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New women's 10,000-meter meet record highlight opening action
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (theACC.com) – It took almost until the end of Thursday’s 10 ½-hour session, but day one of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship saw a meet record fall.
Duke All-America distance runner Juliet Bottorff posted a gold medal time of 32:53.72 in the women’s 10,000 meters at North Carolina's Belk Track at Fetzer Field, breaking the previous mark of 32:58.20 set by Wake Forest’s Michelle Sikes in 2007.
Bottorff pushed ahead of Florida State’s Hannah Walker with roughly 800 meters remaining and stayed in front the rest of the way. Walker finished with a time of 32:56.50 – almost two seconds ahead of Sikes’ previous record. Syracuse’s Margo Malone took the bronze medal with a time of 33:15.02.
Bottorff, recently named the ACC Women’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year and the ACC Women’s Indoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year, owns three ACC championships this academic year after claiming the women’s cross country and 5,000-meter indoor titles. The Newark, Del., graduate student also earned a silver medal in the 3,000-meter indoor race.
While the women staged a close 10,000-meter race, the men’s long jumpers, may have set the standard when it came to tightly-contested battles.
NC State’s Jonathan Addison, Florida State’s Paul Madzivire and FSU’s Jalen Ramsey all jumped an even 25 feet (7.62m) during the six rounds of competition to produce a three-way tie for the top spot.
Addison claimed the gold medal by virtue of having the next second-best jump at 7.56m. Madzivire took the silver medal by virtue of registering 7.55m on his next-best attempt, and Ramey took the bronze at 7.52m.
There was also high drama in the women’s long jump, where Florida State’s Der’Renae Freeman made the most of her final attempt with a gold medal distance of 20-9 ¾ (6.34m). Freeman outdistanced NC State’s Alexis Perry (20-8 ½, 6.31m) and Clemson’s Whitney Fountain (20-5, 6.22m). Freeman claimed her second ACC long jump championship after winning the indoor title in similar fashion.
Reigning national champion Tomas Kruzliak of Virginia Tech successfully defended his ACC title in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 214-4 (65.32m). Florida State’s Markindey Sineus took the silver with a throw of 194-5 (59.26m), and Notre Dame’s Dominick Padovano was third at 186 feet (56.70m).
The women’s hammer saw Miami’s Lea Johnson deliver a winning throw of 201-4 (61.37m). The throw ranks second in school history behind Miami record holder Kimberli Barrett (62.20m), who claimed the ACC title in 2005. Two-time champion Annjulie Vester of Virginia Tech placed second on Thursday with a throw of 192-2 (58.57m), while Notre Dame’s Vivien Devaney placed third at 187-10 (57.25m).
The multi-events also got under way Thursday, and Duke holds the top two spots in the decathlon through five events. Robert Rohner heads into Friday’s finale with 3,930 points, and Curtis Beach is next at 3,784. North Carolina’s Ryan Ramsey holds the third position with 3,752 points.
Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko leads the women’s heptathlon through the completion of four events with 3,446 points. North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn holds second with 3,267, and Duke’s Karli Johonnot is in third place at 3,166.
Following preliminaries in the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles, 200 meter dashes and 1,500- meter runs. The finals in each of those events will be held on Saturday.
Thursday’s session concluded with the men’s final in the 10,000 meters, which produced yet another exciting finish. Syracuse junior Martin Hehir kicked into high gear on the final-half lap to edge NC State’s Andrew Colley at the wire.
Hehir posted a time of 29:10.12 to post the claim ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship gold medal by a Syracuse student-athlete. Colley checked in at 29:11.08, and Florida State's Glen Yarham placed third at 29:15.53.
The top eight finishers in each ACC Championship event earn team points. The top three finishers in each individual event and the four members of each winning relay team receive All-ACC recognition.
Defending champion Florida State led the men’s scoring with 28 points, followed by Syracuse with 21 and NC State with 18. Notre Dame held fourth place with 15 points, followed by Virginia Tech with 14. Miami (5), Pitt (4), Wake Forest (3), Clemson (2), Maryland (2), North Carolina (1) and Virginia (1) closed out the first-day point totals.
The early women’s team scoring after three completed events also found Florida State out front with 24 points, followed by NC State with 13 and Virginia Tech with 12. Miami and Duke shared fourth place with 10 points. Syracuse (9), Maryland (8), North Carolina (8), Clemson (8), Notre Dame (6), Virginia (3), Georgia Tech (3), Pitt (2) and Wake Forest (1) rounded out the scoring.
The second day of ACC Championships competition begins Friday at 10:30 a.m. at UNC’s Fetzer Field with the women’s javelin throw. Finals are also set in the men’s and women’s shot put, women’s pole vault and men’s high jump, as well as the completions of the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon.
Preliminaries are set in seven running events, and the day’s schedule will conclude with the final in the women’s 3000 steeplechase at 7:30 p.m., followed by the men’s final at 8 p.m. There is no charge for admission.
ESPN3 plans live coverage Friday at 4:30 p.m. with veteran announcer Jerry Massey providing the play-by-by play. The broadcast can also be accessed at theACC.com. Live results will be available throughout the Championship at http://theacc.co/OTFlivestats.
For complete coverage of the 2014 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, visit http://theacc.co/OTFchamp.