Clemson Women Earn Third Straight ACC Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field Sweep
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Clemson won six individual events and both relays
Saturday to clinch its third consecutive indoor/outdoor sweep of the ACC
women’s track & field championships. Dezerea Bryant won two individual
sprints, while Marlena Wesh won the 400 in record fashion and contributed
to both relay victories at Lannigan Field. The women won by an 85-point
margin over runner-up Virginia, the largest point differential since 1994
at the ACC outdoor meet.
“This feels brand new every time, it never gets old,” said Director of
Track & Field Lawrence Johnson. “I can go on forever winning
championships. Dezerea and Marlena had some terrific performances from
start to finish. The value they bring is unmatched. We were dead set on
winning every sprint available on the track, and I think we did. I
couldn’t ask for any more out of the group.”
Bryant produced a meet record in her 100-meter dash win. The Milwaukee, WI native had a time of 11.29 – third-best in Clemson history. She had to hold off teammate Marlena Wesh in the 200, but did so with a personal best 23.05. Bryant swept all ACC short sprints as a freshman in 2012, as she won both indoors as well.
The ACC’s Most Valuable Track Performer, Wesh’s ACC record time of 51.43 in the 400-meter dash was a personal
highlight for the native of Virginia Beach, VA. She also charged in the
final meters of the 200, finishing runner-up to Bryant by a mere hundredth
of a second to earn all-conference recognition.
The women’s 4x1 won for a third consecutive year. The team of Bridgette
Owens, Wesh, Bryant and Jasmine Edgerson compiled a time of 43.58 in a
dominating performance. Edgerson, the common link to all three victorious
4x1 relays, was also runner-up to Bryant in the 100-meter dash. The 4x400
relay team of Nia Fluker, Brittany Pringley, Keni Harrison and Wesh
recorded a season-best 3:33.68 and came back to win in grand style after
North Carolina took the lead early in the third leg.
Clemson had a pair of first-time champions crowned in the women’s hurdles
Saturday. Owens (13.03) won her first individual crown in the 100
hurdles, and then freshman Harrison (57.33) set a facility record in the
400 hurdles with a strong push over the final stretch of the race.
Harrison was also all-conference with a bronze medal in the 100 hurdles.
Monique Gracia was runner-up in the 100 hurdles, earning her first
individual All-ACC honor.
“Keni just kept coming and coming,” Johnson said. “I’m very impressed
with how she handled herself at these championships.”
April Sinkler won the high jump, her eighth career ACC crown, and was
runner-up in the triple jump. She cleared the high jump bar at 5’11.5” to
give her three consecutive ACC titles in the outdoor event. She then
jumped 43’5” in the triple jump to cap a 26-point scoring weekend for the
Tigers. Sinkler concluded her career with 14 All-ACC performances,
third-most in school history.
Sinkler was named the ACC’s Most Valuable Field Performer for the sixth
time in her decorated career. She also became the first athlete since
former Georgia Tech star Chaunte Howard to win three ACC outdoor high jump
titles in a career.
“April has had an outstanding carer in her time at Clemson,” Johnson said.
“To see her perform at a high level in a short weekend was phenomenal.
She has the ability to step up and make it happen, she’s a tremendous
competitor. She has not high jump trained a day this calendar year. But
we decided to at the last minute, and she said, ‘Sure!’ She found an
approach she liked and for her to win was tremendous.”
The Clemson men’s team finished in fifth place for the second time in
2012. The Tigers were also fifth at the indoor league meet in February.
Virginia Tech won its first ACC outdoor championship in men’s track &
field to upset the favorite Florida State.
Spencer Adams was the top performer for the men’s team at the ACC
Championships, earning runner-up finishes in both hurdle events Saturday.
He set personal bests in both, running 13.39 in the 110 hurdles before
recording a time of 50.96 in the 400 hurdles. Marcus Maxey was also
all-conference for the Tigers in the high hurdles, earning the accolade
for a second straight season. He had a time of 13.83, just ahead of
Charlton Rolle (13.91) who was fourth.
“Spencer stepped his game up this week and really came through,” Johnson
said. “A week ago I really was on him about being a leader. But he
focused in more than I’ve seen in a long time and performed really well
Chris Slate and Aaron Ramirez were impressive Saturday in the middle
distance for the men’s team. Slate, a senior out of Delaware, earned his
fourth all-conference accolade in the 800 meters with a career-best time
of 1:48.30. His time is No. 4 in Clemson history. Ramirez was fourth in
the 1500 meters with a personal best, as his 3:44.97 puts him 10th in the
Tiger record books.
Warren Fraser was fourth in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 100 on
Saturday. The junior out of the Bahamas produced a time of 10.40 in the
100 and 21.19 in the 200 final. Justin Murdock scored in both events as
The 4x400-meter relay team of Jaron Roberson, Murdock, Fraser and Adams
combined to a time of 3:10.80, a season-best for the Tigers. The group
finished fourth place overall.
Shai Carpenter placed fourth in the men’s triple jump with another
personal best. The Clemson freshman record-holder hit a jump of
15.75m/51’8.25” on his sixth and final attempt of the afternoon.
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