April 19, 2009 - by
Seminoles Crowned ACC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Champions!

April 18, 2009


The Florida State women’s track & field team dominated Saturday’s action at the 2009 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and earned the program’s second ACC outdoor title, and first since 2000.  The FSU women have now achieved the coveted ACC triple crown, winning ACC titles in women’s cross country and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. Gold medals in the triple jump, 4x100m relay, 1500m run, 400m dash, 5000m run and 4x400m relay and 10 medals in all on Saturday at Cobb Stadium gave the Florida State women a dominating victory with 160 points – 33 points more than second-place Virginia Tech. 

“It’s just fantastic … the women had a great meet,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It was, on paper, really tough. It was supposed to be really close. First it was North Carolina and then it was Virginia Tech.  When there are two teams chasing you, it’s a little tricky to figure it out and know how you’re doing but for the most part, we took care of our stuff.  We got our championships, we competed really, really well and got big doubles from Pilar (McShine) and Kimberly (Williams).  We had a lot of kids get points and the young kids are figuring it out and doing a really good job.”

The FSU women’s success in the 5000m run is what clinched the ACC title for the Seminoles as a trio of Seminoles combined for 20 points with senior Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) defended her triple jump title with a 44-08.75 to earn her second gold medal in the ACC meet in as many days.  Junior Tiara Swanagan (Orange Park, Fla.) joined Williams on the medal stand, earning the silver medal in the triple jump with a 42-09.50.

Junior Liz Mabry (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) and sophomore Kamorean Hayes (Charlotte, N.C.) got things moving in the right direction early in the day for the Seminoles.  Mabry recorded a personal record with a height of 13-03.50 in winning a silver medal in the pole vault while Hayes’ throw of 163-11.00 in the discus, also a personal best, placed fourth and scored points for the Seminoles.

The Seminoles dominated in the sprints and the relays.  FSU touted three of the top five times and scored 20 points overall in the 400m dash with a personal record and gold medal 52.97 by sophomore Brittany St. Louis (Trinidad & Tobago).  Freshman Christal Washington’s (Hollywood, Fla.) fourth place finish with a personal best and regional qualifying mark of 54.13 and seniors Hshkeni Richemond (Sufferin, N.Y.) and Keyla Smith’s (Daytona Beach, Fla.) fifth (54.53) and eighth place (55.57) finishes combined for 10 points.   

FSU also took three of the top five spots in the 100m dash with freshman Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis, Ind.) taking second for the silver medal with a personal best time of 11.45.  Freshman Danielle Jeffery (Kingston, Jamaica) and senior Nicole Marcus (Tallahassee, Fla.) each turned in a time of 11.61 to finish fourth and fifth, respectively and scored nine points.  McGrone and sophomore Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.), both nursing injuries, jogged the 200m dash but contributed three points.

FSU’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays teams blew the competition away with gold medal-winning performances.  The 4x100m foursome (Marcus, McGrone, Jeffery, Rodgers) turned in its third best time of the season at 44.31 while the ladies in the 4x400m relay (Richemond, St. Louis, Washington, Smith) improved their season mark by nearly 16 seconds with a regional qualifying mark of 3:34.75. 

“We won by 33 points but if we’re healthy, the margin is even greater because the two girls in the 100 were both hurt in the 200 and just had to get through it,” Braman said.  “We’ve got even greater heights to go but I’m real proud of them. The challenge for them now is to go from the three conference championships to the podium, the top four, and chase after a national championship.  We’re real, real young but it’s a pretty powerful group.”

Women - Final Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored                
1) Florida State         160        
2) Virginia Tech         127   
3) North Carolina       123        
4) Virginia                 74   
5) Miami                   69        
6) Georgia Tech         55.50
7) NC State               52.50     
8) Clemson               44   
9) Wake Forest          35        
9) Maryland               35   
11) Duke                   33       
12) Boston College       8   


Women's Discus                                           Pts
4 Kamorean Hayes        49.97m     163-11        5
15 Allyn Laughlin           40.65m     133-04       
Women's Triple Jump                                          Pts
1 Kimberly Williams         13.63m  2.9  44-08.75    10
2 Tiara Swanagan            13.04m  5.5  42-09.50    8
Women's Pole Vault                                 Pts
2 Liz Mabry                 4.05m   13-03.50    8    
12 Callie Giffin            3.55m   11-07.75       
Women's 4x100m Relay Finals                                       Pts                                
  1 Florida State                                         44.31           10         
     1) Nicole Marcus Sr               2) Candyce McGrone Fr                
     3) Danielle Jeffery Fr             4) Teona Rodgers So
Women's 1500m Finals                  Pts                             
  1 Pilar McShine             4:20.83    10   
Women's 400m Finals                   Pts
  1 Britany St. Louis          52.97    10            
  4 Christal Washington    54.13     5            
  5 Hshkeni Richemond    54.53     4            
  8 Keyla Smith               55.57     1            
Women's 100m Dash Finals                    Pts                                
  2 Candyce McGrone       11.45   0.2        8
  4 Danielle Jeffery          11.61   0.2        5     
  5 Kristin Marcus            11.61   0.2        4
Women's 200m Dash Finals                   Pts
  7 Candyce McGrone          43.08   2.7   2 
  8 Teona Rodgers             43.33   2.7   1 
Women 5000m Finals                       Pts
  1 Susan Kuijken           16:31.68     10            
  2 Pilar McShine             16:35.54     8            
  7 Lydia Willemse          16:49.65     2 
Women's 4x400m Relay Finals                                       Pts                                                                     
  1 Florida State                                       3:34.75          10            
     1) Hshkeni Richemond Sr       2) Britany St. Louis So                 
     3) Keyla Smith Sr                  4) Christal Washington Fr  

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