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Steve Phillips brings you updates throughout the 2016 #ACCOTF Championships from Tallahassee, Florida ...
Virginia Tech’s men maintained their lead through the second day of competition, while the Florida State women opened up a lead at the conclusion of the second day of the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Championships.
Still riding the wave of Friday’s strong start in men’s competition, the Hokies closed the day with 64 team points, followed by Virginia with 43, Louisville 37.5 and NC State 37. Miami holds fifth place with 32 points, followed by Florida State with 30, Notre Dame 23, Wake Forest 14, North Carolina 10, Syracuse 9, Duke 7.5 and Clemson 5.
The Seminole women used two event wins and several other medalist showings to accumulate 58 points. Virginia holds second place with 36, followed by Louisville with 31, Virginia Tech 29.10, Duke 25, Boston College 24, Wake Forest 16.5, Pitt 16, Miami 15, Syracuse 15, North Carolina 13.40, Notre Dame 13, NC State 9, Georgia Tech 6 and Clemson 5.
Florida State put a couple of marks in the record book on Saturday. On the men’s side, grad student Stefan Brits broke his own three-year-old mark in the long jump with a nation-leading leap of 8.22 meters (26-11.75). The Seminoles’ Der’Renae Freeman took the women’s long jump for the third year in a row, tying the ACC Championship record 6.54 meters (21-5.5) first set by Virginia’s Kiamesha Otey in 2002.
A facility track record also fell in the women’s steeplechase, where Boston College’s Danielle Winslow set the pace with a time of 9.57.33.
The final day of the three-day ACC Championship is set for Sunday at Mike Long Track, beginning with the men’s javelin throw at 11 a.m. Finals are set in six total men’s and women’s field events, and 20 running event finals are on the docket. The competition concludes with the running of the women’s 4x400 relay at 8:30 p.m., followed by the men’s 4x400 at 8:40.
ESPN3 again plans live coverage Sunday, 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 theACC.com at http://es.pn/1q962iG.
Live results may be accessed throughout the Championship at http://theacc.co/otfliveresults.
A look back at Saturday’s action:
MEN’S 3,000 STEEPLECHASE (9:04 p.m.)
Saturday night’s session closed with a spirited race that saw Louisville’s Edwin Kibichiy successfully defend his 2015 title by holding off Florida State’s Zak Seddon down the stretch. Seddon, the 2013 event champion, closed strong, but Kibichiy held on to win with a time of 8:34.46. Seddon clocked in at 8:34.85. Meron Simon of NC State took the bronze at 8:39.26.
Seddon entered the race ranked second nationally, while Kibichiy held a No. 4 ranking. Both runners’ times on Saturday night were just shy of the ACC Championship record of 8:33.78 set by Kibichiy last season.
WOMEN’S 3,000 STEEPLECHASE
For the second straight year, a Mike Long Track record fell in the women’s steeplechase as Boston College’s Danielle Winslow took the gold medal with a time of 9:57.33. Winslow broke the previous mark of 10:08.31 set by Virgina’s Iona Lake last year. Lake took the bronze medal on Saturday night with a time of 10:09.99, just behind silver medalist Bridget Blake of Florida State (10:09.81). Winslow entered the race ranked fourth nationally after posting a time of 9:48.81 earlier in the season.
MEN’S 200 RUNOFF (8:25 p.m.)
In one of the most anticipated events of the evening, Miami’s Jaalen Jones squared off with Florida State’s Jamal Pitts in a runoff for the eighth and final spot in Sunday’s finals. Jones used a strong finish to post a winning time of 21.02, edging Pitts’ time of 21.22. The runoff became necessary when the two runners finished in a dead-heat – down to the 1000th of a second – during Friday’s qualifying round.
MEN’S 800 METER PRELIMS (8:21 p.m.)
