The 2017 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 the Loftus Center, and there is no charge for admission.
ACC Network Extra will continue to stream live action during the final session, with former Olympic decathlon gold medalist Dan O’Brien serving as color analyst, reprising the role he first filled at the 2015 ACC Outdoor Championships. He will be joined by veteran ESPN play-by-play announcer Shawn Kenney. Coverage will air from noon until the meet’s conclusion (approximately 4 p.m.) on Saturday.
The Virginia men ended Friday’s session in first place with 39 points through six events. Louisville is a close second with 37, followed by Florida State (26), NC State (22) and Syracuse (20).
Clemson, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame share sixth place with 14 points, followed by Duke (13), North Carolina (12), Georgia Tech (11), Miami (9) and Wake Forest (3).
Louisville’s women lead with 43.5 points, and Florida State holds second place with 37. Miami (34), Duke (27.5) and North Carolina (25) round out the top five.
Notre Dame is next with 23 points, followed by Clemson and Wake Forest with 14 points each. Pitt holds ninth place with 11 points, followed by Virginia (11), NC State and Georgia Tech (9 points apiece), Boston College (7), Syracuse (6) and Virginia Tech (1).
FSU’s Omoregie Reaches New Heights
The women’s high jump concluded Friday’s session, and it came down to a battle of two of the nation’s elite performers. Florida State freshman Eleonora Omoregie finally outlasted North Carolina’s Nicole Greene with a career-best mark of 1.88m (6-2). Greene settled for a silver medal despite a mark of 1.85m (6-0.75) that matched her season best and tied Omoregie for sixth-best in the nation entering the Championship.
UNC claimed two of three medalists, as the Tar Heels’ Emily Godwin took the bronze medal with a mark of 1.79m (5-10.5).
Another Good Knight for the Orange
Syracuse’s Justyn Knight held off a strong challenge in the men’s 5000 for the second consecutive year, setting a meet record of 13:50.20 en route to his first-place finish. NC State’s George Parsons posted a silver medal time of 13:52.26, and Virginia senior Zach Herriott was third at 13:54.50.
All three medal times bettered the previous ACC Championship record of 13:57.97, which was set by Martin Hehir in 2015.
Duke's Heath Vaults to the Top
Madison Heath continued Duke’s recent run of success in he women’s pole vault, posting a gold medal mark of 4.25 meters (13-11.25) that was just less than her season’s best. Heath finished ahead of Louisville sophomore Morgan Zacharias and Georgia Tech junior Ksenia Novikova, who each posted marks of 4.06 meters (13-3.75).
Heath’s performance, following back-to-back gold medals by former Blue Devil All-American Megan Clark, gives Duke three consecutive ACC women’s titles in the event.
Winning Leap for McBride
Clemson sophomore Chris McBride matched his season’s best on Friday evening, delivering a long jump of 7.79 meters (25-6.75) to claim the men’s gold medal. Georgia Tech’s William Solomon placed second with a mark of 7.60m (24-11.25), and Florida State’s Keniel Grant took the bronze medal at 24-10.5.
McBride became the first Clemson student-athlete since George Fields in 2007 to claim the gold medal in the men’s indoor high jump.
Rohrer Strikes Gold for Irish
A year after settling for the silver medal in the women’s 5000 meters behind teammate Molly Seidel’s record-setting performance, Notre Dame sophomore Anna Rohrer made some noise of her own on Friday evening.
Rohrer took charge early and dominated the field en route to a gold medal time of 15:38.11 before an appreciative home crowd at Notre Dame’s Loftus Center.
The ACC Championship is the second of the academic year for Rohrer, who also claimed the ACC Women’s Cross Country title in last October’s conference meet at Cary, North Carolina. Her time Friday evening is the third-best in the nation this season.
Virginia senior Cleo Boyd took the silver medal with a time of 16:04.76, and Syracuse sophomore Paige Stoner posted a bronze medal finish of 16:05.04.
Another Record for Wimbley
Miami senior All-American Shakima Wimbley didn’t wait until Saturday’s finals to re-write the women’s 200 record book. Wimbley’s qualifying mark of 22.88 on Friday was a new ACC Championship best, breaking her own record of 23.08 she set as a sophomore in 2015. The Ft. Lauderdale native also holds the ACC overall record in the women’s 400 of 51.28, which she set earlier this season and ranks as the No. 1 time in the nation.
