April 23, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson red-shirt sophomore April Sinkler has been named the ACC’s Most Valuable Women’s Outdoor Field Event Athlete, the conference office announced Friday. Sinkler’s honor was a result of the league’s 12 head coaches. Voting for ACC Coach-of-the-Year and ACC Freshman-of-the-Year will occur later this season.
Sinkler is in elite company in terms of earning conference accolades. She was named ACC MVP for the third time in her career. She previously won the honor during indoor season in both 2009 and 2010. Only Kim Graham (1989-93) has earned more conference MVP honors in Clemson women’s track & field history with four. Graham is a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Stafford, VA native is coming off another outstanding championship performance. She scored 25 points on her own in leading Clemson’s women to the first indoor and outdoor ACC championship sweep in school history. Sinkler won the high jump and long jump, giving her a total of six individual ACC crowns in her career. Only five females in Clemson history have won more conference titles than Sinkler.
Sinkler began the meet by winning the long jump on Friday, Apr. 16. She hit a stellar jump on her second attempt, a season-best mark of 21’0.75″. She followed on Saturday with a fourth-place performance in the triple jump, turning out a personal outdoor best with a mark of 42’11”. Sinkler then capped the brilliant weekend by outlasting a pair of competitors in the high jump. She cleared 5’11.25″ on her first attempt – an outdoor school record – to earn the crown.
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