Virginia Tech took the top two qualifying spots, with junior Patrick Joseph checking in at 1:47.29 and Vincent Ciattei at 1:47.91. Completing the field will be Wake Forest’s Robert Heppenstall, Georgia Tech’s Andres Littig, Florida State’s Jake Burton, Otniel Teixeira, Duke’s Dylan Murphy and North Carolina’s O’Neal Wanliss.
MEN’S HIGH JUMP (7:56 p.m.)
The outdoor competition proved uncannily similar to February’s ACC Indoor Championships in Boston, as Louisville junior Damar Robinson and Notre Dame freshman Matthew Birzer staged a spirited competition down the stretch. Once again, Robinson proved a shade better with a gold medal jump of 2.20 meters (7-2.5), with Birzer close behind at 2.17 meters (7-1.5). NC State’s Christopher Garrick took the bronze medal with a 2.14-meter effort (7-0.25).
WOMEN’S 800 METER PRELIMS (7:51 p.m)
Duke’s Anima Banks set the pace, leading a four-heat field with a time of 2:05.14. Rounding out the qualifiers were Notre Dame’s Jessica Harris, Virginia Tech’s Hanna Green (2015 silver medalist), North Carolina’s Elizabeth Whelan, Clemson’s Tanisha Coppin, Florida State’s Chelsea Jarvis, Clemson’s Ersula Farrow and Boston College’s Claudia DiSomma.
WOMEN’S LONG JUMP (7:34 p.m.)
Florida State’s Der’Renae Freeman delivered again, and this time did so in record fashion. Freeman tied the ACC Championship record with a jump of 6.54 meters (21-5.5) on her final attempt to claim her third consecutive long jump gold medal – all of which were won on her final attempt. Freeman also claimed the 2014 indoor women’s long jump title. Freeman edged FSU teammate Jogaile Petrokaite (6.52 meters) and NC State’s Alexis Perry (6.48).
MEN’S 100 METER PRELIMS (7:15 p.m.)
Defending champion Tevin Hester of Clemson set the qualifying pace at 10.32. He was followed by NC State’s Quashawn Cunningham, Florida State’s Edward Clarke, NC State’s Jonathan Addison, NC State’s Shannon Patterson, Florida State’s Raheem Robinson, NC State’s Nyheim Hines and Syracuse’s Winston Lee.
NC State’s Addison, who earlier in the day earned a silver medal in the men’s long jump, also competed in the high jump on Saturday and returned to that competition immediately after placing first in the second heat of 100 qualifying.
WOMEN’S 100 METER PRELIMS (7:06 p.m.)
Shaina Harrison of Syracuse led the way with a time of 11.61. Also qualifying for the final rounds were freshmen Shauna Helps of Florida State, Gabriele Cunningham of NC State and Ranee Ricketts of Clemson. They will be joined by Clemson’s Taylor Williams, Louisville’s Raven Grant, NC State’s Paisley Simmons and Pitt’s Alyssa Wise.
MEN’S SHOT PUT (7:00 p.m.)
The defending champion lived up to expectations as Virginia’s Filip Mihaljevic delivered a gold medal throw of 19.83 meters (65-0.75) on his second attempt. The Cavalier junior placed ahead of freshman teammate Oghenakpobo Efekoro (19.53 meters) and Miami junior Isaiah Simmons (19.09). Mihaljevic now owns four ACC Championship career gold medals (two shot, two discus) and will seek his third consecutive conference title in the discus on Sunday.
MEN’S 400 METER PRELIMS (6:47 p.m.)
Pitt’s Chris Tate set the qualifying pace at 46.27, a fraction ahead of North Carolina’s Ceo Ways at 46.38. They will be joined in the Sunday finals by Clemson’s Michael Cheeks, North Carolina’s Javonte Lipsey, Clemson’s Cordell Lamb, Miami’s Henri Deluze, Pitt’s Donnell Taylor and Notre Dame’s Alex Groesch.
WOMEN’S 400 METER PRELIMS (6:33 p.m.)
