Miami Women, Florida State Men Capture ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship
Feb. 19, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - After 34 total events on the women's and men's side, the Miami women and Florida State men were crowned 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field Champions.
The Hurricanes, under the direction of Amy Deem, won their first-ever ACC indoor title in their inaugural season accumulating 138 points. North Carolina finished in second place with 100 points, followed closely in third by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets with 98 points. The Duke Blue Devils tallied 65 points to finish in fourth, the highest finish by the Blue Devils in indoor history. Clemson placed fifth with 55.5 points and Florida State in sixth with 52 points. Finishing seventh through 11th were Wake Forest (38), NC State (37), Virginia Tech (36.50), Maryland (32) and Virginia (11).
On the men's side, Florida State captured its third consecutive indoor title and fourth overall under the tutelage of head coach Bob Braman. The Seminoles tallied 162.50 points to win the title by just 2.5 points over second place Clemson (160). It was the second closest finish to a Men's ACC Indoor Championship since 1996 when North Carolina edged NC State by one point (148.5 to 147.5). North Carolina finished third with 65 points, while Virginia came in fourth with 54 points. Georgia Tech placed fifth with 50 points, followed in sixth by the Virginia Tech Hokies (43.50). Finishing seventh through 11th were Wake Forest (38), NC State (37), Maryland (27), Duke (16) and Miami (10).
Miami's Kimberli Barrett claimed the women's shot put title on her first attempt of the afternoon establishing an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 59-08.25 (18.19m). The mark set an Eddie Smith Field House record and stands as the league's top mark this season. North Carolina's Kelly Fazekas and Jocelyn White placed second (49-08.25, 15.14m) and third (48-09.00, 14.86m), respectively.
The men's high jump competition had to be settled with a jump off as both Adam Linkenauger of Clemson and Jerome Miller of Georgia Tech cleared 6-11.75 (2.13m) in the first attempt but could not get over the bar at 2.16m. In the jump off with the bar set at 6-11, Linkenauger sailed over the bar on his first attempt to successfully defend his title. Miller finished in second, while Michael Hill of NC State and Shawn Allen of Florida State tied for third (6-09.75, 2.08m).
In the women's one-mile run, Duke's Shannon Rowbury ran a season best time of 4:38.66, becoming the first Blue Devil to win the mile in conference meet history. The time also met NCAA automatic qualifying standards. North Carolina's Erin Donohue finished in second place crossing the finish line in a time of 4:42.04, while the Blue Devils' Liz Wort rounded out medalist honors with a third place finish at 4:50.27.
In the men's one-mile run, Florida State grabbed spots one and two as Tom Lancashire (4:09.08) and Ian Hornabrook (4:10.26) finished in first and second place, respectively. Wolfpack freshman Chris Kollar placed third in a time of 4:11.10.
The Yellow Jackets' Montrell Person won back-to-back titles in the men's 60m hurdles crossing the finish line with an NCAA provisional time of 7.81. North Carolina's Kevin Watson (7.975) nudged Clemson's Roy Cheney (7.978) for second place by three one-thousandths of a second.
Clemson's Gisele Oliveira successfully defended her title in the women's triple jump setting a new Eddie Smith Field House record with an NCAA automatic mark of 43-09.75 (13.35m). Tabia Charles of Miami placed second with a jump of 43-04.50 (13.22m), while Georgia Tech's Brandy Depland finished in third (42-09.50, 13.04m).
Dana Rogers of Georgia Tech ran an NCAA provisional, conference and personal best time of 8.26 to win the women's 60m hurdles. Rogers joins Andria King as the only other Yellow Jacket to win the hurdles event at the indoor championships. Miami's Dominique Darden finished in second place (8.32), while Georgia Tech's Shantia Moss placed third (8.34).
In the women's 400m dash, Charlette Greggs of Miami claimed the title in an Eddie Smith Field House record time of 53.48. Ashlee Kidd of Georgia Tech took second place honors in a time of 53.94, while Clemson's Silja Ulfarsdottir crossed the tape in third at 54.10. All three times recorded met NCAA provisional qualifying standards.
Ricardo Chambers of Florida State took the top spot in the men's 400m dash winning the event in a time of 47.65. Brian Ford of Georgia Tech finished in second place at 47.86. Wake Forest's Eric Seely claimed third place honors in a time of 48.82.
