Florida State Men, Miami Women Repeat As ACC Outdoor Track & Field Champions
April 22, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - For the second straight year, the Florida State men and Miami women were crowned ACC Outdoor Track & Field Champions. The Seminoles and Hurricanes used solid performances from their entire squads to claim victory on the third and final day of competition at Kentner Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest University.
The Seminoles posted their fourth title in the last five years tallying 161 points. Clemson was the runner-up with 119 points. Wake Forest placed third with 106 points, just its third top-three finish in league history and its highest finish since placing third in 1999. Virginia finished fourth with 88 points, while North Carolina was fifth with 85 points. Rounding out spots six through 12 were NC State (60), Virginia Tech (58), Georgia Tech (52.50), Miami (39), Maryland (23.50), Duke (23) and Boston College (3).
Miami accumulated 154 points to win its second straight women's outdoor title. Florida State finished in second place with 112 points, while North Carolina followed in third with 105 points. The Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech placed fourth with 86 points and Virginia Tech was fifth with 73.50 points. Rounding out spots six through 12 were Virginia (56.50), Duke (51), Maryland (51), NC State (47), Clemson (40), Wake Forest (24) and Boston College (19).
Duke's Daina Pucurs got things started on day three of competition with a win in the women's javelin. Pucurs threw a season-best mark of 168-08 (51.42m) on her first attempt to give the Blue Devils their first individual title in the women's javelin in school history. Virginia Tech's Saskia Triesscheijn followed her heptathlon victory on Saturday with a second place finish establishing a mark of 145-06 (44.35m). Kaitlin Nazario of Miami placed third setting a school record with a throw of 143-02 (43.64m). All three marks met NCAA regional qualifying standards.
In the first running event of the afternoon, Wake Forest claimed the men's 4x100m relay. The Demon Deacon squad of Michael Bingham, Mike Loyd, Willie Idlette and Kevin Marion crossed the finish line in a time of 39.62. It's just the second win for the Deacs in the 400m relay and first since taking the title back in 1999. The Florida State Seminoles finished in second with a time of 39.89, while Miami placed third at 40.83.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets successfully defended its title in the women's 4x100m relay as the team of Shantrell Moss, Ashlee Kidd, Andriane Lapsley and Jaqua Williams finished ahead of the pack in a time of 44.41. Miami placed second crossing the finish line in a time of 44.65. The Seminoles of Florida State rounded out the top three finishing in a time of 45.58.
Florida State swept the 1500m run as Tom Lancashire repeated on the men's side, while Natalie Hughes reclaimed the women's title. Lancashire shattered the ACC meet record finishing in a time of 3:42.13, a mark previously set in 1985 by Per Kristoffersen of Maryland (3:43.91), Chris Kollar of NC State finished in second (3:47.71), while Virginia's Kevin McHale placed third in a time of 3:48.30.
Hughes won the women's 1500m for the second time in three years crossing the finish line in the league's fastest time of 2006 at 4:19.21. North Carolina's Megan Kaltenbach (4:20.54) and NC State's Julia Lucas (4:21.87) finished in second and third, respectively.
Maryland's Dominic Berger registered the Terrapins' first win in 28 years in the men's 110m hurdles finishing in a top time of 13.78. The win is the first for the Terps since Greg Robertson posted four straight victories from 1976 to 1979. Berger edged second place finisher Lance Leggett of Miami by one, one-hundredths of a second (13.79). Wake Forest's Mike Loyd finished in third with a time of 14.24.
Georgia Tech captured the women's 100m hurdles for the second straight year as Shantia Moss crossed the finish line at 13.18, the fastest time in the ACC this year. Yellow Jacket teammate and 2005 champion Fatmata Fofanah placed second in a time of 13.30. Miami's Dominique Darden rounded out medalist honors in third with a time of 13.37.
Brian Mondschein of Virginia Tech won his second straight outdoor title in the pole vault clearing 17-08.50 (5.40m). It was the highest vault recorded in meet history since 1992 when FSU's Jeff Bray set the current meet record of 18-06.50. Clemson's Mitch Greeley, the 2006 Indoor pole vault champion, finished in second with a mark of 16-02.75 (4.95m), while Matt Hurley of Florida State garnered third place honors with the same mark.
In the men's 400m dash, Ricardo Chambers of Florida State became the first repeat winner since North Carolina's Milton Campbell won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998. Chambers recorded the fastest time in the ACC this season at 45.52. Wake Forest went two, three as Willie Idlette finished in a time of 46.82, followed by Michael Bingham at 46.87.
Miami's Charlette Greggs successfully defended her title in the women's 400m dash crossing the finish line in a winning time of 51.95. It's the fastest time posted in the ACC this season and a regional qualifying mark. Hurricane teammate Ginou Etienne finished second in a regional time of 52.18. Georgia Tech's Ashlee Kidd placed third with a time of 53.67.
Senior Rafeeq Curry of Florida State won his second straight conference championship in the men's triple jump establishing a winning mark of 50-09.50 (15.48m). Clemson's Jason Bell placed second (50-06.00, 15.39m), followed in third place by Seminole senior Johnta Griffin (49-08.25, 15.14m).
