FSU Men, UNC Women Win 2004 ACC Indoor Track & Field Titles
Feb. 21, 2004
CLEMSON, S.C. - After 34 total events on the men's and women's side, the Florida State men and North Carolina women were crowned 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field Champions.
The Seminoles, under the direction of first year head coach Bob Braman, won their second straight indoor title and third overall accumulating 164 points. Clemson finished in second with 142 points, followed by NC State in third with 88 points. North Carolina and Georgia Tech finished in fourth (83) and fifth (72), respectively. Finishing sixth through ninth were Virginia (35), Duke (27), Maryland (25) and Wake Forest (23).
On the women's side, North Carolina captured their second consecutive indoor title and 15th overall under the tutelage of head coach Dennis Craddock. The Tar Heels finished the meet in first with 124.5 points. The Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech finished second with 109 points, followed by Clemson (97) and NC State (91.5). Florida State placed fifth (78), Maryland sixth (50.5), Wake Forest seventh (48.5), Duke eighth (36.5) and Virginia ninth (26.5).
In the men's weight throw competition, sophomore Nick Owens of North Carolina captured the title with a personal best and conference leading mark of 61' 1.5" (18.63m). Maryland's John Collins and the Wolfpack's James Rowall rounded out the top three.
Brendon Mahoney won the men's one-mile run Saturday afternoon crossing the finish line in a time of 4:12.31. It was the second victory for Mahoney in this event, his first dating back to the 2000 season. The Seminoles garnered the second and third place spots with Tom Lancashire (4:12.69) and Ian Hornabrook (4:12.90), respectively.
In the women's one-mile run, Florida State's Natalie Hughes made a late surge becoming the first Seminole runner to win the indoor mile in a time of 4:48.46, good for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. The Tar Heels' Erin Donohue finished in second with a provisional time of 4:48.63, followed by Duke's Shannon Rowbury who placed third with a provisional time of 4:48.73.
Freshman Adam Linkenauger of Clemson won the men's high jump competition achieving a personal best and provisional qualifying mark of 7' 2.2.5"(2.19m). His mark is tops in the ACC this season. Georgia Tech's Michael Massey placed second, while John Hubbard of North Carolina finished third.
The top three finishers in the men's 60m hurdles earned provisional qualifying marks for the NCAA Championship. Montrell Person crossed the finish line in first with a time of 7.88. Person became the first Yellow Jacket to win the 60m hurdle event at the Indoor Championship. Wake Forest's Michael Loyd finished second in a time of 7.89, while Roy Cheney of Clemson placed third at 7.93.
Junior Ebony Foster improved on her season best time in the women's 60m hurdles after taking the event in a time of 8.22. Dana Rogers of Georgia Tech and Porsha Dobson of North Carolina finished in second (8.39) and third (8.47), respectively.
Clemson's Gisele Oliveira captured her second ACC Indoor title of the weekend with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 44' 1.5" (13.45m) in the women's triple jump competition. Georgia Tech finished two, three with Shanta Smith (42' 10.75") and Chaunte Howard (41' 5.25"). The finish by Howard was her third top three finish of the weekend.
Ashlee Kidd of Georgia Tech won the women's 400m dash with a provisional qualifying time of 53.50. On the men's side, Florida State's Sean Campbell took the honors with a season-best time of 48.11.
Senior sprinter, Felicia Fent of NC State captured the women's 60m dash in a time of 7.39. Fent's time is the fastest recorded in the ACC this season. For the men, Clemson's Tye Hill crossed the finish line in a time of 6.73 to win the men's 60m dash. The Tigers extended their winning streak in the event to seven and have yet to relinquish the men's title since it originated in 1998.
Brendon Mahoney won his second event of the afternoon claiming the men's 800m in a time of 1:53.77. Wake Forest's Nikeya Green became the first Demon Deacon woman to win the 800m since Mia Richardson in 1994. Green crossed the finish line in first with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:06.69.
Florida State's Brian Dziagai was victorious in the men's 200m dash finishing in a time 21.44, good for an NCAA provisional qualifying time. For the women in the 200m dash, Silja Ulfarsdottir of Clemson won the event crossing the finish line at 23.96.
Laura Gerraughty of North Carolina successfully defended her title in the women's weight throw taking the event with a mark of 65' 0.75" (19.83m). The throw by Gerraughty was a season best and is the top mark in the ACC this season. It was the second top finish for Gerraughty at this year's ACC Championship.
The women's pole vault title went to junior Tatyana Kirichenko of North Carolina who cleared the bar at 12' 11.5" (3.95m) to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship. The Tar Heel's Rhian Jenks and the Blue Devil's Laura Chen finished in second and third, respectively.
Sophomore Rafeeq Curry won his second straight title in the men's triple jump. Curry provisionally jumped 51' 9" (15.77m) to win the event for the Seminoles. It is the fifth straight year Florida State has captured this event.
In the 3000m competition, Joep Tigchelaar of Florida State was crowned the men's champion with a time of 8:18.10, while Kristin Price of NC State defended her title on the women's side crossing the finish line in a time of 9:22.41.
Trailing by 152 points after day one of competition in the inaugural men's heptathlon, senior Rick Hill earned an NCAA automatic qualifier with 5528 points. Hill won four of the seven events including the 60m dash, shot put, 60m hurdles and 1000m run. Brent Hobbs, the leader after day one, finished in second with 5393 points. Rounding out the top three was Robert Bates of North Carolina who scored 5270 points.
The 2004 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship concluded with the men's and women's 4x400m relay. On the men's side, Florida State won their second straight title crossing the finish line in a time of 3:14.74. For the women, the Clemson Tigers finished in first with a time of 3:41.08.
Men's Results (After 17 events recorded)