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Feb. 23, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - With Florida State closing fast, Virginia Tech shut the door to secure the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday.
The host Hokies fended off a strong challenge by the defending champion Seminoles to claim their second conference title in two years, treating the Rector Field House crowd to an entertaining session in which the outcome hung in the balance for most of the afternoon.
Virginia Tech led FSU by the slimmest of margins (131-128) heading into the final two events of the meet. But the Hokies responded in the biggest of ways in the 3,000-meter run, as Virginia Tech's Will Mulherin posted a winning time of 8:04.39, finishing just ahead of FSU's Jakub Zivec. The Hokies also received key points from Leoule Defage (fourth place) and Michael Hammond (eighth) to take an insurmountable 11-point lead with only the 4x400 relay remaining.
The Hokies finished the meet with 153 team points, while Florida State closed with 135 and Clemson placed third with 91.
Despite the second-place finished Florida State held the top overall scorers in both the track and field events. The Seminoles' Stephen Newbold earned track MVP honors, while Phillip Young was the field MVP.
Virginia Tech held a 22-point lead in the team scoring heading into Saturday's action. Florida State began closing the gap in the 60-meter dash, which saw freshman Marvin Bracy post a winning time of 6.56 and teammate Dentarius Locke finish just behind at 6.57.
The Seminoles also placed 1-2 in the 200-meter dash, where Newbold became the 10th consecutive Florida State student-athlete to win the event at 20.90 and Locke again placed second at 21.02.
Virginia Tech countered with a gold in the 800-meter run, with Tihut Degfae (1:51.01) edging Georgia Tech's Shawn Roberts by a tenth of a second at the finish line. The Hokies and Seminoles held the top two spots in the pole vault, where Virginia Tech's Stephan Munz led with a 17-9 (5.41 meters) effort, and FSU's Andrew LaHaye took the silver at 17-5 (5.31 meters).
One week after setting the ACC record in the mile at Millrose Games, NC State senior Ryan Hill claimed the ACC Championship gold medal with a time of 4:05.71. Clemson's Brunson Miller prevailed in the 400 meters, racing to victory in 46.49. Miller would later anchor the Tigers' winning effort in the 4x400 relay.
Meanwhile, Isaiah Simmons became the first Miami student-athlete to win the shot put with a winning throw of 58-1 ¾ (17.72 m). Georgia Tech's Jonathan Gardner claimed the triple jump at 51-11 (15.82 meters), but a second-place finish by the Seminoles' Young helped pull FSU closer and set up the exciting finish.
One ACC Championship meet record fell in the men's 60-meter hurdles on Saturday, as Clemson's Spencer Adams repeated as champion with a time of 7.68.
Men's Team Scoring
1. Virginia Tech 153
2. Florida State 135
3. Clemson 91
4. North Carolina 75
5. Duke 52
6. Georgia Tech 39
7. Virginia 38
8. NC State 35
9. Miami 31
10. Wake Forest 9
11. Boston College 4