Florida State Men, Clemson Women Claim ACC Indoor Track Championships
Feb. 27, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Florida State played catch-up most of Saturday afternoon, but a fast finish allowed the Seminoles to raise the ACC Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship trophy for the eighth straight year.
Propelled by a sweep of the gold, bronze and silver medals in the 200-meter dash, coach Bob Braman's Seminoles pulled ahead over the final three running events to finish with 107 team points.
North Carolina placed second with 103.5 points, followed by host Virginia Tech with 97 and Virginia with 77. NC State tallied 63 team points to round out the top five.
The Men's Indoor Championship is the ninth overall for FSU, which captured its first in 1994.
Clemson, coached by Lawrence Johnson, brought home the Tigers' second ACC Women's Track and Field Indoor title and their first since 1992. Clemson took an 18-point lead into Saturday's final session and kept a comfortable lead with consistent performances throughout the final 11 events.
The Tigers finished with a strong 145.5 points. Florida State finished second with 93, followed by Virginia Tech with 74, Duke with 60 and Miami with 56.
The exciting final day featured an ACC-record and site best-tying record performance by Virginia Tech's Queen Harrison in the women's 60 meter hurdles. Harrison's blazing time of 7.94 topped the 24-hour mark of 7.99 she set in Friday's qualifying heat.
Just minutes after completing that record run, Harrison raced to another gold-medal time in the 400-meter dash, posting a winning time of 53.06.
And Florida State's Kimberly Williams set an ACC record of 46-8¼ in the women/s triple jump, assuring her of her third straight gold medal in the event and giving her the top two distances in the NCAA this year. Saturday's attempt leads the NCAA this season, set a Rector Field House record, and was just two centimeters off the all-time NCAA record.
Florida State's tide-turning men's 200 meter dash performance came in the 14th of the meet's 17 events and saw Charles Clark post a gold-medal time of 20.67 - the fastest in the NCAA this season. Teammates Maurice Mitchell (20.87) and Brandan Byram (21.04) rounded out the top three.
Entering the final three events, North Carolina led with 88.5 points, followed by Florida State with 88 and Virginia with 72.
The Seminoles then slipped into the lead behind Matthew Leeder's second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run. NC State's John Martinez won the gold medal in the event with a time of 8:09.77.
Virginia Tech moved into contention with a medals sweep in the pole vault. Hunter Hall grabbed the gold with a winning vault of 17-8½, while Jared Jodon claimed the silver and Yavgenjy Olhovsky the bronze. But Florida State's third-place finish in the 4x400 relay (behind North Carolina and Clemson) proved enough to maintain the overall lead.
The men's mile run saw Virginia Tech sophomore Michael Hammond's strong finish net a winning time of 4:10:36, edging North Carolina's Adam Cunningham (4:10.50) and Duke's Cory Nanni (4:10.63).
Miami sophomore Devon Hill posted a winning time of 7.78 in the 60-meter hurdles, while North Carolina freshman Clayton Parros led the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.02.
Virginia placed the top two runners in the men's 800-meter run as freshman Robby Andrews took the gold with a time of 1;50.73 and sophomore Lance Roller placed second at 1:51.21.
In the men's 60-meter dash, Florida State's Mitchell led all sprinters with a first-place time of 6.66, a fraction ahead of NC State's A'Tolani Akinkuoto (6.67).
Georgia Tech senior Steve Marcele earned a gold medal in the men's shot put for the third year in a row with a winning throw of 61-11. Georgia Tech bagged another gold medal in the men's triple jump, where Alphonso Jordan posted a winning distance of 53-4¼.
Clemson led the women's scoring heading into Saturday, and April Sinkler kept the Tigers' momentum flowing in the day's first event by successfully defending her 2009 individual title in the high jump. Sinkler, who is also a two-time winner in the women's long jump, cleared the bar with an NCAA-qualifying leap of 6-0¾.
A first-place finish by freshman Brianna Rollins in 200-meter dash helped the Tigers further solidify their 2010 championship.
The women's mile featured a 1-2 finish by the Semionles' Pilar McShine (4.44.62) and Amanda Winslow (4:46.95). McShine captured the silver medal in 2009. The 800-meter runs saw Boston College's Caitlin Bailey take home the gold medal for the second consecutive year with a time of 2:07.64.
Boston College captured another gold medal in a women's running event as senior Mallory Champa set the pace in the 3,000 meters.
Virginia's Maureen Laffan won the women's shot put with a throw of 52-4¾, a fraction ahead of the throw of 52-4½ by Lawanda Henry of NC State.
The women's 4x400 relay concluded the day's events, and Clemson added an exclamation point with another gold medal. The Tigers posted a winning time of 3:35.76, breaking the standing ACC record of 3:38.40 set by Miami in 2006.