FSU’S Pertokaite Takes Gold in Long Jump
Florida State junior Jogaile Petrokaite led the women’s long jump throughout the regular season, and she lived up to her billing with a gold medal mark of 6.38 meters (20-11.25). Duke sophomore Sydnei Murphy was the silver medalist at 6.27m (20-7), and Clemson junior Angelica Collins took third place at 20-3.5.
Virginia's Lint Claims Heptathlon
Jack Lint’s second-place finish in the 1,000 meter run was enough to push the Virginia sophomore to the men’s heptathlon gold medal. Lint finished with 5,546 total points while North Carolina senior Paul Haley, who placed fourth in the 1,000 meters, took the silver medal with 5,508. Louisville’s Eric Fox (5,409) was the bronze medalist. Lint is the first Virginia student-athlete to win the heptathlon since the ACC added the event to the Championship lineup in 2004.
North Carolina’s Will Eskew won the heptathlon 1,000 meters with a time of 2:40.08, followed by Lint at 2:40.12 and Fox at 2.42.84.
Cardinals Dominate Men's High Jump
Friday’s early action saw Louisville leap to the top of the men’s leaderboard by sweeping the top three spots in the high jump.
Senior Damar Robinson successfully defended his gold medal with a leap of 2.21 meters (7-3), while junior Javen Reeves took second place at 2.18m (7-1.75). Reeves won by progressions over teammate Jerin Allen, who also posted a mark of 2.18m.
In addition to earning 24 team points for the Cardinals, the UL trio snared each of the event’s first-team All-ACC spots by virtue of their 1-2-3 finish. The top three scorers in each individual event earn All-ACC honors, while spots 4 through 6 are second team.
Men's Heptathlon 60 Hurdles
The men’s heptathlon resumed on Friday morning with the running of the 60-meter hurdles. North Carolina’s Paul Haley posted the leading time at 8.20, followed by Virginia’s Jack Lint at 8:37 and Miami’s Adreas Christodoulou at 8.41.
With the pole vault and 1,000-meter run remaining, Lint leads the overall heptathlon scoring with 3,972 total points, and Haley is a close second with 3,949. Florida State’s Dante Newberg (3849) and Duke’s Daniel Golubovic (3,756) and Chaz Hawkins (3,734) round out the top five.
Day 2: 2017 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships
The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships head into the second day of competition at Notre Dame’s Loftus Sports Center following an entertaining Thursday session in which three new meet records were set.
Day one concluded with the men’s DMR, which saw Virginia Tech (Daniel Jaskowak, Brandon Thomas, Kevin Cianfarini and Neil Gourley) post a blazing gold medal time of 9:31.05, which shattered the previous Championship mark of 9:36.27 set by Virginia last season. Second-place Florida State (Harry Mulenga, Steven Simpkins, Humberto Freire and Michael Hall) at 9:33.39, and third-place Notre Dame (Christopher Marco, Drake Stimson, Ryan Schweitzer and Jacob Dumford) at 9:36.15, each posted times that topped the previous conference mark.
Earlier on Thursday, Louisville senior Dolly Nyemah broke her own ACC Championship record in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 22.01 meters (72-2.5), and Miami sophomore Michelle Atherley claimed the pentathlon with an ACC Championship-record 4,281 points.
Louisville will enter Friday’s session holding the lead in the women’s teams scoring with 26 points, while defending champion Miami holds second with 22. Florida State is next with 11 points, with Notre Dame in fourth with 10.
Pitt and Wake Forest share fifth place with nine points, followed by Clemson with eight. North Carolina (6) and Boston College share eighth place, followed by NC State (5), Duke (2), Virginia (2) and Virginia Tech (1).
On the men’s side, Virginia – buoyed by weight thrower Jordan Young’s second gold medal in three years – leads with 15 points. Notre Dame holds second place with 11 points, while Virginia Tech and Florida State share third place with 10 apiece.
NC State and Miami are next with eight points, followed by Syracuse (5), Clemson (4), Wake Forest (3), Georgia Tech (3) and Duke (1).
Much of Friday’s ACC Indoor Track and Field 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 at Loftus Sports Center.
Finals in both the men’s and women’s 5,000-meter run are set for this evening. Otherwise, all of Friday’s scoring will be determined in field events and the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon.