Mitchell Earns MVP Honor At 2011 ACC Indoor Championships

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

Blacksburg, VA - Florida State’s Maurice Mitchell achieved MVP honors and the men’s and women’s track teams both finished in second place at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.

Mitchell was the top men’s track performer on the campus of Virginia Tech as he captured gold medals in both the 60m and 200m races. For his efforts, he was named the men’s MVP for running events.

Despite Mitchell’s performance – and the performance of several other FSU student-athletes – the men’s team was unable to add to its unprecedented run of conference crowns.

Entering the weekend, the Seminoles had won eight consecutive men’s ACC Indoor Championships. By the end of the final event Saturday, the Virginia Tech men came out on top with 140 points compared to the ’Noles’ 98. On the women’s side, Clemson won the championship with 152 points and 100 points were enough to put the Seminoles in second place.

“We’re always disappointed to not win ACC Championships; especially when there’s an eight-year run on the line,” said FSU head coach Bob Braman, who had never not won a men’s league title during his tenure. “But we lost to two truly outstanding teams in Virginia Tech and Clemson.”

While Mitchell was dominating the running events on the men’s side, senior Kim Williams was doing the same thing in the women’s field events.

A day after grabbing a championship in the women’s long jump, Williams’ national-qualifying distance of 49-6 3/4 in the triple jump was enough for another first-place finish.

In doing so, she became the first woman in conference history to earn an ACC championship in the triple jump all four years of her eligibility.

Michelle Jenije finished with the silver just behind Williams with a jump of 43-2 ¼ and Amy Harris finished sixth in the event.

Prior to the triple jump, Allyn Laughlin placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 50-0 ¾. Michael Putman then won a gold medal in the men’s shot put.

Putman’s throw of 58-1 ¼ provided the Seminoles with 10 points and gave them an 89-87 edge in the overall points standings. But Virginia Tech then took four of the top five spots in the men’s pole vault to capture the lead for good.

The women’s one-mile run kicked things off in the running events and Amanda Winslow gave FSU a big boost with her win. Her final time of 4:40.34 capped what was a great event for the Seminole women. Jessica Parry placed fourth and Pasca Cheruiyot wound up in fifth place in the mile.

Other highlights for Florida State included a second-place finish by Brandon O’Connor (47.39) in the 400m, Brandon Byram’s third-place result in the 200m with a time of 21.02, a third-place outcome for Kemar Hyman (6.71) in the 60m, Marecia Pemberton’s third-place finish in the 60m thanks to a 7.35 clip and finally a fourth-place performance by Teona Rodgers (23.72) in the 200m.

“In my mind, the ACC outdoor track & field season started at 5 p.m. today,” Braman said. “I hope we’re up to the challenge in eight weeks when we meet again.”

BREAKDOWN OF FSU AWARDS:

ACC Champion

Ngoni Makusha – long jump

Maurice Mitchell - 60m and 200m

Michael Putman – shot put

Kim Williams – long jump and triple jump

Amanda Winslow – one-mile run

All-ACC

Brandon Byram – 200m

Brian Chibudu – long jump

Mike Fout – 5000m

Amy Harris – long jump

Kemar Hyman – 60m

Michelle Jenije – triple jump

Ngoni Makusha – long jump

Maurice Mitchell – 60m and 200m

Brandon O’Connor – 400m

Marecia Pemberton – 60m

Michael Putman – shot put

Kim Williams – long jump and triple jump

Amanda Winslow – one-mile run

MVP

Maurice Mitchell – men’s running events


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