ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships: Day 1



FULL DAY AHEAD ON FRIDAY

The running of the DMR races concluded Thursday’s opening session. Action resumes on Friday and will feature finals in both the men’s and women’s long jump, pole vault and high jump, in addition to the 5,000 meters. The day will also be highlighted by the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon and qualifying in six running events. Competition begins at 11 a.m. at the Reggie Lewis Center, and there is no charge for admission.

The ACC and ESPN will deliver three hours of live action on the event’s final two days, concluding with the finals on Saturday. Jerry Massey will return for his fourth year handling play-by-play. Lauryn Williams, a former Miami sprinter and a medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, will make her debut as analyst. Coverage will begin on ESPN3 Friday from 5 until 8 p.m., followed by Saturday’s finals from 1 until 4 p.m.


CAVALIERS CLAIM MEN’S DMR

Less than one week after posting an ACC-leading time in their final regular-season meet, Virginia’s DMR runner came through again by claiming the gold medal in the ACC Championship on Friday evening.

With Henry Wynne holding off Syracuse All-American Justyn Knight down the stretch, the Cavaliers finished with a winning time of 9:36.27. The Virginia foursome of Matthew Novak, Logan Carrington, Kenneth Hagen and Wynne finished just ahead of Syracuse (9:36.74) and Virginia Tech (9:38.69).

The race was a scorcher, heating up on the last lap and ending with the top three teams besting the previous championship mark.

The victory propelled the Cavaliers into lead in the early team scoring. Virginia sits atop the men’s standings with 13 points, followed by Pitt and defending champion Virginia Tech with 13 each, and NC State, Syracuse and Miami with eight points apiece.


CLEMSON GOLD IN WOMEN’S DMR

With seven teams ranked among the nation’s Top 30, the women’s distance medley relay was perhaps the most anticipated event of Thursday’s opening session. With anchor Grace Barnett pulling away on the next-to-last lap, Clemson raced to the title with a winning time of 11:08.09.

The Tigers’ foursome of Kaley Ciluffo, Oliva James, Esrusla Farrow and James finished a shade over five seconds ahead of second-place Florida State (11.34) and third-place Notre Dame (11:19.56).

Florida State finished the day leading the overall women’s team scoring with 24 points. Duke and Louisville were next with 15 points apiece, while North Carolina finished the day with 14. Notre Dame (11) and Clemson (10) rounded out the top six.


LOUISVILLE’S NYEMAH DELIVERS RECORD THROW

Louisville junior Dolly Nyemah became the first to set a new ACC Indoor Championships meet record at this year’s event, as her women’s weight throw of 21.64 (71-0) on her final attempt lifted her to the gold medal spot on the podium.

Nyemah broke the previous record of 21.60 (70-10.5) set by Clemson’s Brittney Waller in 2013. The 21.60 meters mark had also been Nyemah’s previous high this season. Miami’s Tiffany Okieme took the silver medal at 21.42m (70-3.5), while Florida State’s Sasha Lebert claimed the bronze at 20.96m (68-9.25).


DUKE’S JOHONNOT  CLAIMS WOMEN’S PENTATHLON

For the second time, Duke redshirt senior Karli Johnnot found the Reggie Lewis Center to her liking.

Johonnot gutted out a fifth-place finish in the 800 of the women’s pentathlon, and that proved enough to secure her second indoor gold medal in the event. Johonnot also claimed first place here four years ago as a freshman, when she won the 2012 pentathlon at the Reggie Lewis Center with a score of 3,964. This year's winning mark was 4,234.

Florida State’s Melissa-Maree Farrington took second place in the overall scoring with 4,082 points, while UNC’s Tory Kemp took the bronze medal at 4,052.

In the pentathlon 800 meters, Louisville’s Holly Hankenson led with a time of 2:14.01. Duke’s Teddi Malowski followed at 2:18.03, and Boston College’s Julia Barron checked in at 2:18.63.


WOMEN’S PENTATHLON LONG JUMP

Duke’s Karli Johonnot led the field by a comfortable margin with a leap of 6.04m (19-9.75). Florida State’s Melissa-Maree Farrington held second place at 5.83m (19-1.5), while North Carolina’s Tory Kemp claimed the third spot at 5.74m (18-10).

Heading into the fifth and final event (the 800 meters), Johonnot holds the overall led with 3, 417 points. Farrington is second at 3,319, followed by Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel at 3,282, Kemp at 3,256 and Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko at 3,227.


