Maryland overtook North Carolina State in the final event, the pole vault, to win the Atlantic Coast Conference track and field championship today.

The Terrapins, who were upset last year by Clemson in the ACC Championships to snap a 24-year winning streak, scored 25 1/2 points in the pole vault to turn back the Wolfpack, 167 1/2-157 for the team title.

N.C. State had led, 152-142, going into the event, but Maryland's Jon Warner tied an ACC ready by vaulting 17 feet and teammate Dennis Lentz and Chip McCarthy finished 2-3 give rookie Coach Stan Pitts his first title.

Clemson was third with 88 points. Virginia had 73, North Carolina 51, Georgia Tech 45, Duke 24 1/2 and Wake Forest 14.

Chris Person was a key Maryland performer, winning the 400-meter hurdles in 51.78 seconds, finishing second in the 110 hurdles and running the anchor leg on the Terps' winning 1,600-meter relay team that was timed in 3:10.25.

But it was the field events that allowed Maryland to win over a surprisingly strong N.C. State team. The Terps trailed the Wolfpack, 124-96, with four events remaining, but scored 18 points each in the triple jump and high jump and 10 in the 1,600 relay to go with the 25 1/2 in the pole vault.

"This team showed a lot of character," Pitts said after being dunked in the steeplechase water jump on the 80-degree afternoon. "We knew the team race would be tight and we knew the team would have to perform and it certainly did," he said.

In addition to the 2-3-4 performances in the triple jump and high jump, Maryland got 16 points in the discus with a 1-4-5 showing. Al Baginski was the winner with a throw of 177-3.

Virginia's Mike Cotton was named the meet's outstanding athlete. Cotton won the 10,000 meters in a meet-record 28:55.1 Friday and placed second in the 5,000 today.

Vince Draddy was Virginia's only other winner. He ran the 1,500 in 3:45.7.

N.C. State got most of its points in the springs and field events.

Freshman Mike Ripberger of the Wolfpack took the high jump with a meet-record 7-2 1/4, Arnold Bell leaped 50-5 1/2 to win the triple jump, Augustine Young ran 21.31 to lead a 1-2-4-6 State finish in the 200 and Greg Smith won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.20.

The Wolfpack also won the 400-meter relay, in which Maryland was disqualified for a false start.