2016 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships: Day 2



CHAMPIONSHIP CONCLUDES ON SATURDAY

The 2016 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship concludes Saturday with finals in eight men’s and women’s running events, in addition to the men’s pole vault, men’s and women’s shot put, and the men’s and women’s triple jump.

Competition begins at 11 a.m. at Boston’s  Reggie Lewis Center, and there is no charge for admission.

The ACC and ESPN will broadcast the final three hours of Saturday’s final session from 1 until 4 p.m. Jerry Massey return is back for his fourth year handling play-by-play. Lauryn Williams, a former Miami sprinter and a medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, is serving as analyst. 

Buoyed by a strong showing in Friday’s session-closing 5,000 meters, Syracuse holds the men’s team lead with 32 points. NC State is in second place at 28, followed by Miami 25, Duke 23 and Louisville 20.5.

Defending champion Virginia Tech holds sixth place with 19 points, followed by Notre Dame and Virginia with 18 apiece, Florida State with 13 and Pitt with 10.

Florida State will enter Saturday’s competition in first place in the women’s team competition with 40 points, followed closely by Duke with 38. North Carolina holds third with 32.5, followed by Notre Dame with 32 and Miami with 31.

Louisville (25), NC State (18), Georgia Tech (17) defending champion Clemson (12) and Syracuse (8) round out the women’s top 10.


KNIGHT CLOSES STRONG

The men’s 5,000 meters evolved into a sprint to finish among several of the nation’s elite runners, and Syracuse’s Justyn Knight met the challenge.

Knight motored into the lead on the final lap and held off a counter-charge from Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin to take the gold medal with a time of 14:01.70. Curtin finished a fraction behind at 14:01.78, and Syracuse’s Colin Bennie took the bronze with a time of 14:02.88.


CLARK VAULTS TO THE TOP

Duke’s Megan Clark became the second student-athlete on Friday to place her name in the ACC Championship record book.      

Clark posted a winning pole vault of 4.52m (14-10) to break the previous ACC Championship mark by nearly three inches. Clark, who is one of just four collegians to clear the 15-foot mark in women’s pole vault competition, also holds the ACC overall record of 4.60 meters.

Clark got a serious challenge from Miami junior Alysha Newman, who vaulted 4.42 meters (14-6). Duke sophomore Madison Heath took the bronze at 4.17m (13-8.25).

The ACC women’s indoor pole vault championship is the second for Clark, who won last year with a jump of 14-feet even.

SEIDEL CRUSHES WOMEN’S 5,000 METER MARKS

After capturing national championships in two different sports, what could Notre Dame junior Molly Seidel possibly do for an encore?

Seidel answered in grand fashion Friday evening at the Reggie Lewis Center racing to the women’s 5,000-meter gold medal in an ACC overall record time of 15:19.64.

Seidel’s time – which ranks No. 1 nationally – shattered the overall ACC mark of 15:31.62 set by Boston College’s Liv Westphal in December of 2014, and the previous ACC Championship mark of 15:55.26 set by NC State’s Laurie Gomez Henes in 1991. In an interesting twist, Henes is now an assistant coach for the Wolfpack and was in the building Friday night to present Seidel with her gold medal.

Seidel’s Notre Dame teammate, freshman Anna Rohrer, took the silver medal with an impressive time of 15:32.03, and NC State’s Erika Kemp took the bronze medal at 15:55.03.


MIAMI’S DAILEY-HARRIS TAKES WOMEN’S HIGH JUMP

Miami’s Dakota Dailey-Harris came up big in the late stages to take the gold medal with a jump of 1.83 meters (6-feet even).

Dailey-Harris bested a pair of UNC high jumpers in freshman Nicole Greene and junior Emily Godwin. Each posted a mark of 180 meters (5-10.75), with Greene earning the silver medal edge on progressions.


ADDISON TAKES MEN’S LONG JUMP

Long jumps of 26-feet-plus have become the norm for NC State’s Jonathan Addison lately, and the Wolfpack senior made his mark again at the ACC Championships.

