSU), 3:40.69; 2. Robby Andrews (UVa.), 3:40.77; 3. Michael Hammond (VT), 3:43.62 4x100: Florida State, 39.61 (David Ambler, Ngoni Makusha, Maurice Mitchell, Kemar Hyman) Hammer: 1. Marcel Lomnicky (VT), 248-10.00; 2. Alexander Ziegler (VT), 236-2.00; 3. Denis Mahmic (VT), 208-4.00 Triple Jump: 1. Hasheem Halim (VT), 52-10.00; 2. David Wilson (VT), 52-6.75; 3. Austin Davis (UNC), 51-9.00 Pole Vault: 1. Jared Jodon (Clem.), 17-2.75; 2. Joe Davis (VT), 16-10.75; T3. Andrew LaHaye (FSU), 16-2.75; T3. Parker Smith (UNC), 16-2.75 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 (21 events): 1. Clemson, 202 points; 2. Florida State, 132.5 points; 3. North Carolina, 117.5 points; 4. Duke, 81.5 points; 5. Virginia, 62.5 points; 6. Miami, 57 points; 7. Virginia Tech, 53.5 points; 8. NC State, 39.5 points; 9. Maryland, 34 points, 10. Georgia Tech, 19 points; 11. Boston College, 15 points; 12. Wake Forest, 3 points

WOMEN'S RESULTS: 4x400: 1. North Carolina, 3:34.42 (Tasha Stanley, Christine Johnson, Elizabeth Mott, Zoey Russell) 5000-meter run: 1. Jessica Parry (FSU), 16:14.74; 2. Juliet Bottorff (Duke), 16:22.57; 3. Hannah Brooks (FSU), 16:25.19 200-meter dash: 1. Stormy Kendrick (Clem.), 23.09; 2. Marlena Wesh (Clem.), 23.26; 3. Teona Rodgers (FSU), 23.55 400-meter hurdles: 1. LaToya James (UNC), 55.83; 2. Ti'erra Brown (UM), 57.58; 3. Thandi Stewart (UM), 57.71 800-meter run: 1. Caroline King (BC), 2:04.88; 2. Ashley Verplank (UNC), 2:04.99; 3. Tasha Stanley (UNC), 2:05.74 100-meter dash: 1. Stormy Kendrick (Clem.), 11.25; 2. Jasmine Edgerson (Clem.), 11.36; 3. Marecia Pemberton (FSU), 11.52 400-meter dash: 1. Marlena Wesh (Clem.), 52.28; 2. Britany St. Louis (FSU), 53.49; 3. Zoey Russell (UNC), 53.93 100-meter Hurdles: 1. Ti'erra Brown (UM), 12.94; 2. Brianna Rollins (CU), 12.99; 3. Michaylin Golladay (CU), 13.15 1500-meter run: 1. Kate Van Buskirk (Duke), 4:16.68; 2. Amanda Winslow (FSU), 4:18.12; 3. Morgane Gay (UVa.), 4:18.94 4x100: 1. Clemson, 44.27 (Michaylin Golladay, Stormy Kendrick, Misha Morris, Jasmine Edgerson) Pole Vault: 1. Lizbeth Mabry (FSU), 13-3.75; 2. Lauren Terstappen (Clem.), 13-3.75; 3. Sandi Morris (UNC), 12-11.75 Triple Jump: 1. Kim Williams (FSU), 46-1.25; 2. Patricia Mamona (Clem.), 42-9.50; 3. Michelle Jenije (FSU), 42-9.50 Hammer Throw: 1. Dorotea Habazin (VT), 224-3.00; 2. Maureen Laffan (UVa.), 181-7.00; 3. Lawanda Henry (NCSU), 181-1.00 High Jump: 1. April Sinkler (Clem.), 5-11.50; 2. Patience Coleman (UNC), 5-10.50; T3. Ariel Roberts (UNC), 5-6.00; T3. Megan Novinger (UM), 5-6.00; T3. Amina Smith (Md.), 5-6.00 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