ACC Indoor Track & Field; VT Men, Clemson Women Stand Tall
Feb. 26, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Rector Field House provided a history-making stage for the Virginia Tech men and a rousing encore for the Clemson women.
The two programs stood tall as team winners at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
The Virginia Tech men not only captured their first ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship in seven years as members of the conference, they became the first men's host team to win the event since Maryland prevailed at College Park in 1979.
The Clemson women won their second straight ACC championship and their third overall. Coach Lawrence Johnson's team followed much the same formula as in 2010 by seizing control on Friday and staying comfortably ahead of the field throughout the final day.
Virginia Tech led the men's field with 140 points. Florida State, which had led the field in each of the eight previous Championships, was second with 98. NC State place third place with 83.5.
Florida State junior sprinter Maurice Mitchell was named the men's MVP for the running events, while Clemson senior Alex Padgett earned field events MVP.
Clemson's 152 team points set the pace for the women's field, followed by Florida State with 100 and North Carolina at 69. Virginia Tech placed fourth with 65.5, a half-point ahead of fifth-place Miami.
Tiger sophomore Stormy Kendrick was named the women's MVP of the running events, while Clemson senior April Sinkler took honors in the field events.
As has been the case in recent years, defending men's champion Florida State made a strong push with stellar showings in several running events. The Seminoles actually pulled ahead briefly on Saturday. But the Hokies met the challenge with medal performances in a number of key events, particularly the pole vault competition. Virginia Tech's final 42-point margin of victory wound up the largest since 2008, when Florida State led its nearest competition by 50 ½ points. The Hokies' 140 team points were most scored in the meet since FSU's 160.5 in 2006.
Coach Dave Cianelli's Virginia Tech men, who held a 19-point lead on Florida State entering Saturday's competition, wasted little time in adding to their cushion.
The Hokies' Michael Hammond successfully defended his conference title in the men's mile run. Hammond posted a winning time of 4:07,47 to prevail in an air-tight race that saw silver medalist Ryan McDermott of Duke check in at 4:07,56 and bronze medalist Brett Johnson of Virginia at 4:07.93.
Miami broke into the scoring column for the first time in the men's 60-meter hurdles, thanks to a winning time of 7.76 by junior Devon Hill. The time was two-tenths of a second faster than the gold medal time Hill posted in winning last year.
The closest race of the Championship came in the men's 60-meter dash which saw Florida State's Mitchell defend his 2010 title with a run of 6.62 - and edging N.C. State's T.J. Graham by four one-thousandths of a second.
The 400 meter dash also saw a repeat winner from 2010, as North Carolina sophomore Clayton Parris posted a first-place time of 47.14. Virginia freshman Anthony Kostelac grabbed the gold medal in the men's 800 meter run, leading the field with a time of 1:49.24.
Mitchell and Graham engaged in another tight race in the 200-meter dash, with Mitchell again prevailing with a time of 20.76, and Graham earning the silver at 20.79. NC State sophomore Ryan Hill claimed the men's 3,0000-meter run with a time of 8:03.57.
Florida State moved ahead of Virginia Tech in the team scoring at the conclusion of the shot put, as junior Michael Putman's winning throw of 58-1 ¼ provided the Seminoles with 10 points and an 89-87 edge in the overall points standings.
But FSU's lead proved short-lived as Virginia Tech took four of the top five spots in the next event to be scored - the men's pole vault. Gold medalist Stephan Munz led the group with a gold-medal vault of 17-9 (5.41 m), pushing the Hokies to a 23-point lead in the standings.
The pole vault blitz proved similar to Friday's men's weight throw, which saw Virginia Tech claim the top three spots in that event. Interestingly, Saturday's event was the first official Virginia Tech competition ever for Munz, a sophomore transfer student from Germany.
Virginia's Marcus Robinson won the long jump with a distance of 52-8, but Virginia Tech maintained control of the scoring as junior Hasheem Halim claimed the silver medal and sophomore David Wilson took the bronze.
The meet concluded with the men's 1600 relay, and Clemson's Justin Murdock, Miller Moss, Jordan Rispress and La'Mont Jackson set the winning pace of 3:10.47.
Florida State sophomore Amanda Winslow captured the first running event of Saturday's women's session, racing to the gold medal in the mile run with a time of 4:40.49. Winslow edged Duke senior Kate Van Buskirk by less than two-tenths of a second.
Clemson then began adding to its lead in the women's team scoring as sophomore Jasmine Edgerson posted a first-place time of 8.17 in the 60-meter hurdles and teammate Bridgette Owens claimed the silver medal.
The Tigers were also victorious in the women's 400-meter dash, as sophomore Marlena Wesh's time of 53.10 led the field. Clemson also dominated the 60-meter dash, as Kendrick led with a time of 7.28 and Edgerson captured the silver medal.
Boston College captured its first gold medal in the women's 800 meters, as junior Caroline King placed first with a time of 2:06.28. With King's victory, the Eagles secured first-place points in the event for the third straight year.
Miami's Tarika Williams placed first in a competitive women's 200-meter field, edging Clemson's Kendrick and Wesh to claim the gold with a run of 23.27.
After setting the ACC record in the women's triple jump in 2010, Florida State's Kimberly Williams successfully defended her title with an NCAA qualifying distance of 45-9 ¾. It was the second gold medal of this year's meet for Williams, who won the long jump on Friday. Williams also became the first woman to capture the event of her four years as an ACC competitor.
The host Hokies claimed the women's shot put, thanks to freshman Samira Burkhardt's throw of 52-1 ¼ (15.88 m) on her sixth attempt.
An ACC Championship record fell in the women's 3,000-meter run, which saw Wake Forest senior Anna Nosenko take the gold medal with an NCAA qualifying time of 9:12.02. It was the second gold medal of this year's Championship for Nosenko, who captured the women's 5,000-meter championship on Friday.
Clemson put an exclamation point on its Championship with a winning effort in the1600 relay. The Tigers posted a winning time of 3:37.26 , with Kendrick's strong kick on the final leg providing the difference.
For complete results of the 2011 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship, please visit the ACC's official championship website: http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-itf-livestats.html
Please see below for final team scores and the All-ACC finishers in each of this year's events.
Men's Team Scoring
Women's Team Scoring
Top-Three Finishers (All-ACC)
Men's High Jump
Men's Long Jump
Men's Weight Throw
Men's Shot Put
Men's Pole Vault
Men's Triple Jump
Men's 5000 Meter Run
Men's Distance Medley Relay (First-place finisher All-ACC)
Men's Mile Run
Men's 60 Meter Hurdles
Men's 400 Meter Dash
Men's 60 Meter Dash
Men's 800 Meter Run
Men's 200 Meter Dash
Men's 3000 Meter Run
Men's 1600 Relay (First-place finisher All-ACC)
Women's Weight Throw
Women's Long Jump
Women's Pole Vault
Women's High Jump
Women's Shot Put
Women's Triple Jump
Women's 5000 Meter Run
Women's Distance Medley Relay (First-place finisher All-ACC)
Women's Mile Run
Women's 60 Meter Hurdles
Women's 400 Meter Dash
Women's 60 Meter Dash
Women's 800 Meter Run
Women's 200 Meter Dash
Women's 3000 Meter Run
Women's 1600 Relay (First-place finisher All-ACC)
! - NCAA Automatic Qualifier