#ACCOTF Championships Day One

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WOMEN’S LONG JUMP (10:20 p.m.)

Defending champion Der'Renae Freeman slipped ahead of the field on her fifth jump and topped that effort on her final try to repeat as gold medalist with a mark of 6.33m (20-9¼) in the final event of Thursday’s opening session.

“It’s nice. It was a very close competition. It was all him. It was all God. He showed up and showed out. I’m just thankful. I’m blessed. It feels good to win. Finishing second indoors gave me motivation. I used to foul a lot. I fouled today, but it just takes one jump. It was nice," Freeman said.

NC State’s Alexis Perry delivered a silver medal jump of 6.17m (20-3) on her final attempt of the evening. Remarkably, the bronze medalist and fourth-place finishers were heptathlon competitors who had competed in four previous events. Duke’s Teddi Maslowski took third place at 6.16m (20-2 ½), and North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn placed fourth at 6.13m (20-1 ½).

Day one ended with Miami leading the women’s scoring with 19 points, followed by Louisville with 15 and Syracuse and Florida State at 14 points each.

North Carolina holds fifth place with 11, followed by NC State (9), Notre Dame (8), Duke (6), Boston College (6), Wake Forest (5), Clemson (5), Virginia Tech (3) and Virginia (2).

MEN’S 10,000 METERS (9:30 p.m.)

Louisville’s Ernest Kibet finished with a textbook “kick” midway through the final lap and passed Syracuse’s Dan Lennon to grab the gold medal in the men’s 10,000 meter run. The Cardinal sophomore finished with a winning time of 29:40.19. Lennon took the silver at 29:43.84, while Syracuse teammate Colin Bennie took the bronze at 29:50.64.

“I’ve been going through the season with setbacks," Kibet said. "But I feel like this is the biggest accomplishment of my career. I’m really glad I got it. It’s mental toughness. I stayed tough condition-wise. Louisville is great program. I’m proud to be here. I wish I could stay at Louisville forever.”    

Kibet is the first men's outdoor champion from Louisville in any event. 

The event closed out the men’s slate for day one of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championship. Defending champion and host Florida State holds first place with 26 team points. Syracuse an Virginia are tied for second with 18 points apiece.

Louisville holds fourth place with 14 points, followed by Virginia Tech (10), NC State (8), Notre Dame (6), North Carolina (6), Miami (5), Wake Forest (3), Pitt (2) and Georgia Tech (1).

WOMEN’S 10,000 METERS (8:57 p.m.)

The final women’s running event of Day One produced a new Mike Long Track record as Syracuse junior Margo Malone earned the gold medal with a first-place time of 33:33.69. Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel took home the silver medal at 33:39.70, and Boston College senior Liv Westphal was the bronze medalist at 33:42.03.

“Those girls are phenomenal runners, so it’s just an honor to be one of them. I just tried to remain calm and stay composed and then I heard my coach say ‘Be Brave’ and then I just went for it. I knew that they were pretty fast closers, so I just felt good and I wanted to go for it and I guess I got a little excited and then I just tried to hold on," said Malone.

Malone broke the previous track record of 34:24.24 set by Wake Forest’s Annie Bersagel, set the last time the ACC Championship was held here in 2005.

“We got pretty lucky with the weather. After the storm it definitely cooled down, so it was cool and my teammates and I just talked about how if we can make it through the Syracuse winter we can make it through the heat.”

MEN’S DECATHLON 400 METERS (8:14 p.m.)

Defending champion Robert Rohner of Duke put the finishing touches on a successful first day of the men’s decathlon, winning the 400 meters in a time of 49.45. Virginia freshman Jack Lint placed second at 49.79, ane Duke senior Ian Rock was third at 49.84.

Halfway through the decathlon, Rohner leads with 3,953 points. North Carolina’s Paul Haley is second at 3,890, and Pitt’s Luke Gallaher third at 3,828. The decathlon concludes on Friday with the 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 meter run.

MEN’S 1,500 PRELIMINARIES (8:10 p.m.)

