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

UM’S JOHNSON TAKES WOMEN’S WEIGHT THROW

Miami closed out the opening session of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships by claiming both the gold and bronze medals win the women’s weight throw.

Junior Lea Johnson successfully defended her title with a first-place throw 21.45 meters (70-4½) on her fourth attempt. That was enough to hold off NC State junior Nicole Chavis, who made a gallant effort on her sixth and final throw, registering a throw of 21.34m (70-3¾ ). Miami junior Tiffany Okieme took third place with a toss of 21.16m (69-5¼).

North Carolina finished Thursday leading the women’s scoring with 22 team points, two ahead of second-place defending champion Florida State. NC State held third place with 18, followed by Miami 16, Clemson 8, Duke 6, Louisville 5, Boston College 5, Virginia Tech 4, Virginia 3, Notre Dame 3, Wake Forest 3, Pitt 3 and Georgia Tech 1.

Action resumes on Friday and will feature the women’s long jump, pole vault and high jump, in addition to the 5,000 meters. The day will also be highlighted by qualifying in six running events. Competition begins at 11 a.m. at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House, and there is no charge for admission.


VIRGINIA CAPTURES MEN’S DMR

In a thrilling finish that saw the top three teams place four-10ths of a second apart, Virginia prevailed in the men’s distance medley relay at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday evening.

The Cavaliers checked in with a winning time of 9:42.87, with Duke right behind at 9:43.15 and Virginia Tech taking the bronze at 9:43.23.

Down the backstretch of the final lap, Virginia anchor Mike Marsella and Virginia Tech counterpart Thomas Curtin appeared set for a battle to the finish. But Duke’s Nate McClafferty finished strong with a closing split of 4:03.19, slipping in to secure the silver medal for the Blue Devils and just missing overtaking Marsella.

Strong legs by Cavaliers Kyle King, Payton Hazzard and Henry Wynne set the table for Marsella’s exciting finale. The DMR championship is the third for the Virginia men’s program and the first since 2010.

The result left Virginia ahead in the team scoring with two of 17 events scored. The Cavaliers have amassed 20 points through two events, followed by host Virginia Tech 11, Pitt 9, Duke 8, North Carolina 6, Florida State 5, Miami 4, Syracuse 4, NC State 4, Wake Forest 3, Clemson 3, and Notre Dame.

Action resumes on Friday and will feature the completion of the men’s heptathlon in addition to the high jump, long jump and 5,0000 meters. The day will also be highlighted by qualifying in six running events. Competition begins at 11 a.m. at Rector Field House, and there is no charge for admission.


FLORIDA STATE TAKES WOMEN’S DMR

A strong 1600 anchor leg by senior All-American Colleen Quigley propelled Florida State to a gold medal finish in the women’s distance medley relay at the 2015 ACC Track and Field Championships.

Quigley’s 4:39.84 split, combined with the efforts of Georgia Peel, Helene Swanepoel and Sydnee Over on the first three legs,  delivered a first-place Seminole finish of 11:09. 82. Clemson placed second at 11:14.43, while NC State took the bronze at 11:15.62.

It marks the third time in four seasons that the Seminoles have taken the women’s DMR at the ACC Championships and the seventh time overall. This year’s FSU squad, ranked ninth nationally, prevailed in a relay field that featured three teams ranked among the nation’s top 10 and five among the top 16.


VIRGINIA’S YOUNG TAKES MEN’S WEIGHT THROW (5:55pm)

A 22.92m (75-2½) on his second attempt proved enough for Virginia sophomore Jordan Young, who claimed the gold medal in the men’s weight thrown at the 2015 ACC Track and Field Championships.

Young, who bettered his best previous season’s mark of 22.61m, placed ahead of Pitt junior Andrew Wells (21.36, 70-1). North Carolina sophomore AJ Hicks, the 2014 champion, took the bronze medal on Thursday with a throw of 21.3 (69-4).

The distance medley relay, set for 6:30 p.m., concludes the schedule of men’s events for opening day at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House. The women’s DMR and weight throw are also scheduled for this evening.


UNC’S RAHN TAKES PENATATHLON (3:20 PM)

North Carolina junior Xenia Rahn became the first student-athlete to strike gold in the 2015 ACC Track and Field Championships, and she did so in record-setting fashion.

Rahn closed out the women’s pentathlon in a time of 2:23.51 in the 800 to finish a point total of 4,273 that led the field and broke the previous ACC Championship record of 4,262 set by Clemson’s Liana Weber in 2010. Rahn’s effort also ranks as the fifth-best effort in the nation this season.

