ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships: Day One

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A dominating performance by Virginia Tech in the men’s pole vault highlighted the first day of competition at the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Championships.

Hokie pole vaulters captured the first seven places en route to securing the first-day lead in the team scoring. Virginia Tech finished the day with 57 points, followed by NC State with 13, Virginia 10, Syracuse 9, Notre Dame 8, North Carolina 6, Wake Forest 5, Louisville 4, Miami 4 and Duke 1.

On the women’s side, Virginia leads with 16 points, with Syracuse and Miami close behind at 15, Duke 14, Virginia Tech 11, Boston College 11, North Carolina 10.4, Florida State 10, Louisville 7, Wake Forest 5.5 and Notre Dame 2.

Senior Chris Uhle took the gold medal and led Virginia Tech’s pole vault blitz with a jump of 5.37 meters (17-7.25). Sophomore Torben Laidig and freshman Deakin Volz each checked out at 5.27 meters, while Jeffrey Linta, Jared Allison, James Stek and 2015 champion Brad Johnson all finished at 5.07.

Under the ACC format for determining All-Conference status, the top three finishers in each individual event are considered first team, while those finishing fourth through sixth earn second-team honors. So, in short, every All-ACC pole vaulter for the 2016 outdoor season is a Hokie.

The Hokies have claimed nine of 12 men’s outdoor pole vault gold medals since joining the conference prior to the 2005 season, including the last three.

Day two of the three-day ACC Championship is set for Saturday at Mike Long Track, beginning with the women’s javelin throw at 10 a.m. Other schedule highlights include finals in six field events, as well as the men’s and women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Also slated for Saturday are the concluding events of the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon, as well as preliminaries in a combined eight men’s and women’s running events.

ESPN3 again plans live coverage Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m., with Tom Block on play-by-play and former Miami standout and Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams providing analysis. The broadcast will be steamed lived on at

A look back at other Friday’s other action:

Miami’s Alysha Newman claimed the showdown between two of the nation’s elite vaulters when she cleared 4.46 meters (14-7.5) and Duke’s Megan Clark failed to clear the bar from that height on her three straight ensuing attempts.

Newman wasn’t finished. The Hurricane senior passed up to 4.59 meters (15-0.75), a shade above the ACC Championship record of 4.58 meters held by Florida State’s Lacy Janson since 2006. But she failed to clear on three attempts, leaving the Delaware, Ontario, Canada native to settle for the gold medal and hope for even better things two weeks from now at the NCAA Regionals.

Clark entered the meet as the ACC overall record holder at 4.63 meters (15-2.25), and Newman held the record earlier in the season at 4.60 (15-1). The pair are ranked second and third nationally.

MEN’S 10K (9:24 p.m.)
Exciting races involving Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin, NC State’s Luis Vargas and Syracuse’s Justyn Knight have become the norm in the ACC, and Curtin made the most of one of his final times in the spotlight.

The Hokie senior pulled away with a blistering 55.4 on the final lap and took the 10,000 meters gold medal in 29:42.29. Vargas, the reigning ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week, took the silver at 29:44.81, while Knight was third at 29:46.41

WOMEN’S 10K (8:45 p.m.)
Virginia junior Cleo Boyd, running only her second race of the outdoor season, pulled away from defending champion Margo Malone of Syracuse to take the gold medal with a winning time of 34.29.60. Malone, who set the Mike Long Track record of 33:33.69, took this year’s silver medal at 34:38.18. Boston College’s Liv Westphal took the bronze with a time of 34:49.02.

MEN’S 1500 QUALIFYING (8:03 p.m.)
Virginia junior Henry Wynne (3:44.02) and Cavalier classmate Mike Marsella (3:44.10) set the pace in qualifying for Sunday. Virginia Tech Diego Zarate place third, followed by Syracuse’s Adam Palamar and Joel Hubbard, Duke’s Alex Kunzweiler, NC State’s John Hagood and Graham Crawford, Virginia Tech’s Neil Gourley, Florda State’s Zak Seddon and Michael Hall, and Notre Dame’s Billy Dolan.

