Bryant, Clemson fill the podiums as they claim a fourth consecutive ACC crown
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson won its fourth consecutive ACC Indoor Championship on Saturday, defeating runner-up Florida State by a 41.5-point margin at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House. The Tigers became the first women's team to win four ACC indoor crowns in a row since North Carolina from 1998-2001.
Clemson, winners of seven consecutive ACC championship meets overall, finished with a total of five individual gold medals and the 4x400 relay.
"The seniors were driven and determined that they were leaving with four straight ACC indoor titles," interim director of track & field Shawn Cobey said. "It's something they'll look back on and remember for the rest of their lives."
Behind the strength of Most Valuable Track Performer Dezerea Bryant’s second short sprint sweep in a row, the Tigers filled the podium across the board of Saturday’s running finals. Bryant clocked a 7.27 in the 60 meter dash final and season-best 23.22 in the 200. Stormy Kendrick was runner-up in the 60 meter dash (7.33) and third in the 200 (23.64), season bests in both. Kendrick now has 14 all-conference honors in her career.
Marlena Wesh earned a third consecutive ACC title in the 400 dash. She posted a season-best 52.84 to cruise to the victory. She is the first ACC female to win three in a row in the quarter mile since North Carolina’s Monique Hennagan from 1996-98. Keni Harrison took bronze with a personal-best 53.82 – tied for fifth place in Clemson’s record books.
Wesh ran second leg for the 4x4, teaming with Harrison, Nnenya Hailey and Nia Fluker for a season-best time of 3:36.12. It was the Tigers’ fourth consecutive 4x4 gold medal at the ACC Indoor Championships.