Addison came through with a leap of 7.93m (26-0.25) on his second attempt, and the Raleigh, North Carolina, native saw his effort hold up for a gold medal. Florida State’s Stefan Brits finished a strong second with a personal indoor best of 7.82m (25-8), and Miami’s junior Innocent Jacob took the bronze with a throw of 7.56m (24-9.75).


DUKE’S ROHNER TAKES HEPTATHLON

Duke’s Robert Rohner left no doubt.

Sitting atop the overall standings heading into the men’s heptathlon’s final event, the Blue Devil junior posted a second-place time of 2:43.21 in the 1,000 meters to assure himself of the gold medal. 

Rohner finished with 5,477 points. Duke teammate Tanner Johnson took the silver medal with 5,412, and Notre Dame’s Brent Swanberg placed third at 5,364.

Virginia’s Cameron Collins was the winner of the men’s heptathlon 1,000 meters with a time of 2:41.45, and the Cavaliers’ Christian Lavorgna finished third with a time of 2:43.22.


MEN’S HEPTATHLON POLE VAULT

Louisville’s Eric Fox and Duke’s Tanner Johnson led the pole vault of the men’s heptathlon with marks of 4.85m (15-11). Duke’s Connor Hall placed third at 4.75m (15-7).

With only the 1,000-meter run remaining, Duke’s Robert Rohner continues to lead the overall scoring with 4,639 points. Johnson is 61 points back at 4,578, followed by Notre Dame’s Brent Swanberg at 4,544. Fox holds fourth place at 4,518, while defending champion Paul Haley of North Carolina holds fifth place at 4,498.

Virginia received a tough break when sophomore Jack Lint – who held second place through five events – was forced to withdraw from the heptathlon due to injury.


WOMEN’S LONG JUMP

Georgia Tech freshman Bria Matthews has remained atop the ACC and high in the national rankings throughout the season, and she didn’t disappoint at the ACC Championships.

Matthews led a strong field with her jump of 6.35m (20-10). Florida State senior Der’Renae Freeman claimed the silver medal at 6.33m (20-9.75), and Louisville junior Bre’Yana Wash took third place at 6.13m (20-1.5).


MEN’S HIGH JUMP

ACC leader Damar Robinson of Louisville saved his best effort for the ACC Championship, clearing 2.19 (7-2.25) to earn the gold medal. Robinson topped his previous PR of 2.16m (7-1).

Robinson fended off a spirited challenge from Notre Dame freshman Matthew Birzer, who entered with a career best off 2.07 meters but achieved 2.16 on Friday. Miami’s John-Patrick Friday took the bronze medal at 2.10m (6-10.75). 


MEN’S HEPTATHLON 60 HURDLES

The men’s heptathlon resumed on Friday morning with the running of the 60-meter hurdles. Virginia’s Jack Lint posted the fastest run at 8.33, followed by Wake Forest’s Alex Krull at 8.43 and Miami’s Adreas Christodoulou at 8.44.

With the pole vault and 1,000-meter run remaining, Duke’s Robert Rohner continues to lead the overall scoring with 3,951 points. Lint is next at 3,916 while defending champion Paul Haley of North Carolina holds third place at 3,810. Notre Dame’s Brent Swanberg (3,798) and Duke’s Tanner Johnson (3,713) round out the top five.


DAY TWO UNDER WAY

Day two of the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships resumed today at 11 a.m. at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center.

Much of Friday’s Championship session is devoted to qualifying in the running events. Qualifying is set in both the men’s and women’s mile, 60-meter hurdles, 400 meters, 60 meters, 800 meters and 200 meters. Finals in each of those events are set for Saturday.

Finals in both the men’s and women’s 5,000-meter run are set for this evening. Otherwise, all of today’s team scoring will be determined in field events and the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon.

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 today from 5 until 8 p.m., followed by Saturday’s finals from 1 until 4 p.m.