WOMEN’S 1500 QUALIFYING (7:38 p.m.)
Florida State’s Georgia Peel set the pace on her home track, leading qualifying with a time of 4:21.15. The Duke tandem of Anima Banks and Madison Granger also qualified for Sunday’s final with second- and third-place finishes, along with Florida State’s Bridget Blake, Duke’s Liz Lansing, North Carolina’s Caroline Alcorta, Virginia Tech’s Rachel Pocratsky, Wake Forest’s Kathryn Lazarchick, NC State’s Megan Moye, Virginia’s Sarah Astin, Louisville’s Mia Ross and Virginia Tech’s Tessa Riley.

MEN’S 200 PRELIMS (7:14 p.m.)
Defending ACC champion and ACC record-holder Tevin Hester of Clemson paced qualifying at 20.61. Also earning finals spots were NC State’s Quashawn Cunningham, North Carolina’s Ceo Ways, NC State’s Shannon Patterson, Pitt’s Chris Tate, Clemson’s Michael Cheeks and Virginia Tech’s Darius Watkins. Miami freshman Jaalen Jones and Florida State’s Jamal Pitts finished in a dead tie for the eighth qualifying spot, and it will be settled with a “run off” on Saturday at 8:25 p.m.

WOMEN’S 200 PRELIMS (6:58 p.m.)
Defending ACC champion and Mike Long Track record holder Shakima Wimbley of Miami picked up where she left off last season, leading all qualifiers with a season-best time of 23.01. The Hurricane junior will be joined in the finals by Notre Dame’s Margaret Bamgbose, Clemson’s Deja Parrish and Taylor Williams, Miami’s Aiyanna Stiverne, Virginia’s Peyton Chaney, Louisville’s Raven Grant and Duke’s Madeline Price.

MEN’S 400 HURDLE PRELIMS (6:30 p.m.)
Defending champion Desmond Palmer of Pitt led Friday’s qualifying with a time of 50.64. He will be joined in Sunday’s finals by UNC’s Kenny Selmon, Clemson’s Deron Gordon, North Carolina’s Javonte Lipsey, Lousville’s Martice Moore, Clemson’s Jorel Bellafonte, Notre Dame’s Drake Stimson and Georgia Tech’s Julian Darden.

WOMEN’S 400 HURDLE PRELIMS (6:15 p.m.)
Notre Dame senior Kaila Barber paced the qualifying for Sunday’s finals with a leading time of 58.23. Also qualifying were Virginia’s Aisha Naibe-Way and Heather Smith, Notre Dame’s Jordan Shead, 2014 champion Jamika Glades of Miami, Clemson’s Markeeta Thomas and Pitt’s Morgan Harvey and Laila Ismail.

MEN’S DECATHLON 400 (4:36 p.m.)
Duke’s Chaz Hawkins closed out the day’s decathlon competition with a first-place time of 48.65 in the 400-meter dash. It was Hawkins’ second sprint win of the day, as he also placed first in the decathlon 100. Wake Forest’s Alex Krall took second place at 50.38, followed by Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou at 50.45.

Halfway through the decathlon competition, North Carolina’s Paul Haley holds the overall lead with 3,913 points. Christodoulou is second with 3,773, and Virginia’s Cameron Collins holds third place at 3,677. The decathlon ends Saturday with competition in the 110 hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500-meter run remaining.

NC State sophomore Grant Rivers just missed the 2-meter mark but led the competition at 1.98 meters (6-6). Rivers placed ahead of North Carolina’s Paul Haley and the Louisville tandem of Cody Swabek and Eric Fox, who each checked out at 1.92. Haley continued to lead the overall scoring with 3,145 points. Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou was next with 2,979, followed by Cameron Collins of Virginia with 2,907.

WOMEN’S HEPTAHLON 200 (3:15 p.m.)
Duke’s Teddi Maslowski posted a winning time of 23.92 to close out the first day of women’s heptathlon competition. Florida State’s Melissa-Maree Farrington followed at 24.88, while Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel placed third at 25.16.

