Miami Women Finish as Runners-Up at ACC Outdoors

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Several Canes made earned their way on to the podium on the final day of the 2019 ACC Outdoor Championships.

Miami’s women jumped nine spots after Friday to finish second with 92.5 points, behind only Florida State, which won the title with 134. Virginia Tech’s men swept both indoor and outdoor for the 2019 season, while Miami’s men moved up three spots and finished eighth with 48 points. 

Miami’s women began the day by winning the 4x100m relay with a time of 44.0 seconds. The team made up of Carolyn Brown, Alfreda Steele, Symone Mason and Tiara McMinn edged out Florida State to claim the gold medal and give Miami 10 team points. 

The men followed by running Miami’s third-fastest time in program history in 4x100m relay at 40 seconds flat. Raheem Chambers, Tyrees Moulton, Hasani Knight and Isaiah Taylor’s time was good for a third-place finish and six team points. 

Knight also had a strong day in the triple jump, registering a personal-best mark of 15.63m to finish fourth. Knight’s mark moves him into second on Miami’s all-time list. Darlene Charles also recorded a personal-best mark of 12.89m in the women’s triple jump to finish fifth overall. 

Sophomore Debbie Ajagbe and senior Zakiya Rashid each made their way on to the podium in the women’s discus,as Ajagbe finished second with her mark of 52.55m. Rashid finished just behind her in third at 52.40m, giving Miami 14 team points.

Senior Michelle Atherley ran a season-best time of 13.16 in the women’s 100m hurdles to finish fourth, while McMinn finished fifth with a time of 13.31.

Next on the track, senior Brittny Ellis competed in her first of three events of the day, as she finished second in the women’s 400m dash with a season-best time of 52.52. Ellis followed up with an eighth-place finish in the women’s 200m, running a 24.45. 

Just as the rain picked up in Charlottesville, Chambers was getting ready for his second event of the day. The junior finished second in the men’s 100m dash, posting a time of 10.10 seconds. 

Kayla Johnson was next up on the podium, as the sophomore finished third in the women’s 800m run with her time of 2:06.24. Anna Runia’s time of 58.31 seconds in the women’s 400m hurdles, gave the senior a second-place finish and added eight more points to Miami’s team total. 

Both of Miami’s 4x400m relay teams medaled as the women of Mason, Ellis, Johnson and Samantha Gonzalez finished second with a time of 3:36.91. The men closed out the weekend with a third-place finish as Moulton, Thomas Burns, Brown, and Davonte Fuller ran a time of 3:13.18.