NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ACCtion: Saturday, June 9

June 9, 2012

The ACC was represented with a pair of national champions and four teams posted top 20 finishes at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that concluded today in Des Moines, Iowa.

Florida State's Maurice Mitchell successfully defended his national title in the 200 meters with a time of 20.40 on the final day of competition. The win was the sixth in the last seven years in the event for the Seminole men.

Virginia Tech's Alexander Ziegler repeated as hammer throw champion with a mark of 75.78 meters. All six of his throws would have won the national title, as he cleared 70 meters each time and the second-place mark was 69.47 meters. Hokies have won the event in three of the last four years and five of the past eight.

The Florida State men finished in fourth with 38 points, the seventh time in the last eight years that they have placed in the top four. Virginia Tech came in fifth with 33 points, matching last year's team finish for the best in program history. North Carolina State (t-40th, 6 points), Clemson (t-40th, 6 points), and Virginia (t-56th, 3 points) rounded out the field for the ACC men.

Clemson led the way for the women with 28 points, good for a tie for fourth place and setting a new program-best finish. Florida State scored 16 points for a tie in 14th place, followed by Miami (t38th, 7 points), Boston College (t-63rd, 1 point), and Duke (t-63rd, 1 point).

Fast-Closing 'Noles Finish Fourth

DES MOINES, Iowa - When Maurice Mitchell and Horatio Williams raced across the finish line at Drake University's Jim Duncan Track for a 1-3 finish in Saturday's 200-meter dash final, the Florida State men's team soared to the top of the NCAA Championship scoring list.

Successfully defending his 200 meter NCAA title, Mitchell - the sixth Seminole national champion in the last seven years in the event - and Williams teamed for 16 points, which gave FSU a 38-37 lead over LSU with two events remaining.

With its 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championship scoring opportunities exhausted, the Seminoles watched Florida, LSU and Texas A&M zoom past them on the scoreboard after the 110 hurdles and 4x400 relay.

Clemson Women Rally for Program-Best Fourth-Place Tie at NCAA Outdoor Championships; Men Tie for 40th

DES MOINES, Iowa - In a carbon copy of indoor season, Clemson's Brianna Rollins and Bridgette Owens took second and third, respectively, in the women's high hurdles Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Combined with a bronze medal performance out of the 4x100 relay, the Clemson women compiled 28 points. Due to a lane violation and disqualification of Kansas in the final event, the 4x4, the Tigers and Jayhawks tied for fourth place. It was Clemson's best team finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and the best by any athletic team at Clemson since baseball finished fourth in 2010.

Rollins took home her second silver medal of the collegiate track & field season after clocking a time of 12.91 into a significant headwind in the final of the high hurdles. She was the indoor runner-up and has now finished first or second in the high hurdles in her last three NCAA national meet appearances.

Owens collected a second straight bronze medal in the high hurdles, following up on her NCAA indoor performance. She posted a time of 13.10 in Saturday's final, her first at the outdoor nationals.

Virginia Tech Men's Track & Field Team Finishes Fifth at NCAA Outdoor Championship

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Virginia Tech men's track & field program finished fifth as a team and senior Michael Hammond placed fourth in the 1500 meters as competition concluded Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Drake Stadium.

The Hokie men matched their program-best fifth place finish from last year's NCAA Outdoor Championship as they scored 33 points. It marked the third straight national championship that Tech has earned a top-10 finish as the Hokies also finished tied for eighth at this year's NCAA Indoor Championship.

Hammond, Tech's lone competitor on Saturday, earned his highest ever finish at nationals by finishing fourth, clocking a time of 3:44.47 in the 1500 meters. He earned his third career All-America honor.

Samantha Williams Jumps to All-America Status at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Junior Samantha Williams of the University of Miami recorded a 13.34 meter mark in her fifth attempt in the triple jump to earn All-America status on Saturday at the NCAA Track & Field Championships on the campus of Drake University. Williams becomes the second Hurricane to earn national honors this weekend, as sophomore Thandi Stewart merited the standing in the 400 meter hurdles on Friday.

Williams qualified for the Championships after registering the third-best performance in the triple jump in school history (13.43m) at the NCAA East Region Preliminaries on May 26. She notched a 13.10m in her third attempt on Saturday to make it to the finals, rendering a mark of 13.34m to finish in seventh overall.

The USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., fall next on the Hurricanes' schedule, ranging from June 22-30. Director of Track & Field and Head Coach Amy Deem will serve as the women's head coach for Team USA's track and field squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

Hill Takes Third in 1500, Earns Seventh All-America Award of Career

DES MOINES, Iowa - NC State distance runner Ryan Hill won the seventh All-American award of his Wolfpack running career on Saturday when he finished third in the men's 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

The junior from Hickory, N.C., finished less than a half-second behind the photo-finish between winner Andrew Bayer of Indiana and second-place Miles Batty of Brigham Young, the collegiate record holder in the event. The top two were separated by .01 seconds, at 3:43.82 and 3:43.83, while Hill crossed the line at 3:44.24 to earn first-team All-American honors.

It's not only Hill's best finish at any championship race in cross country, indoor or outdoor track, it's also the highest finished by any Wolfpack athlete in the 1,500 meters at the national championship meet. Tony Riley had the previous best finish at seventh in 1993.

McKee Wraps Up NCAAs with 13th-Place Finish

DES MOINES, Iowa - On the final day of the NCAA Championships, Georgia Tech women's track and field jumper Julienne McKee wrapped up her time with a 13th place finish in the triple jump at Drake Stadium Saturday.

McKee ended her season with a 12.96m (42-6.25) leap, good enough for second team All-American honors, her second All-American honor this postseason.

This event wraps up the 2012 outdoor season for the track and field teams.

Duke Wraps Up NCAA Track and Field Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Blue Devils earn a total of five All-America honors in a successful campaign at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sophomore Michelle Anumba was the only Blue Devil to make it to the podium with her eighth place finish in the women's shot put, earning her First Team All-America honors. Sophomore Curtis Beach earned Second Team All-America honors in both the long jump and 800 meters. He was joined on the second team by senior Amy Fryt in the pole vault and junior Juliet Bottorff in the 10,000.

Senior Michael Barbas was the lone Blue Devil to compete on the final day of competition. He wrapped up his Duke career by finishing in 24th place in the men's shot put. His best mark of the afternoon was 57-7.75 (17.57) which he threw on his third attempt.

Virginia Finishes Action at NCAA Outdoor Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Virginia track and field program concluded the NCAA Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday (June 9).

Junior Morgane Gay (Bethesda, Md.) finished 11th in the women's 1,500 meters final in a time of 4:19.44. At this national meet, Gay became the sixth Division I female to compete at the NCAA cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field national meets in each of the last two academic years.

In the women's 5,000 meters final, redshirt freshman Kathleen Stevens (Blacksburg, Va.) placed 21st in a time of 17:24.29. Classmate Chelsea Ley (Woolwich Township, N.J.) did not finish after her shoe was knocked off a few of laps into the race.