Florida State sophomore Grete Sadeiko took the silver medal  with 4,105 points, while Duke junior Teddi Maslowski --- who placed first in the pentathlon 800 with a time of 2:15.30 – captured the bronze with 4,097.

Women’s Thursday action concludes this evening with the distance medley relay at 6 p.m., followed by the weight throw at 7 p.m.


MEN’S HEPTATHLON (3:00 PM)

Scoring in the men’s heptathlon has tightened heading into Friday’s final three events after Pitt’s Luke Gallaher concluded Thursday’s competition with a strong showing in the high jump.

North Carolina’s Paul Haley continues to lead with 3,100 points. Gallaher moved within 40 points at 3040 after leading the field in the high jump at 2.02m (6-07.5). Duke senior Ian Rock holds third place with 2,911 points.

Competition concludes Friday with the 60-meter hurdles at 11 a.m., followed by the pole vault at 12:15 p.m. and the 1,0000 meters at 2:45 p.m.


WOMEN’S PENTATHLON – 4 EVENTS (2:45 PM)

With just one event remaining in the 2015 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships women’s pentathlon, North Carolina junior Xenia Rahn continues to hold the upper hand.

Rahn delivered a long jump of 6.12m (20-01) to push her point total to 3,497 with one event – the 800 meters – remaining.

Florida State junior Grete Sedeiko remains in second place with 3,389 points. Duke’s Teddi Maslowski used a strong long jump (6.18m) to climb into third place with 3,208 points, four in front of North Carolina sophomore Tory Kemp.


WOMEN’S PENTATHLON (1:30 PM)

North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn, Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko and UNC’s Tory Kemp continue to hold the top three spots in the women’s pentathlon following the completion of three events at the 2015 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Rahn concluded Thursday’s shot put competition with 2,610 points after her leading throw of 12.58 meters  (41-03.25). Sadeiko has combined total of 2,558, while Kemp is at 2,457.

The pentathlon concludes this afternoon with the long jump and 800 meters.


MEN’S HEPTATHLON (1:30 PM)

North Carolina’s Paul Haley remains atop the men’s heptathlon leader board at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships following the shot put competition.

Haley leads with 2,360 points, and Pitt’s Luke Gallaher continues to hold second with 2,238, and Duke freshman Tanner Johnson is narrowly behind at 2,230.

The high jump is next on the slate and will conclude day one’s heptathlon competition. The event concludes with the 60 hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters on Friday.


MEN’S HEPTAHTLON – TWO EVENTS (12:40 PM)

North Carolina sophomore Paul Haley’s long jump of 7.28m (23-10¾) has moved him to the top of the men’s heptathlon standings after two events at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Haley has 1,690 points and is followed by Pitt’s Luke Gallaher at 1,641 and Duke’s Ian Rock at 1,560.

The shot put is next on the heptathlon schedule.


WOMEN’S HEPTATHLON – TWO EVENTS (12:20 PM)

North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn leads after the completion of two events in the 2015 ACC Track and Field Championship women’s pentathlon.

Rahn posted a high jump of 5-08 (1.73m) and has now accumulated 1,910 total points. Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko has moved into second place with 1,886 and North Carolina’s Tory Kemp holds third at 1,792. With UNC’s Emily Godwin just behind at 1,786, the Tar Heels hold three of the top four spots in the current standings.

The shot put is on the docket next for the pentathlon entrants.


MEN’S HEPTATHLON 60  (11:05 AM)

And they are literally off and running in the men’s heptathlon at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

North Carolina’s Ryan Ramsey posted a first-place time of 7.06 in the 60 meters to earn 861 points. Pitt’s Luke Gallaher holds second with 823, and UNC’s Paul Haley third at 809.

The long jump is up next for the heptathlon competitors.


CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDERWAY (10:45 am)

Despite moderate to heavy snow in Blacksburg, the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships opened this morning on schedule at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House.

Competition is underway in the women’s pentathlon events. Duke’s Teddi Maslowksi grabbed the early lead with a time of 8.39 in the 60 hurdles to earn 1,041 points. North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn holds second place at 1,1019 and Miami’s Stefani Kerrison at 1,017,

Other pentathlon events today include the high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 meters.

The men’s heptathlon began at 10:45 a.m. with today’s competition including the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put and high jump.

In addition to the women’s pentathlon, finals are set today in the men’s and women’s weight throws, as well as the men’s and women’s distance medley relays.