Notre Dame’s Margaret Bamgbose led four runners registering times of under 53 seconds, leading the qualifying field with a time of 52.29. Aiyanna Stevens (52.69) and defending champion Shakima Wimbley (52.70) of Miami, and Clemson’s Deja Parrish (52.94) rounded out the top four. Also qualifying were Duke’s Madeline Price, Miami’s Destiny Washington, Clemson’s Olivia James and Duke’s Madeline Kopp.
MEN’S 110 HURDLE PRELIMS (6:13 p.m.)
The qualifying list for Sunday’s finals featured a number of student-athletes who have ranked among the NCAA’s best. Syracuse’s Freddie Crittenden III set Saturday evening’s qualifying pace at 13.83. He will be joined by Pitt’s Desmond Palmer and North Carolina’s Kenny Selmon, along with Georgia Tech’s Spencer Allen, Syracuse’s Richard Floyd and David Gilstrap, Pitt’s Ashad Johnson-Conley, and Georgia Tech’s Andreas Ward.
WOMEN’S 100 HURDLE PRELIMS (5:59 p.m.)
Florida State’s Meme Jean led the qualifying for Sunday’s final with a time of 13:01, and NC State’s Alexis Perry (13:02) and Notre Dame’s Kaila Barber (13:04) were close behind. Miami’s Ebony Morrison, Florida State’s Peta-Gay Williams and Nicole Settering, and Miami’s Stefani Kerrison and Jamika Glades will round out the eight-woman field.
MEN’S DECATHLON FINAL (5:39 p.m.)
Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou nailed down the men’s decathlon as the event concluded with 1,500-meters run late Saturday afternoon. The Hurricane freshman finished with 7,334 total points. Virginia’s Christian Lavorgna took the silver medal with 7,064 and Wake Forest’s Alex Krall the bronze at 7,013.
Lavorgna took the decathlon 1,500 with a time of 4:33.30. Krall followed at 4:34.14, and Virginia’s Cameron Collins took third at 4:38.23.
MEN’S LONG JUMP (5:05 p.m.)
Florida State’s Stefan Brits set the ACC Championship long jump mark in 2013. The mark held up for more than three years, but fell on Saturday – when Brits himself broke it in convincing fashion.
Brits’ leap of 8.22 meters (26-11.75) on his first attempt shattered his previous record of 8.05 meters and held up for his second career Championship gold medal. The graduate student from South Africa also reached an Olympic qualifying standard while claiming the sixth ACC outdoor gold medal by an FSU student-athlete in the last seven years. Brits place third at last month’s South African Championships. Saturday’s mark ranks number one in the NCAA this season and sixth in the world this year.
Brits passed through the remainder of the competition following his first-round jump, but the event still didn’t lack for impressive performances. NC State’s Jonathan Addison, who took the outdoor gold medal in 2014, claimed the silver on Saturday with a mark of 7.80 meters (25-7.25). Louisville sophomore Oliver Newport took the bronze at 7.78 meters.
MEN’S DECATHLON JAVELIN (4:39 p.m.)
Miami freshman Andreas Christodoulou padded his overall scoring lead with a first-place throw of 59.25 meters (194-4). Virginia senior Christian Lavorgna took second at 52.58 meters, and the Cavalier’s Cameron Collins followed at 52.27. With only the 1,500-meter run remaining in the competition, Christodoulou leads with 6,716 points. Lavorgna followed with 6,341 and Lousville’s Eric Fox held third place with 6,309.
WOMEN’S SHOT PUT (4:05 p.m.)
After briefly slipping out of first place, defending champion Emmonnie Henderson of Louisville answered the bell with a throw of 16.55 meters (54-3.75) on her fifth attempt to claim another gold medal. Pitt senior Racquel Williams took second at 15.92 meters, while Virginia junior Christine Bohan took the silver medal at 15.90.
MEN’S DECATHLON POLE VAULT (3:41 p.m.)
