Feb. 28, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Dominating the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championship and taking first place with 132 points for the first time in program history was the sixth-ranked Florida State women’s track and field team. With two Seminoles setting meet records and 14 athletes earning provisional and automatic NCAA qualifying marks throughout the weekend, Florida State owned the conference meet held in the Rector Field House, home of the Virginia Tech Hokies (defending champions).
Achieving the same success was the third-ranked men’s track and field team. The last ACC school to have both men’s and women’s teams capture the title was North Carolina in 1992. In addition to North Carolina and Florida State, Clemson is the only other program to accomplish such an honor.
“This is amazing to have be the first program since 1992 to win both titles because the conference has been going on for 50 years,” head coach Bob Braman said. “It wasn’t easy though. We had to work for years, and it took our staff six years to achieve this. I really wanted this for the ladies. The women have been so good, but so overlooked. They are ranked sixth in the country, yet nobody knows. I am really happy for them.”
Setting the championship tone for the Seminoles was shot put thrower Kamorean Hayes (Charlotte, N.C.) earning the gold medal in her first place toss of 52-02.00/15.90m. Hayes’ performance earned the Seminoles their first 10 points and now sits as the 14th best throw in the NCAA for 2009.
Resetting the ACC meet record, earning an automatic NCAA qualifying mark and posting her lifetime best record in the triple jump was sophomore Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) with her first place mark of 45-03.00/13.79m. The gold medalist is a repeat winner as Williams topped the charts at last year’s meet with her then triple jump of 44-00.75/13.43m. Earning the second automatic qualifying mark of the day and setting a new personal record was junior team captain Tiara Swanagan (Orange Park, Fla.) notching second place with her triple jump of 43-04.25/13.21m.
Sophomore Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) had another successful competition as she took the second silver medal of the day with her second place 60M hurdle of 8.07 which also earned her an NCAA automatic bid. The NCAA All-American now holds the fourth best performance in the league for the season and recorded a new personal record.
Highlighting the meet was junior Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) in the women’s mile run. Kuijken’s 4:34.11 time earned her the third automatic mark of the day, reset the ACC meet record and now garns the title as the third best time in the NCAA for this season.
Other Seminoles notching provisional marks were pole vaulter Lizbeth Mabry (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) and sprinters Britany St. Louis (Arima, Trinidad and Tobago) in the 200M dash and Danielle Jeffrey (Kingston, Jamaica) in the 60M dash. All three Seminoles also achieved lifetime best in their respective events.
“They are truly beginning to do what the men’s team does by getting more national qualifiers,” Braman said. “We are excited for nationals in two weeks. The conference is the ultimate challenge though because there are so many events. Even if you are a great national team, you can’t have gaps and holes because you have to cover most events. We did that really well. Our walk-ons, small scholarship athletes and regional level athletes have never looked better. They really thrive on this meet.”
Florida State will head back to prepare as the Seminoles will split up between the Arkansas Last Chance Meet in Fayetteville, Ark., and the NCAA Qualifier Meet in Ames, Iowa.
Women’s Shot Put Prelims:
1. Kamorean Hayes 52-02.00/15.90m, 10 Points
15. Caila Coleman 36-06.25/11.13m
Women’s Pole Vault:
5. Liz Mabry 13-01.50/4.00M, 4 points
13. Tori Allen 11-11.75/3.65M
19. Abby Sutton 11-05.75/3.50M
Women’s Mile Run:
1. Susan Kuijken 4:34.11, 10 points
2. Pilar McShine 4:43.06, 8 points
7. Amanda Quick 4:55.26, 2 points
Women’s 60M Hurdles Final:
3. Teona Rodgers 8:07, 8 points
Women’s Triple Jump:
1. Kim Williams 45-03.00/ 13.79m, 10 points
2. Tiara Swanagan 43-04. 25/ 13.21m, 8 points
Women’s 60M Dash Final:
2. Danielle Jeffrey 7.38, 8 points
5. Candyce McGrone 7.47, 4 points
Women’s 200M Dash Final:
2. Teona Rodgers 23.42, 8 points
3. Britany St. Louis 23.69, 6 points
7. Candyce McGrone 24.17, 2 points
Women’s 3000M Run:
4. Lydia Willemse 9:32.24, 6 points
Women’s 4×400 Relay
4. Florida State 3:42.78 5
1) Hshkeni Richemond 2) Keyla Smith