MEN’S HEPTATHLON HIGH JUMP

Notre Dame’s Brent Swanberg, Louisville’s Eric Fox and NC State’s Grant Rivers all registered jumps of 2.01m (6-7) en route to earning 813 points.

The high jump concluded the day’s heptathlon events. Duke’s Robert Rohner continues to lead with 3,190 points through four events. Virginia’s Jack Lint holds second place at 3,016, while Duke’s Tanner Johnson is third at 2,967. North Carolina’s Paul Haley and Swanberg are next with with 2,959 points.

The heptathlon will conclude on Friday with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters.


WOMEN’S PENTATHLON SHOT PUT

Notre Dame senior Carly Loeffel’s throw of 13.34m (43-9.25) lifted her to the top of the leader board in the pentathlon’s third event of the day. Duke senior Karli Johonnot took second place at 12.96m (42-6.25), while Florida State junior Greta Sadieko held the number three spot at 12.01m (39-5).

Loefell took over the overall lead with 2,582 points, while Johonnot holds second place at 2,555. The long jump and 800 meters still remain on the pentathlon schedule for this afternoon.


MEN’S WEIGHT THROW

Andrew Wells saved his best effort for last, and the Pitt senior walked away with the first gold medal of the 2016 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Wells moved into first place with a throw of 2.77m 71-5.25 on his fifth-round attempt, then topped that with a career-best and Pitt school-record 2.92m (71-11) on his final attempt to assure himself of remaining atop the strong field. Wells, who entered the Championships ranked seventh nationally at 2.87m, set the school record in the weight throw for the third time this season.

Miami junior Carlos Mangum took the silver medal with a throw of 21.32m (69-11.5), and reigning ACC Field Performer of the Week Josh Davis of NC State the bronze at 21.31m (69-11).


MEN’S HEPTATHLON SHOT PUT

Louisville’s Eric Fox led the field with his throw of 43-5.75). Overall leader Robert Rohner of Duke placed second at 43-4.25, followed by Virginia’s Cameron Collins at 43-3.25 (13.19).

The results left Rohner still holding the overall lead with 2,405 points through three events. Virginia’s Jack Lint holds second place at 2,258, while Duke’s Chaz Hawkins is just behind at 2,556. Hawkins’ teammate, Tanner Johnson, holds fourth place at 2,209 while defending champion Paul Haley of North Carolina rounds out the top five at 2,174.

The high jump will conclude Thursday competition later this afternoon, with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters wrapping up the heptathlon on Friday.


MEN’S HEPTATHLON LONG JUMP

Duke’s Robert Rohner continued his early domination of the event with a first-place jump of 7.06m (23-2). Rohner led a Blue Devil sweep of the top three places, as Tanner Johnson finished at 6.96 (22-10), and Chaz Hawkins was next at 6.92m (22-8.5).

Rohner led the overall scoring through two events with 1,725 points while Hawkins stood at 1,692 heading into the heptathlon pole vault.


WOMEN’S PENTATHLON HIGH JUMP

North Carolina’s Emily Godwin led the way in the second event of the heptathlon with a top clearing leap of 1.77m (5-9.75). Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel and Louisville’s Mara Zeilonka were next at 1.74m (5-8.5).

Florida State’s Melissa-Maree Farrington continues to lead the overall scoring through two events with 1,919 points. Godwin is next with 1,852, followed by Loeffel with 1,832 and Duke’s Karly Johonnot with 1,830.

The shot put is up next for the women’s pentathlon competitors.


WOMEN’S PENTATHLON 60 HURDLES

Florida State junior Melissa-Maree Farrington led the way with a time of 8.34 in Thursday’s opening event. Duke senior Teddi Maslowski followed at 8.50, followed by Louisville’s Holly Hankenson at 8.55. Farrington took the early lead in the pentathlon with 1,052 points, while Maslowski earned 1,017 and Hankenson 1,006. North Carolina’s Tory Kemp holds fourth place with 997. The women’s high jump is next on the docket.




MEN’S HEPTATHLON 60 METERS

The Duke duo of Robert Rohner and Chaz Hawkins got the Blue Devils off and running with first-place times of 6.96. Each sprinter earned 897 points. Louisville junior Marcus Montill took third at 7.13 (837 points, followed by Virginia’s Jack Lint at 7.17 (830). The long jump is the next heptathlon event on today’s schedule.