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April 23, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The most valuable performers of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship were announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. Men’s Track MVP Maurice Mitchell of Florida State, Men’s Field MVP Alphonso Jordan of Georgia Tech, Women’s Track MVP Queen Harrison of Virginia Tech, and Women’s Field MVP April Sinkler of Clemson were selected in a vote by the head coaches following last weekend’s championships, which were held at the Rock Norman Track Complex on the Clemson University campus. Each won the same honor for the ACC indoor championship.
Mitchell, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., is the third Seminole to be named track MVP of the outdoor championship since 2007 when the conference began selecting an MVP in track and field events separately. He scored 25 points for champion Florida State, which won at least a share of its eighth men’s outdoor crown in the last nine years, including the last six straight. He won a pair of sprint titles and was part of two winning relay teams. Mitchell’s 10.11 performance in the 100-meter dash and 20.25 performance in the 200-meter dash topped the field and set championship and track records, respectively. He also ran the third leg on both the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay squads that finished in first place. Entering the 1,600-meter relay—the final event of the championship—Florida State trailed Virginia Tech for first place in the meet, but raced to a 3:08.90 time to place first in the event and claim the overall championship in come-from-behind fashion.
Jordan, a senior from Charlotte, N.C., won his second consecutive outdoor triple jump title by leaping a championship and track record 54-6.50 to earn All-ACC status at his fourth outdoor championship meet and help Georgia Tech to a seventh-place finish. He also came in fifth in the long jump with a hop of 23-6.00. Jordan is the third straight Yellow Jacket to win the award after James Lemons and current Georgia Tech senior Steve Marcelle were selected field MVP in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
Harrison, a senior from Richmond, Va., re-wrote the record books en route to her second consecutive outdoor track MVP accolade. She won the 100-meter hurdles for the second straight year and the 400-meter hurdles for the third straight year, setting ACC, championship meet, and track records in each event. Her 12.44 time in the 100-meter hurdles and 55.66 time in the 400-meter hurdles accounted for 20 of Harrison’s 22 points at the championship, helping the Hokies to a sixth-place showing.
Sinkler, a junior from Stafford, Va., led all women’s competitors in scoring with 25 points in guiding the Tigers to their first outdoor championship since 1999. Sinkler claimed the first two All-ACC honors of her career by winning both the long jump in a leap of 21-0.75, and the high jump with a mark of 5-11.25. Her performance in the high jump tied with two other performers for first place, but Sinkler held the tie-breaking advantage. She also leaped 42-11.00 in the triple jump, good for fourth place.
The ACC outdoor track & field season continues this weekend with the entirety of the conference competing at the 116th Annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa.