NCAA Indoor Track & Field ACCtion: Saturday, March 10

March 10, 2012

The ACC was represented with a pair of national champions and five teams posted top 20 finishes at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships that ended March 10 in Nampa, Idaho.

Duke's Curtis Beach won the heptathlon in record fashion - improving on his own world record in the hepthathlon 1,000 meters event with a time of 2:23.63. He finished the multi-event with 6,138 points.

Virginia Tech's Marcel Lomnicky won national title in the weight throw, hitting his best mark of 72 feet, three and three quarter inches (22.04m) on his fourth toss.

Overall, the Clemson women posted thed best team finish with a tie for fifth. Florida State women were 20th. On the men's side, Virginia Tech and Florida State were in a three-way tie for eighth with Texas A&M. Duke was part of a four-way tie for 18th.

 

TEAM NOTES FROM 2012 NCAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLEMSON

Brianna Rollins and Bridgette Owens finished second and third, respectively, in the 60 hurdles to lead the Clemson women’s team to a fifth-place tie at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. It was the first time the Clemson women’s program produced to of the top three finishers in the same event since Tina Krebs and Kristi Voldness ran first and third in the 1,500 meters at the 1985 indoor meet.

Marlena Wesh took home fifth place in her second trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Wesh’s fifth-place effort (53.17) was the best ever by a Clemson female in the quarter mile.

Dezerea Bryant was sixth in the 60-meter dash final as a freshman, becoming the first student-athlete in Clemson women’s track and field history to compete in both finals of the 60- and 200 event. Teammate Jasmine Brunson finished eighth in the women’s triple jump.

Spencer Adams placed fifth in the men’s 60 hurdles. He registered a personal-best time of 7.60 from lane eight to match Duane Ross’ school record established in 1995. His fifth-place finish was the best by a Clemson male since Todd Matthews was fourth in 2002.

DUKE

Curtis Beach broke one world record and six personal records on his way to being crowned the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Heptathlon Champion on Saturday. In his final event of the day, Beach shattered his own previous world record in the 1,000 meters by running a time of 2:23.63. He finished the weekend with 6,138 points.

In the pole vault, the junior had an outstanding performance by setting three personal records. In the event, he cleared 15-05.00, 15-09.00 and an impressive 16-00.75 to score 880 points in the event and catapults him into fourth place. His world record performance earned him the crown and places him second on Duke's all-time list in the 1,000 meter run behind Duke great Bob Wheeler.

Beach's point total of 6,138 puts him third on the all-time collegiate heptathlon list and broke the Jacksons Track facility record set by Donovan Kilmartin in 2006. The mark also broke the all-time Duke and ACC record for the event.

Competing in her first NCA Indoor Track & Field Championship, sophomore Michelle Anumba earned second team All-America honors with a mark of 53-0.75 (16.17m) in the women’s shot put. Her performance was good enough for 11th place overall.

FLORIDA STATE

Senior Michelle Jenije turned in the finest performance of her collegiate career over the weekend with a second-place showing in the women’s triple jump on a leap of 13.54 meters (44-5.25) on her first attempt. It was also a career-best for Jenije.

Phillip Young also flourished in his first NCAA appearance in the triple jump. Like Jenije, Young also used a career-best jump to climb on the podium for the first time. Young set PR's on two of his first three jumps of the competition, leaping an all-time best 16.00m (52-6) on his third attempt to secure a sixth place finish.

Hannah Brooks opened the final night of the two-day championship with a sixth-place finish in the mile run. Seven of the 10 Seminoles who made the trip closed the indoor season on the podium at the national championship meet.

MIAMI

Devon Hill turned in the best performance of his career to earn the silver medal in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Hill finished one-hundreth of a second behind the winner in 7.55, setting a new personal best, a Jacksons Indoor Track record and a new UM school record. Hill won his heat and had the third-fastest preliminary time (7.60) entering the finals. The Trenton, N.J. native earned his second All-America honor in as many seasons, improving on his third-place finish from a year ago.

