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Feb. 23, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Clemson's women followed a familiar script to remain atop the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship heap on Saturday.
The Tigers used a strong finish in the running events to capture the title for the fourth straight year and the fifth time overall. Clemson finished with 141.5 team points Florida State (100) placed second for the fourth straight year, while Duke (82) placed third for its highest-ever ACC finish.
Clemson entered the day holding sixth place in a tightly-bunched field. But ACC Championship records began falling at Rector Field House as soon as Clemson's sprinters hit the track.
Brianna Rollins raced to victory in the women's 60-meter hurdles in 7.90, successfully defending her conference title and breaking her own meet record of 7.92 set during Friday's qualifying.
Florida State's Amanda Winslow led an FSU medals sweep in the women's 3,000-meter run with a record time of 9:08.13, defending her title and bettering the previous ACC Championship mark set in 2011 by almost four seconds.
Rollins' record showing in the 60-meter hurdles, tripled with teammate Kendra Harrison's silver medal showing in the same event and Jasmine Brunson's silver medal in the triple jump, put the Tigers in front to stay.
Marlena Wesh piled on for the Tigers with a gold medal time of 52.84 in the 400-meter dash, and Harrison again chipped in with a bronze medal. Clemson then proceeded to finish 1-2 in the 60-meter dash as tournament track MVP Dezerea Bryant posted a winning time of 7.27, and Stormy Kendrick followed at 7.33.
With a four-peat well in hand, the Tigers kept it going in the 200-meter dash, where Bryant successfully defended her ACC title with a time of 23.22, followed by Rollins at 23.37 and Kendrick at 23.64.
FSU's Winslow-led domination of the 3,000 meters lifted the Seminoles into second place, but the Tigers' domination of the running events left them safely ahead.
North Carolina's Lianne Farber claimed the gold medal in the mile with a time of 4:42.62, overtaking Virginia's Vicky Fouhy with a strong finish on the final half-lap. Duke's Cydney Ross picked up a gold in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.81
In the field events, NC State's Tremanisha Taylor opened the day with a gold-medal throw of 53-7 (16.33 meters) in the shot put. Later action saw the Wolfpack's Kamiah Shepherd claim her second gold medal of this year's Championship with a triple jump of 43-0 ½ (3.12 meters). Shepherd earned ACC Championship field MVP honors.
Women's Team Scoring
1. Clemson 141.5
2. Florida State 100
3. Duke 82
4. NC State 61.5
5. Maryland 59
6. North Carolina 57
7. Virginia 46
8. Miami 42
9. Virginia Tech 36
10. Boston College 16
10. Wake Forest 13
12. Georgia Tech 8