Louisville sophomore Eric Fox got on the board as a decathlon event winner, capturing first place in the pole vault with a mark of 4.60 meters. While Fox received the edge on progressions, Wake Forest senior Alex Krall and Virginia senior Christian Lavorgna also vaulted 4.60 meters. All three competitors earned 790 points.
With the javelin throw and 1,500 meters run still remaining, Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou continued to hold the overall points lead at 5,989. Krall followed with 5,771, and Fox held third place at 5,730.
WOMEN’S HEPATHLON FINAL (2:24 p.m.)
Florida State’s Melissa Maree-Farrington emerged the winner of the women’s heptathlon and the Seminoles’ Grete Sadeiko took the silver medal as heptathlon action wrapped up on Saturday afternoon. Farrington finished with 5,735 points, while Sadeiko – the gold medal winner two years ago – earned this year’s silver with 5,649. Notre Dame senior Carly Loeffel took home the bronze medal with 5,537 points.
The final scores were determined after the women’s 800 closed out the two-day competition. Louisville’s Holly Hankenson took first place with a time of 2:14.57, and Duke’s Teddi Maslowski followed at 2:16.17. Maslowski finished fourth in the overall competition with 5,537 points, and Hankenson was fifth with 5,222.
WOMEN’S HEPTATHLON JAVELIN (12:41 p.m.)
Florida State took the first two spots as Grete Sadeiko led with a throw of 41.97 meters (137-8) and junior classmate Melissa-Maree Farrington followed at 40.51. Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel held third place at 37.94 meters. With only the 800 remaining, Farrington held a 112-point lead overall lead over Sadeiko in the overall scoring (4,914 points to 4,802). Loeffel followed with 4,754 and Duke’s Teddi Maslowski was fourth at 4,661.
WOMEN’S HEPTATHLON LONG JUMP (12:35 p.m.)
Duke senior Teddi Maslowski held the best mark at 5.90 meters (19-4.25), followed by Florida State’s Melissa-Maree Farrington at 5.88 meters and North Carolina’s Tory Kemp at 5.75. With two events remaining, Farrington held the overall lead with 4,237 points. Maslowski held second with 4,130 and Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel was a close third with 4,126.
MEN’S DECATHLON DISCUS (12:33 p.m.)
Virginia sophomore Cameron Collins led all throwers with a best of 41.05 meters (134-8), followed by Notre Dame senior Brent Swanberg at 39.32 meters and Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou at 38.03. With three events remaining, Christodoulou continued to lead the overall scoring with 5,287 points. Swanberg set 263 points behind with 5,023 points, followed by Wake Forest’s Alex Krall with 4,981.
MEN’S DECATHLON 110 HURDLES (11:23 a.m.)
The first event of Saturday’s decathlon competition produced a dramatic turn of events. Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou placed first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.68. Meanwhile, North Carolina’s Paul Haley – who entered the day as the leader in total points – fell midway through the event and was forced to settle for a 12th-place finish. Christodoulou took over the total points lead through six events with 4,662. Wake Forest’s Alex Krall, who placed second in the hurdles, moved up to second with 4,439 points, and Notre Dame’s Brent Swanberg held third place with 4,372. Haley slipped to ninth place with 4,153.
WOMEN’S JAVELIN (10:55 a.m.)
Wake Forest’s Jessie Merckle will head home with a third ACC gold medal. The Demon Deacon senior captured her third Championship javelin throw in four years with her toss of 54.41 meters (178-6) on her fifth attempt. Merckle, who entered this year’s event ranked fourth in the nation, also won the event in 2013 and 2014 and took the silver medal last year.
With defending national champion and ACC record-holder Irena Sediva of Virginia Tech sidelined by an injury she aggravated on her first attempt, the Hokies still picked up silver and bronze medals. Junior Eva Vivod stepped up with a throw of 52.33 meters (171-8), and senior Sabine Kopplin followed at 48.32 meters (158-6).