NORTH CAROLINA

Parker Smith earned All-America honors for the second time to lead the Tar Heels on the first day of competition at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships. Smith cleared a personal-best height of 17-8 ½ to tie for eighth and earn First Team All-America honors for the second time in his career. Smith tied for fourth place with a height of 17-2 ¾ at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Freshman Andrew Irwin of Arkansas won the event after clearing 18-2 ½.

Sandi Morris competed in her second NCAA Championships, finishing 11th in the women's pole vault after clearing 13-9 1/4 on her first attempt. Morris also took 11th at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, although she improved her final height by nearly eight inches this meet, as she cleared 13-1 1/2 last year.

The women's 4x400 team of seniors Danielle Brock, Tasha Stanley, Zoey Russell and Elizabeth Mott took ninth with a time of 3:35.20, finishing just .51 seconds out of the top eight. After setting a school record with their automatic qualifying time of 3:33.97 just last week at the Alex Wilson Invitational, the same relay ran the third-best time in school history over the weekend.

NC STATE

Ryan Hill took first-team All-America honors after finishing fifth in the 3,000 meters over the weekend. Hill, who set the ACC and NC State record in the same even earlier this season with the fastest time ever run by an American collegiate runner, posted a time of 7:50.44 in the race.

For Hill, the award marks the second time in his track career that he has earned first-team All-America honors. He was a first-team selection in the outdoor 5,000 meters after finishing seventh as a freshman. He was also a second-team selection after finishing ninth as a sophomore in the 3,000 meters a season ago.

VIRGINIA

Senior Marcus Robinson finished fifth in the men’s triple jump and junior Morgane Gay crossed the line fifth in the women’s mile to earn both competitors All-America honors for the Cavaliers program.

Robinson was a second-team All-American a season ago at the indoor championships, placing 11th overall. As for Gay, she becomes the first Virginia individual female to score at the national indoor meet since Tomika Ferguson finished eighth in the 2007 triple jump. Gay finished the mile in a time of 4:40.62.

The All-American honors was the fifth of its kind for Gay in her career as a Cavalier. She also earned citations at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the 2011 indoor meet and the 2009 and 2011 outdoor meets.

VIRGINIA TECH

Virginia Tech senior Marcel Lomnicky (Nitra, Slovakia) won the national championship in the weight throw in his final competition for the Hokies on the second and final day of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track &! Field Championship at the Jacksons Indoor Track Saturday. In addition, junior Alexander Ziegler (weight throw, third), senior Hasheem Halim (triple jump, third), freshmen Martina Schultze (pole vault, seventh) and Victoria von Eynatten (pole vault tie-eighth), all earned podium finishes and first team All-America honors for Tech.

Tech’s men finished tied for ninth in the team race with 22 points, its best-ever finish at the indoor nationals as Lomnicky, Ziegler and Halim scored for the Hokies.

Lomnicky was steady throughout as he improved his mark on each of his first fourth throws, hitting his best mark of 72 feet, three and three quarter inches (22.04m) on his fourth toss.

Ziegler was third in the weight throw hitting a best mark of 70-10 (21.59m) on his first throw and he now becomes a five-time All-American. Ziegler has finished third or better in each of the five national meets he has competed in at Tech.

Senior Hasheem Halim also had an outstanding day as he finished third in the triple jump. Halim had a double PR as he reset his own school record for the third time this season mark with a jump of 53-6.5 (16.32m) on his fifth attempt. He initially posted a PR of 53-3.5 (16.24m) on his first jump. Halim is now a three-time All-American in the triple jump.

In the women’s pole vault, Schultze finished seventh with a mark of 13-11.25 (4.25m), as she posted second attempt clearances at the first three bars and then a third attempt clearance at 4.25m. von Eynatten started strong with a clean sheet through the first three heights. She then passed at 4.25m and like Schultze, could not negotiate the bar at 14-1.25 (4.30m).

Junior Ronnie Black placed 13th in the high jump with a mark of 7-0.5 (2.15m). Black cleared the opening bar of 6-10.75 (2.10m) on his second attempt and then went over the 2.15m bar on his first attempt before faltering at 7-2.5 (2.20m). Black’s 13th place finish puts him in position for second team All-America honors.