Blacksburg, VA - The Florida State men’s and women’s indoor track teams remain in strong contention as day two of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships came to a close Friday night on the campus of Virginia Tech.
As the dust settled on the second day of competition at Rector Field House, the FSU men are in second place with 33 overall points. The first-place Hokies boast 52 overall points.
With 22.5 points, the Seminole women currently reside in fifth place as Clemson leads the pack with 54 points.
“Overall we are about where we expected to be,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “I thought we had good performances on both sides. We had some bad luck in some tactical things but that happens.”
The men are positioned second thanks in part to an incredible performance in the long jump. Ngoni Makusha claimed the gold with a nation’s-best distance of 8.15m while Brian Chibudu grabbed the silver medal.
Unsurprisingly, Kim Williams also came out on top for the ’Noles in the women’s long jump. Her distance of 6.55m is the second longest in the country. Amy Harris also took bronze in the event with a national qualifying mark of 6.43m
In the men’s 60m, Maurice Mitchell finished first by posting a time of 6.61 that is good enough to be fourth in the country. Kemar Hyman came in fourth with a qualifying time of 6.65.
Hyman also qualified in the 200m with an eighth-place finish on a time of 21.46.
Like Hyman, Teona Rodgers qualified in two different events. Rodgers earned a qualifying time of 8.36 in the 60m and then did the same in the 200m with a third place finish.
In the men’s 5000m, Mike Fout’s qualifying time of 14:09.15 helped him finish third.
The final session of the 2011 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships will begin Saturday with field event competition at 11 a.m. The running events, in which most individual champions are still to be determined, begin at noon.
Live coverage can be seen on theACC.com from noon until 4:00 pm. In addition, live results can be found by visiting the ACC’s official championship website: http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-itf-livestats.html
“We’ve got some weapons tomorrow,” Braman said. “It’s going to be tough, though. There’s no doubting that.”
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