April 24, 2012
By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The second-longest streak of consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference men's outdoor track & field titles came to a close Saturday at Virginia's Lannigan Field when Bob Braman's under-manned Florida State squad came up 4.5 points short of bringing home their eighth consecutive trophy.
While Virginia Tech hoisted their first ACC men's outdoor trophy, the Seminoles hardly returned home empty-handed.
Despite the absence of injured and certain scorers Michael Putman (broken thumb) and David Forrester (calf strain), the Seminole men did plenty of damage over the three-day, 21-event competition. FSU brought home six event victories, including decathlete Gonzalo Barroilhet's ACC Championship meet record title of 8,065 points. Barroilhet also established a new Lannigan Field track record; one of five established by the `Noles at the meet.
Kemar Hyman (100, 10.07), Horatio Williams (200, 20.64), Breandan O Neill (10,000, 29:30.0) and the 4x100 relay team of Hyman, Maurice Mitchell, Williams and David Ambler (39.08) also left new Lannigan Field standards behind in Charlottesville, Va.
Not to be outdone, the Florida State women, who finished third with 75 points, claimed three individual titles. Michelle Jenije set a new facility record in the triple jump (13.37m) en route to her first ACC crown. Amy Harris won the long jump (6.43m) and Hannah Brooks claimed the 5,000-meter crown (16:35.30).
In a more global view of what the Seminole men and women accomplished, of the 52 athletes who competed - 26 men and 26 women - they combined to produce 34 season- or career-best standards.
Mitchell closes ACC career as most-decorated all-time
Mitchell is the first man in conference history to claim the award three times, separating himself from either other two-time winners. The Kansas City, Mo. native went out in style, winning the 200-meter dash for the third consecutive year, while finishing second in the 100. He was also a member of the winning 4x100 relay and the third place 4x400 relay. He won the MVP award going away by contributing a meet-leading 22 points to FSU's runner-up total of 149.
In February, at the ACC Indoor Championships, Mitchell became the first man in conference history to win that meet's MVP performance three times. He did it by winning the 200 and finishing second in the 60.
To summarize, Mitchell has been named MVP (indoors and outdoors) six times, to go along with his 2009 ACC Outdoor Freshman of the Year honor. Individually, he has won four outdoor golds, including the last three 200-meter titles. That does not count the six gold medals as a member of winning relay teams, including each of the last four 4x100 crowns. He also has four indoor championship gold medals (two each in the 60 and 200) for a total of 14 ACC gold medals.
Hyman leaves a mark on NCAA, World and Cayman lists
What makes Hyman, who had already posted an A-standard Olympic qualifying time in the 100 this year, even more proud is he now holds the Cayman Islands national record at that distance. Hyman previously shared the mark with former Seminole volunteer assistant coach Kareem Steete-Thompson, when he ran 10.14 at the Florida Relays.
Veteran women win, show way for Seminole youth
The vets left quite an impression on what remains an extremely young women's team, which should be well-positioned to make a run for an ACC Championship in the not-too-distant future. Consider this, 10 of the 13 Seminole women who contributed to the team's 75 points are underclassmen. Among that group are freshmen Aubree Worden, Linden Hall, Colleen Quigley, Jande Pierce and Sarah Chandler, as well as sophomores Elizabeth Ichite, Marsha Ariol and Chelsea Whalen.
Of the 26 FSU women who made the trip to Charlottesville, 16 were either freshmen or sophomores.
That experience, coupled with an exceptionally strong 2012 signing class, bodes well for the future.
`Noles well-represented among meet honorees
FSU's women had seven athletes selected All-ACC based on their performances at the meet.
The top three finishers in each individual event, plus the winning relay teams, are accorded All-ACC honors.