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March 5, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The most valuable performers of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship were announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. The four selections include Florida State sophomore Maurice Mitchell (men’s track), Georgia Tech senior Alphonso Jordan (men’s field), Virginia Tech senior Queen Harrison (women’s track), and Clemson junior April Sinkler (women’s field). The Seminole men and Tiger women claimed team championships at the meet, which was hosted by Virginia Tech last weekend.
Mitchell earned All-ACC recognition in two separate events, claiming the 60-meter dash championship in 6.66—just .03 seconds off an NCAA automatic qualifying time—and placing second in the 200-meter dash (20.87) behind teammate Charles Clark. The Kansas City, Mo., native was an All-ACC performer at last season’s meet and led all track performers at the 2010 championship in tallying 19.50 points for the title-claiming Seminoles.
Jordan was an All-ACC performer for the third time, claiming the triple jump title and placing second in two other events. Jordan measured 53 feet, 4.25 inches to win the triple jump and automatically qualify for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship. The Charlotte, N.C., native also finished in second place in both the long jump (25-2.75) and 60-meter hurdles (7.85), and led the entire field in racking up 26 points for the seventh-place Yellow Jackets.
Harrison, a native of Richmond, Va., clocked a 7.99 preliminary time in the 60-meter dash to set an ACC record, then ran to a 7.94 finish in the finals, breaking her own league record and tying the all-time Rector Field House mark. Harrison also won the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.06 and was the only two-time champion on the track at the championship meet, helping the Hokies to a third-place finish.
Sinkler was a two-time champion in field events, taking the long jump (21-6.00) and high jump (6-0.75) crowns, in guiding the Tigers to their first league title since 1992. The Stafford, Va., native, who was an all-league performer at last season’s championship, automatically qualified for the upcoming NCAA championship in each event.
ACC indoor track & field action continues this weekend, as several league teams will compete in “last chance” meets in hopes of securing NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying marks, securing a berth to the NCAA championship. The 2010 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship will be held on Friday-Saturday, March 12-13 and hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
All ACC indoor track & field information can be found at theACC.com.