BLACKSBURG, VA – Clemson’s women’s track & field won four events on
Saturday and earned the school’s second consecutive ACC indoor
championship at Rector Field House. The Tigers accumulated 152 points,
finishing with a +51.5 margin over second-place Florida State. It was the
third overall ACC indoor championship in Clemson women’s track & field
“I’m really proud of both our teams, and the way they came together this
weekend,” said Lawrence Johnson, Clemson’s Director of Track & Field. “We
dedicate this performance to Barbara Kennedy-Dixon, our sport supervisor
who was attending her first track meet since last season. It was
inspiring to our kids to see her up here supporting us.”
Stormy Kendrick captured her first individual ACC championship in the 60m
dash. The sophomore out of Gastonia, NC had a time of 7.28 in the final,
holding off classmate Jasmine Edgerson who clocked a personal best 7.33.
Kendrick’s short sprint win was Clemson’s first in the event since Simone
Tomlinson in 1998.
“Stormy was running out of her mind this weekend,” Johnson said. “I was
proud to see her accomplish some of the goals we set forth for her. Last
week she was a little banged up. For her to come back and perform the way
she did at the championship was fantastic.”
Marlena Wesh was outstanding in the 400m dash final. A newcomer to the
Tigers this season, she set a personal best and Clemson record with a time
of 53.10 en route to the victory. Wesh’s time ranks among the top 10 in
the NCAA this season, and it broke Shekera Weston’s record (53.36) that
had stood since 1999. Clemson’s last championship in the 400m on the
women’s side was by Marcia Smith in 2001.
“Marlena really came alive at these championships,” Johnson said. “She’s
been on the cusp of doing that all year. It did a lot for her spirit and
Kendrick was runner-up in the 200m dash, finishing ahead of Wesh in the
final. It was Kendrick’s top indoor performance in the event, as she
turned out a time of 23.29. Her time is No. 2 on Clemson’s all-time list.
Wesh’s 23.47 is third in the Clemson record books. Edgerson was seventh,
making her an individual scorer in three events.
Edgerson pulled off the upset in the 60 meter hurdles. The sophomore from
Marietta, GA clocked a personal best time of 8.17 – one of the top times
nationally – to run away with the championship. It was Edgerson’s first
individual ACC title. Last season, as a freshman, she was a part of the
Tigers’ ACC champion 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Edgerson’s time is No.
2 in Clemson history.
“Her run today really put her on the map with some of the top high
hurdlers in the country,” Johnson said. “This is just the tip of the
iceberg for her; I can’t wait to see what her future holds.”
Bridgette Owens, a freshman from Oak Park, MI, was runner-up in the 60
hurdles. She produced a personal best as well with a time of 8.21, which
ranks No. 4 in Clemson history. Brianna Rollins, the school record-holder
and an automatic NCAA qualifier in the event, finished fourth Saturday.
Kim Ruck competed in her second long distance event in the span of 18
hours and duplicated her third-place finish from Friday. She followed up
her All-ACC performance in the 5K with a personal best time of 9:21.34 in
the 3K on Saturday. Ruck’s time ranks second all-time in Clemson history,
behind only former All-American Ute Jamrozy.
Clemson closed out the meet in the same fashion as it did last winter, by
winning the 4x400m relay. The team of Rollins, Kendrick, Sonni Austin and
Wesh produced a season-best time of 3:37.26 to edge North Carolina for the
championship. It marks the first time the Clemson women have won
back-to-back ACC crowns in the 4x400m relay since the 1997-98 era. Austin
and Rollins were part of Clemson’s win last year as well in the event.
April Sinkler earned her third all-conference honor of the weekend, the
ninth of her career, after a third-place showing in the triple jump. The
indoor senior jumped a season-best 42’11.75”. Sophomore teammate Jasmine
Brunson performed very well, putting together a personal best 41’10” jump.
Brunson’s jump was good enough for fourth overall, and it puts her No. 7
on Clemson’s all-time indoor list for the triple jump.
Danielle Curry was eighth in the shot put final. The native of Ohio put
together a top throw of 49’5.5” to earn a point for the team.
Final Women’s Standings
1. Clemson, 152
2. Florida State, 100.5
3. North Carolina, 69
4. Virginia Tech, 65.5
5. Miami, 65
Women’s ACC Champions
Stormy Kendrick, 60m Dash
Marlena Wesh, 400m Dash
Jasmine Edgerson, 60m Hurdles
Rollins, Kendrick, Austin, Wesh – 4x400m Relay
Brittney Waller, Weight Throw
Women’s All-ACC Performers
Jasmine Edgerson, 60m Dash
Stormy Kendrick, 200m Dash
Marlena Wesh, 200m Dash
Kim Ruck, 3000m/5000m
Bridgette Owens, 60m Hurdles
April Sinkler, High Jump/Long Jump/Triple Jump
Whitney Fountain, Pentathlon
Clemson’s men improved on their sixth-place effort from a year ago by
finishing fifth at the 2011 ACC Indoor Championships on Saturday. The
Tigers finished strong by winning the 4x400m relay, their first win in
that event since Clemson’s 2001 team claimed the gold medal.
The relay consisted of Justin Murdock, Miller Moss, Jordan Rispress and
La’Mont Jackson. The team turned in a finishing time of 3:10.47, nearly
three seconds better than the competition. It was the first ACC
championship of any kind for both Jackson and Rispress.
Warren Fraser was fourth in the 60m dash. He posted a time of 6.77 in the
final, finishing ahead of Murdock (6.79), who was seventh overall. In the
200 final, freshman Joe Craig came across the line in seventh place
(21.72). Rispress placed fifth in the men’s 400m dash final. He posted a
time of 47.78, just off his personal best for the event.
Chris Slate took runner-up honors in the 800 final. He put together an
outstanding, career-best performance to earn his first all-conference
accolade. The Wilmington, DE native crossed the finish line with a time
of 1:51.01, a personal best. Nathan Hendershot also competed in the
event, finishing seventh.
Spencer Adams was third in the 60m hurdles, earning his third career
all-conference accolade. He previously was All-ACC last spring in both
outdoor hurdle events. Adams had a time of 7.94 on Saturday. Moss,
crowned the ACC’s heptathlon champion on Friday, clocked a time of 8.04 in
the final of the 60 hurdles and finished eighth.
Alex Padgett earned his second career All-ACC certificate after taking the
bronze medal in the shot put. The Rock Hill, SC native put together a top
throw of 56’7.25”. Cory Thalheimer (53’0.75”) also scored in the event
after placing seventh.
Michael Kopanski finished seventh in the pole vault in his first ACC
championship meet. A freshman from Dacula, GA, Kopanski cleared a height
of 16’5.25” on Saturday. Josh Fowler had his second straight fifth-place
finish in the horizontal jumps. He hit a mark of 49’5.5” in the triple
jump, a season-best.