Georgia Tech's Andriane Lapsley became the fourth Yellow Jacket to win the women's 60m dash in the events eight year existence as she crossed the finish line in a time of 7.45. Seminole senior Kimberly Walker finished in second place at 7.53, while Miami's India Ransom placed third with a time of 7.56.
Florida State's Walter Dix became the first Seminole to win the 60m dash since the inception of the event in 1998, breaking a seven year winning streak by the Clemson Tigers. Dix won the event with a time of 6.74. The Tigers' Tye Hill finished second with a time of 6.76, followed in third place by Gerrick McPhearson of Maryland (6.80).
The Tar Heels swept the field in the women's 800m run as senior Erin Donohue captured the title in a time of 2:10.98. Danielle Rodgers finished in second (2:11.50) and Georgia Kloss rounded out medalist honors in third place with her time of 2:11.89.
McGavock Dunbar of Virginia won the men's 800m run in a time of 1:52.18. He becomes the first Cavalier to win the event since Ben Kurgat won back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992. Miami's Tim Harris placed second with a time of 1:52.57, while Tommy Noyes of Florida State finished in third at 1:52.79.
Lacy Janson of Florida State won her third women's pole vault title as she cleared the bar at 12-07.50 (3.85m) to win the event. Maryland's Zhanna Barer finished in second place with a mark of 12-03.50 (3.75m), while Virginia Tech's Erin Mahony and North Carolina's Tatyana Kirichenko tied for third.
Rafeeq Curry successfully defended his title in the men's triple jump competition establishing a winning mark of 52-04.75 (15.97m). Curry becomes just the fourth, three-time champion in the triple jump event in ACC history. Jason Bell of Clemson finished in second place with a jump of 51-01.75. Duke's Jade Ellis placed third at 50-00.00 (15.24m).
In the women's 200m dash final, Miami's Dominique Darden claimed the title with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 24.07. The Yellow Jackets' finished two, three as Andriane Lapsley and Ashlee Kidd crossed the finish line in times of 24.12 and 24.13, respectively.
Dix of Florida State captured his second event title of the afternoon taking the men's 200m dash in a time of 21.12. Clemson's Ron Richards placed second (21.44), while Ford of Georgia Tech came in third (21.60).
North Carolina's Vikas Gowda set an ACC and Eddie Smith Field House record in the men's shot put competition with his throw of 64-03.75 (19.60m), good for an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Garrett Johnson of Florida State established an automatic qualifying mark of his own at 63-08.25 (19.41m) to finish in second. Virginia Tech's Ryan Norwood placed third (59-11.00, 18.26m) to round out medalist honors.
Rowbury of Duke won her second event of the afternoon as she captured the women's 3K in a time of 9:20.74. The win was the first of any kind by a Blue Devil distance runner in that event. 5000m champion Annie Bersagel of Wake Forest finished in second place (9:27.09), followed by Paige Miller of Duke (9:29.20)in third.
In the men's 3000m run, the Seminoles' Andrew Lemoncello took first place honors finishing in a time of 8:12.42. Clemson's Itay Magidi, Friday's 5K winner, and Derrick Wyatt finished in second and third place, respectively crossing the finish line in times of 8:13.78 and 8:13.94. The event victory for the Seminoles gave them just a half point lead heading into the final event of the championship.
In the final event of the afternoon, the Miami Hurricanes claimed the women's 4x400m relay in record setting fashion to win their first ever ACC Indoor title. The team of Genoa Etienne, Dominique Darden, Charlette Greggs and Lauren Austin finished the race in a time of 3:39.21, setting a new league championship record in the process.
On the men's side, the winner between the Seminoles and Tigers would determine the 2005 ACC Indoor Championship. Florida State would come out on top crossing the finish line in a time of 3:14.07. Clemson was second (3:16.04) followed by Maryland in third (3:17.94). The Seminole relay team comprised of Greg Johnson, Elliot Wood, Walter Dix and Ricardo Chambers.
Final Men's Standings (After 17 Events Scored) 1) Florida State 162.50 2) Clemson 160 3) North Carolina 65 4) Virginia 54 5) Georgia Tech 50 6) Virginia Tech 43.50 7) Wake Forest 38 8) NC State 37 9) Maryland 27 10) Duke 16 11) Miami 10