Virginia, FSU Split Men's ACC Crown; Seminoles Bring Home Women's Title
April 19, 2009
Courtesy of The ACC
CORAL GABLES, FLA. (theACC.com) - For the first time since 1982, the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship will be shared. Virginia and Florida State split the men's crown while Florida State took the women's title for the second time in school history at Miami's Cobb Stadium. The Cavaliers' title is their first in school history while the Seminoles earn their fifth consecutive and seventh overall league crown.
Virginia earned two wins in the final session including a pivotal victory in the 110m Hurdles. Yemi Ayeni was victorious in the discus with a winning toss of 57.79m. Adams Abdulrazaaq won the Cavaliers' second event of the afternoon with a time of 14.16 in the 110m Hurdles. Seven additional podium finishes helped Virginia tie with Florida State on 141 points.
The Seminole men, who led Virginia by 14 points entering the final day, won four events including two relays to close out the meet. Florida State won the 4x100m Relay in a blistering 39.55 seconds and the 4x400m Relay in 3:06.99. Javier Garcia Tunon was victorious in the 400m Hurdles (50.38) while Charles Clark took the 200m Dash in 20.57.
Florida State's women won six events down the stretch to take the women's title. Kimberly Williams opened the day in the Triple Jump by setting a new ACC meet record (13.63m). Pilar McShine won the 1500m Run (4:20.83), Brittany St. Louis took the 400m Dash (52.97) while Susan Kuijken was victorious in the 5,000m Run. Relay titles punctuated the team title as FSU swept the 4x100m Relay (44.31) and 4x400m Relay (3:34.75).
Virginia Tech's Billy Berlin set a new meet record in the 1,500m Run with a time of 3:43.52 to break a 24-year old record. Three other Hokies also won events; Yavgeniy Olhovsky took the Pole Vault (5.48m) while Ryan Witt won the 800m Run (1:50.93) and William McMulherin took top honors in the 5,000m. Wake Forest's Michael Bingham won the 400m Dash in 45.32 seconds. Clemson's Jacoby Ford (10.28) led a streak of Tigers in the 100m Dash as C.J. Spiller (10.49) and Trent Guy Jr. (10.51) took second and third places.
Miami's Murielle Ahoure scored double-gold in the sprints with individual titles in the 100m (11.36) and 200m (23.07) Dash events. Virginia Tech's Queen Harrison matched the feat with victories in both hurdle events. Harrison took the 100m Hurdles in 13.14 and the 400m Hurdles in 56.03. Duke's Amy Fryt took the Pole Vault (4.05m) while North Carolina's Dominque Jackson won the 800m Run in 2:08.27.
Entering the final men's event (4x400m Relay) Virginia was able to make a pass on the final curve to take third place and cement the shared title as Florida State won the event over Wake Forest. The Seminoles and Cavaliers closed the event with 141 points followed by Virginia Tech (130), Georgia Tech (81), North Carolina (72), Clemson (69), Duke (61), Wake Forest (45), Miami (40), Maryland (22), Boston College (9) and NC State (7).
The Florida State women's team closed out the meet with 160 points, followed by Virginia Tech (127), North Carolina (123), Virginia (74), Miami (69), Georgia Tech (55.5), NC State (52.5), Clemson (44), Wake Forest (35), Maryland (35), Duke (33) and Boston College (8).
Be sure to visit the ACC's Outdoor Track and Field Championship Site for complete coverage, including full results, picture and pictures: http://www.theacc.com/championships/09-otf-championship.html. Fans can relive this year's championship by viewing the archived video of the meet on www.ACCSelect.com.