Clemson's Travis Padgett posted a win in the men's 100m dash clocking in at 10.35, the sixth victory for the Tigers in the 100m in the last nine years. Florida State's Greg Bolden and Michael Ray Garvin finished in second and third, respectively with times of 10.51 and 10.58.
Georgia Tech won its third straight title in the women's 100m dash as senior Andriane Lapsley successfully defended her title, crossing the finish line in first at 11.51. Miami's India Ransom placed second in a time of 11.68. Freshman Patrice Potts of Virginia Tech finished in third (11.81).
In the men's 800m, Miami's Tim Harris claimed victory posting a time of 1:49.58 to take the event. Tommy Noyes of Florida State finished second in a time of 1:51.09, while Virginia's Kevin McHale posted his second, third-place finish of the afternoon finishing in a time of 1:51.79.
North Carolina's Georgia Kloss ran the fastest time in the ACC this year to win the women's 800m in a time of 2:04.53. It's the second consecutive win for the Tar Heels in the event and fourth in the last six years. Tar Heel teammate Megan Kaltenbach placed second at 2:08.38 followed closing behind in third place by Miami's Ena Leufroy (2:08.66).
North Carolina's Laura Gerraughty registered her third win of the outdoor meet claiming the women's discus throw with a regional qualifying mark of 179-00 (54.55m). Gerraughty becomes just the second athlete in ACC history to win the discus, shot put and hammer throw events in the same outdoor meet joining Clemson's Jamine Moton, who performed the same feat back in 2001. The Cavaliers' Billie-Jo Grant placed second with a throw of 176-10 (53.90m) and Miami's Khadija Talley was third (174-02, 53.10m).
The Hurricanes registered their second men's event title of the day as Lance Leggett crossed the finish line in first with a season-best and regional qualifying time of 51.83 in the 400m hurdles. Florida State's Javier Garcia-Tunon was second with a time of 52.72, while Reggie Berry of North Carolina grabbed the third spot at 52.93.
Dominique Darden of Miami would garner her second consecutive women's 400m hurdle championship crossing the finish line in first in a time of 56.49. Florida State senior Lakendra McColumn finished second (58.17) and Erin Crawford of Virginia was third with a time of 58.72.
Miami nabbed the top two spots in the women's triple jump as Tabia Charles and Brenda Faluade placed first and second, respectively. Charles won the event as she tied the ACC meet record set last year by Clemson's Gisele Oliveira, establishing a mark of 44-08.00 (13.51m). Faluade jumped 42-08.25 (13.01m) to finish in second. Georgia Tech's Brandy Depland was third at 42-07.50 (12.99m).
Wake Forest swept the medalist honors in the men's 200m dash as sophomore Michael Bingham won the event in a time of 20.97. The mark by Bingham is a personal best and the fastest time recorded in the ACC this season. It's only the second win all-time for the Demon Deacons in the 200m dash dating back to when the event started in 1976. In second place for the Deacs was Kevin Marion (21.02), while Eric Seely placed third.
Miami's Charlette Greggs won her second event of the afternoon claiming the women's 200m dash for the second consecutive year in a time of 23.17. Greggs becomes the first athlete in ACC history to win both the 200m and 400m events in back-to-back league championships. The Yellow Jackets' Andriane Lapsley recorded a second place finish in a time of 23.42, followed in third place by Florida State's Evelyne-Cynthia Niako in a time of 23.70.
Debra Vento became the first Duke student-athlete to win the women's high jump as she cleared 5-10.75 (1.80m) on her first attempt. Vento passed on the first height of 1.60m before clearing the next four heights on each of her first attempts. Miami's Viktoria Andonova finished in second place, while North Carolina's Sheena Gordon was third.
Virginia finished one, two, and three in the men's 5000m as Andrew Dumm crossed the finish line in first in a time of 14:07.04. Ryan Foster placed second in a time of 14:11.90 and Andy Biladeau was third at 14:17.54. The Cavaliers have now won the event twice over the last three years.
In the women's 5000m, NC State's Julia Lucas registered her second straight title winning in a time of 16:03.07, more than 20 seconds faster than her winning time in Tallahassee a year ago. Duke's Clara Horowitz finished in second place in a time of 16:08.60, while Michelle Sikes of Wake Forest placed third at 16:09.86. All three times were season-bests and good for qualification into the NCAA East Region meet.
The Demon Deacons swept the relay events at this year's outdoor meet claiming the schools first-ever men's 4x400m relay Saturday afternoon. The team of Michael Bingham, Willie Idlette, Brent LaRue and Eric Seely finished in a time of 3.08.36.
In the women's 4x400m relay, the Florida State squad of Kim Adams, India Pettus, Kandia Batchelor and Alycia Williams crossed the finish line in first in a time 3:37.15.
The third and final day of competition came to close as North Carolina's Vikas Gowda won his second straight men's discus event with a throw of 197-04 (60.14m). Tar Heel teammate Nick Owens finished in second with a mark of 179-11 (54.85m), while Garrett Johnson of Florida State placed third with a distance of 177-10 (54.20m).
Women's Standings (After 21 Events Complete)
Men's Standings (After 21 Events Complete)