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Steve Phillips brings you updates throughout the 2015 #ACCITF Championships from Blacksburg, Va.

Competition at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House. There is no charge for admission. ESPN3 will provide live coverage, beginning at noon until the meet’s conclusion, with Jerry Massey on play-by-play.

HEHIR WINS IN RECORD TIME

Martin Hehir owns another ACC championship and another league record.

Hehir, who captured last fall’s ACC men’s cross country title in course-record time, took the gold medal in the 5,000 meters of the 2015 Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday night with a meet record time of 13:57.97

Hehir was nearly three seconds faster than the previous ACC Championship mark of 14:00.96 set by Florida State’s Andrew Lemoncello in 2007.

Virginia Tech’s Stuart Robertson took the silver medal at 14:04,97, while North Carolina’s Mark Derrick took the bronze at 14:07.30.


FSU HOLDS NARROW LEAD

Defending champion Florida State concluded Friday’s men session with 30.5 team points, narrowly ahead of second-place North Carolina (30).

Duke holds third place with 25 points, followed by host Virginia Tech 24, NC State 23, Virginia 21 and Syracuse 20 in the air-tight battle. Miami holds eighth place at 16.5, followed by Clemson 13, Pitt 12, Louisville 8, Notre Dame 6 and Wake Forest 5.

The 2015 ACC Indoor Championship concludes Saturday with finals in eight running events, in addition to the men’s pole vault, triple jump and shot put.

Competition at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House. There is no charge for admission. ESPN3 will provide live coverage, beginning at noon until the meet’s conclusion, with Jerry Massey on play-by-play.


CALDWELL JUMPS HIGH FOR DEACONS


Wake Forest senior Nyki Caldwell closed out Friday’s women’s session of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a gold medal high jump of 1.78m (5-10 ).

Clemson’s Mimi Land took the silver at 1.75m (5-8.75), besting on progressions UNC sophomore Emily Godwin, who had the same distance.

Caldwell is the first Wake Forest student-athlete to win a field event in the ACC Women’s Indoor Championship since the event started in 1987.


UNC WOMEN LEAD SCORING

North Carolina ended Friday in first place in the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship women’s standings with a team score with a team score of 48.5. NC State holds second place at 41.5, followed by defending champion Florida State with 28 points and Duke at 27.5

Wake Forest holds fifth place at 19.5, followed by Clemson 19, Miami 16, Louisville 15, Notre Dame 14,  Virginia Tech 11.5, Boston College 9, Syracuse 8, Virginia 6.5, Georgia Tech 6, Pitt 3.

The 2015 ACC Indoor Championship concludes Saturday with finals in eight running events, in addition to the women’s shot out and triple jump.

Competition at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House. There is no charge for admission. ESPN3 will provide live coverage, beginning at noon until the meet’s conclusion, with Jerry Massey on play-by-play.


DUKE’S CLARK VAULTS TO TITLE

It has been a stellar season for Duke’s Megan Clark in the women’s pole vault, and it continued on Friday.

Clark took the gold medal with a vault of an even 14 feet (4.27m) at the ACC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. Clark, who entered the Championship ranked fourth nationally,  became the first Duke women’s vaulter to take the gold medal since Jillian Schwartz in 2001 and only the second in school history.

North Carolina’s Cameron Overstreet took the silver at 4.17m (13-8.25) and Louisville’s Chanel Krause and Wake Forest’s Sydney White tied for the bronze at 4.07m (13-4.5).


NOTRE DAME’S SEIDEL GOES THE DISTANCE

Notre Dame’s women claimed their first gold medal of the 2015 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships early Friday evening, as sophomore Molly Seidel ran to a first-place time of 15:55.84 in the 5,000 meters.

Seidel, who was just off the ACC Championship record of 15:55.26 set my Laurie Gomez in 1991, placed ahead of silver medalist Margo Malone of Syracuse (16:14.96) and bronze medalist Erika Kemp of NC State (16:17.06).


FSU’S RAMSEY PREVAILS IN LONG JUMP

A Florida State student-athlete captured the men’s long jump gold medal at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships for the sixth time in seven years late Friday afternoon, as the Seminole sophomore Jalen Ramsey delivered a winning effort of 7.69m (25-2.75).

NC State junior Jonathan Addison – who claimed the gold medal in the high jump earlier Friday – took the silver in the long jump at 7.59m (24-11 ). Florida State’s Paul Madzivire – last year’s long jump winner – took the bronze on Friday with an effort of  7.48m (24-6.5).


UNC’S HALEY NAILS DOWNS HEPTATHLON

North Carolina sophomore Paul Haley put the finishing touches on the 2015 ACC Indoor Track and Field men’s heptathlon title, holding an even 5,500 points after the completion of all seven events. Competition wrapped up with the running of the 1,000 meters Friday afternoon.

Duke senior Ian Rock took the silver medal with 5, 452 points, and UNC senior Ryan Ramsey took the bronze with 5,374.

Haley became the third UNC student-athlete to claim the heptathlon since ACC Championship competition in the event began in 2004, and the first since Mateo Sossah in 2010.


NC STATE’S PERRY TAKES THE LONG JUMP

NC State junior Alexis Perry entered the 2015 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship as the highest ranked student-athlete in the women’s long jump, and she lived up to her billing on Friday with a gold medal distance of 6.34 (20-09.75).

Defending champion Der’Renae Freeman of Florida State took the silver medal at 6.30m (20-08), and North Carolina junior Xenia Rahn – who claimed the pentathlon gold medal on Thursday – finished third at 6.25m (20-06.25).


UNC’s RAMSEY TAKES HEPTATHLON POLE VAULT

North Carolina’s Ryan Ramsey led all men’s heptathlon pole vaulters with an effort of 5.05m (16-6.75). Duke senior Ian Rock was also over 16 feet at 4.95m (16-2.75).

With only the 1,000 meter run remaining, North Carolina’s Paul Haley continues to lead with 4,675 points. Ramsey is next at 4,613, followed by Rock at 4,608. Rock captured the event as a sophomore in 2013

The heptathlon 1,000 meters race is slated  for 3:25 p.m. today.


ADDISON CLAIMS MEN’S HIGH JUMP

NC State junior Jonathan Addison took the gold medal in the men’s high jump on Friday, matching his season’s best of 2.14m (7-0.25) on his second attempt.

Clemson senior Torian Ware took the silver medal, while  Florida State junior Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga and Miami junior John-Patrick Friday shared the bronze medal. All posted jumps of 2.11m (6-11).

Addison became the first NC State athlete since Kris Kornegay-Gober in 2012 to claim the men’s high jump gold medal the ACC Indoor Championships.


RUNNING EVENTS QUALIFYING

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 Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House.

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 hepathlon.


MEN’S HEPTATHLON 60 METER HURDLES

North Carolina’s Paul Haley and Pitt’s Luke Gallaher remained 1-2 in the men’s heptathlon scoring after running the 60-meter hurdles to open Friday’s session of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Haley posted a time of 8.13 and leads the overall scoring with 4,049 points. Gallaher holds second place at 3,880, while Notre Dame’s Brent Swanberg is third at 3,728 – just ahead of Duke’s Ian Rock at 3,713.

Five heptathlon events have now been completed, and the event concludes later today with the pole vault and 1,000 meters at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House.