Harrison, Rollins help Clemson garner fourth consecutive ACC outdoor title
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Clemson broke a tie in the final event of the evening on its way to a fourth consecutive ACC women's outdoor track & field title Saturday, the program's eighth league crown in a row overall. The Tigers won the final event in a head-to-head showdown against Florida State to claim the trophy.
"I'm so proud of our team -- especially our seniors -- for fighting all week long," Interim Director of Track & Field Shawn Cobey said. "It came down the 4x4, and our girls just wanted it more. For our seniors, it doesn't get any better than this. Eight ACC titles and they never lost one."
The Tigers finished the meet with 151 points to Florida State's 146.
After Natalie Anthony earned two crucial points in the 5,000 two days after a grueling 10,000, the stage was set with the Tigers and Seminoles tied for the top position. Keni Harrison had a great lead leg, and Keisha Richburg, Brittany Pringley and Nia Fluker followed suit to propel Clemson to a win in 3:34.87.
Harrison received the ACC Most Valuable Track Performer award. Harrison scored 38 out of a possible 40 points, winning two relays and an individual event. Brianna Rollins supported with wins in the 100 hurdles and 200 dash and helped the 4x100 to victory as well.
Rollins and Harrison finished 1-2 in the 100 hurdles. Rollins posted a time of 12.87 into a stiff headwind, finishing ahead of teammate Harrison, who won the silver. Rollins returned for the 200 a couple of hours later and sizzled to a time of 23.04, holding off teammate Dezerea Bryant at the line. Rollins is the first ACC female to win both the 100 hurdles and 200 dash at the same meet since 1997.
Harrison earned a repeat gold medal performance in the 400 hurdles. She turned in a personal-best 56.58, breaking the school record for the event.
Dezerea Bryant won the 100 dash with a time of 11.42, her consecutive victory in the event at the ACC championships. Bryant's loss to Rollins in the 200 final was her first in eight individual short sprint competitions at the ACC indoor and outdoor championships. Stormy Kendrick was runner-up in the 100 before withdrawing from the 200 final.
The women's 4x100 squad claimed its fourth consecutive ACC crown in the event and was just off the meet record with a time of 43.59. The group was composed of Harrison, Rollins, Kendrick and Bryant.
Brittney Waller collected her second All-ACC honor of the weekend after earning the silver medal in the hammer throw. She fouled the first two attempts, but managed a legal mark on the third and final try. She eventually threw 187'2".