RALEIGH — Florida State reclaimed the ACC Men’s Track and Field Championship Saturday after a one-year absence, and the Clemson women captured the title for the fourth straight year with a clutch performance in the meet’s final event.
Lead by six gold medal performances and a balanced scoring throughout the running and field events, the Seminole men slipped ahead early and remained there . The 11th-ranked Tiger women were pushed to the limit by Florida State, but interim head coach Sean Cobey’s troops held firm with a stirring closing performance in the 4x400 relay. With the two tied, Clemson (Kendra Harrison, Keisha Richburg, Brittany Pringley and Nia Fluker) took the gold medal with a time of 3 minutes and 34.87 seconds.
Florida State’s finished with 149 points. Defending champion Virginia Tech, which remained close enough throughout to prevent the Seminoles from getting too comfortable, followed with 138. Clemson was third (114), North Carolina fourth (113).
Florida State’s Dentarius Locke led all runners in scoring and earned Most Valuable Track honors, while Miami shot put/discus thrower Isaiah Simmons was named the Most Valuable Field Performer.
Clemson’s women finished with 151 points, followed by FSU at 146, NC State at 82, and Duke and Virginia with 76 points apiece. The Tigers’ five-point margin of victory was the closest since 1991, when Clemson edged North Carolina by a three points. For the women, Clemson’s Harrison Most Valuable Track Performer honors, while Maryland’s Teah LaFond took the Most Valuable Field Performer.