Virginia, Florida State Share Men’s ACC Outdoor Title

Courtesy: Florida State and Virginia Sports Information

April 20, 2009   

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Florida State’s men’s track & field team has kept its streak alive, winning its fifth straight ACC outdoor title and the program’s seventh overall. The Seminoles and Virginia Cavaliers share the ACC title scoring 141 points each over the three-day championship meet.

"We did continue the streak," head coach Bob Braman said. "That’s the big thing and the positive thing. It’s going to take a big team to beat us and I can’t imagine efforts greater than what were chased down by today."

The Seminoles won eight medals on Saturday at Cobb Stadium, including gold medals in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, the 400m hurdles and the 200m dash.

Senior Miami native Javier Garcia-Tunon impressed the hometown fans with a first place time and lifetime best of 50.38 in the 400m hurdles. Junior Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) was named ACC Champion in the 200m dash for the second straight season with a 20.57 while freshman Maurice Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.) ran to a bronze medal in the event with a 20.90. Sophomore Brandon Byram (Gallatin, Tenn.) scored points with a 21.09, good for fifth place.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Led by individual ACC titles by sophomore Adams Abdulrazaaq and senior All-American Yemi Ayeni and 11 all-conference performances throughout the weekend, the Virginia men’s track and field team finished tied with Florida State – the reigning conference champions – for first at the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at Cobb Stadium on the University of Miami campus Saturday. The shared title marks the first time since 1982 that two teams have been crowned conference champions, while it is the Cavaliers’ best-ever program finish and the first-ever men’s conference title in an outdoor season.

"Our conference championship has a proud tradition of great performances and we’re honored to be champions with such a tremendous program as Florida State," head coach Jason Vigilante said. "Our team competed with integrity and with heart, and I’m so proud to coach all of these young men. It’s a great day for our University and for the track and field program."

Virginia and Florida State both finished with 141 points to share the lead and were trailed by Virginia Tech’s third-place finish of 130 points.

The women, led by junior Megan Briggs’ individual title on Friday, gathered five All-ACC performances, en route to a fourth-place finish with 74 points. Florida State won the women’s competition with 160 points, while Virginia Tech finished second with 127 points. North Carolina rounded out the top-three with 123 points.

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