Loeffel closed out the day in first place with 3,452 points. Farrington held second place with 3,424, while FSU’s Greta Sadeiko held third place at 3,374 and Maslowski fourth at 3,311.

The heptathlon concludes on Saturday with the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters.

Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel took over the overall scoring lead with her winning throw of 13.83 meters (43-10.75). Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko followed at 12.23m (40-1.5), and Duke’s Teddi Maslowski had the third-best throw of 11.68 meters (38-4).

Loeffel had 2,580 points through three events. Florida State’s Melissa-Maree Farrington followed and 2,526 with Sadeiko at 2,505 and Maslowski at 2,323. Duke senior Karli Johonnot, a two-time winner of the ACC women’s indoor pentathlon, was forced to withdraw from the competition after she was injured during the high jump portion of Friday’s event.

North Carolina’s Paul Haley registered his second consecutive first-place event finish with a throw of 13.27 meters (43-6.5). Virginia’s Cameron Collins was next at 13.17 meters, and Notre Dame’s Brent Swanberg took third at 13.06 meters. With 2,414, Haley overtook Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou (2,352) in the overall scoring. Virginia’s Collins held third at 2,228, and Florida State’s Dante Newberg fourth at 2,197.

WOMEN’S HAMMER (2:15 p.m.)
After failing to reach the 60-meter mark throughout the regular season, Florida State senior Katja Vangsnes surpassed that distance on all five of her legal throws during Friday’s competition. That included a school-record toss of 62.51 meters (205-1) that broke her school record set two years ago and placed first in this year’s ACC Championship. Virginia Tech freshman Pavla Kuklova took second place at 60.77 meters and reigning ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week Avana Story of North Carolina followed up on her strong end to regular season with a bronze medal throw of 60.03 meters.

Notre Dame senior Carly Loeffel led the competitive event with a jump of 1.73 meters (5-8). The Florida State duo of Grete Sadeiko and Melissa-Maree Farrington joined Louisville’s Linda Mutter in a three-way tie for second place at 1.70 meters (5-7). Farrington led the scoring through two events with 1,920 points, followed by Sadeiko at 1,829 and Loeffel at 1,827.

North Carolina’s Paul Haley led all jumpers with his effort of 7.43 meters (24-4.5), placing him ahead of Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou (7.19 meters) and Virginia’s Cameron Collins (6.88). Christodoulou led the overall scoring through two events with 1,733 points, with Haley a close second at 1,730. Florida State’s Dante Newberg held third place at 1,611.

MEN’S DECATHLON 100 (12:15 p.m.)
Duke’s Chaz Hawkins took the top spot in 10.86, followed by Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou at 10.94 and Florida State’s Dante Newberg at 11.01. The event opened day’s the men’s decathlon competition. Christodoulou entered with the day’s best score in the event with 7,060 points.

Florida State’s Melissa-Maree Farrington took the early lead in the heptathlon with a first-place time of 13.40 in the 100 hurdles. Duke senior Teddi Maslowski took second place at 13.58, and Miami freshman Stefani Kerrison was third at 13.84. Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko, the 2014 heptathlon champion, tied for fourth place at 14.03.

MEN’S HAMMER THROW (11:11 a.m.)
Virginia freshman Hilmar Orn Jonsson earned his first ACC gold medal in dramatic fashion with a personal best and Mike Long Track record throw of 71.52 meters (234-8) on his final attempt. Jonsson’s throw ranks third-best nationally this season and pushed him past three-time defending ACC champion and 2013 NCAA champion Tomas Kruzliak of Virginia Tech, who took the silver medal at 69.37 meters (227-7). Notre Dame junior Anthony Shivers took third place with a school-record throw of 65.06 meters (213-5). Shivers ranked 10th in the ACC entering the meet with a season best of 58.37 meters and bettered that mark on each of his six throws on Friday.