Wake Forest sophomore Simon Holden led qualifiers for the men’s 1,500 meters, leading with a time of 3:42.39. Rounding out the 12-runner field for Saturday’s race will be Virginia’s Mike Marsella, Wake Forest’s Sebastian Fischbach, Syracuse’s Justyn Knight, Georgia Tech’s Brandon Lasater, Virginia’s Henry Wynne, Clemson’s Aaron Ramirez, Duke’s Nate McClafferty, Georgia Tech’s Jeremy Greenwald, Notre Dame’s Jacob Dumford, NC State’s Graham Crawford and Virginia Tech’s Neil Gourley.


Host Florida State made a strong showing in a star-studded men’s long jump, claiming three of the top four places early Thursday evening. The event featured the last four men’s outdoor long jump champions, and they finished in reverse descending order.

FSU sophomore Jalen Ramsey led the way at 7.96m (26-1½), while 2014 champion Jonathan Addison of NC State took the silver medal at 7.76m (25-5½). Florida State junior Stefan Brits, the 2013 champion, was third at 7.51m (24-7¾). And the Seminoles’ Paul Madzivire, who won in 2012, was fourth at 7.49m (24-7).

“It means a lot for me personally because as a two sport athlete I don’t get to practice as much as a full time track athlete so that’s a huge achievement for me. I just know that I’m blessed and I can’t help but smile," Ramsey said. 

“What really motivated me most was winning indoor, I wanted to win outdoors as well, I wanted to double up and that was the most important thing.”


Florida State senior Colleen Quigley set the qualifying pace in the women’s 1,500 meters, going the distance in a time of 4:19.98. Joining Quigley among the 12 qualifiers for Saturday’s late-afternoon final were Clemson’s Grace Barnett, Duke’s Madison Granger, Notre Dame’s Danielle Aragon, Virginia Tech’s Amanda Smith, Boston College’s Katherine O’Keefe, NC State’s Samantha George, North Carolina’s Annie LeHardy and Lianne Farber, Wake Forest’s Kathryn Lazarchick, North Carolina’s Karley Rempel and Megan Rempel of NC State.


Three student-athletes who have ranked among the leaders throughout the day led the high jump portion of the men’s decathlon. Pitt’s Luke Gallaher placed first at 2.05m (6-8¾), followed by North Carolina’s Paul Haley at 1.96m (6-5). Duke’s Robert Rohner took third place at 1.93m (6-4).

Rohner continues to lead the scoring with 3,113 points. Haley holds second at 3,069, and Gallaher is in third with 3,057.


Clemson’s Tevin Hester set a blistering pace in qualifying for what promises to be an exciting men’s 200 final, clocking a time of 20.39 on  Thursday evening. Hester will be joined on Friday by Florida State’s Trentavis Friday, North Carolina’s Ceo Ways, FSU’s Kendal Williams, Clemson’s Michael Cheeks, Notre Dame’s Christopher Giesting and Virginia’s Payton Hazzard.


Duke junior Teddi Maslowski won her second hepathlon event of the day, placing first in the 200 meters at 23.89. She was followed in the top three by Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel (25.26) and Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko at 25.28.

North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn, who placed fourth in the 200, continues to lead after four events with 3,551 points through four events. Maslowksi is second at 3,336 and Sadeiko just behind in third at 3,365. The heptathlon concludes on Friday with the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters run.


A number of the ACC’s elite runners from the 2015 season qualified for the women’s 200-meter final, led by Miami sophomore Shakima Wimbley at 22.99. Wimbley, the defending champion, will be joined in Saturday’s championship field by Clemson’s Sabria Hadley, Florida State’s Kala Funderburk, NC State’s Paisley Simmons, Clemson’s Myasia Jacobs, Notre Dame’s Margaret Bamgbose, Clemson’s Deja Parrish and Florida State’s Kali-Davis White.


North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn padded her lead in the heptathlon with a winning throw of 12.95m (42-6). Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel was next at 12.44m (40-9¾), and Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko held third at 11.96m (39-3).

Through three events, Rahn holds the top spot with 2,700 points. Duke’s Karli Johonnot is next at 2,527, and Sadeiko third at 2,502.


North Carolina freshman Kenny Selmon led the qualifying run  for the men’s 400 hurdles, leading the field with a time of 51.13. Pitt’s Desmond Palmer, UNC’s Javonte Lipsey, Florida State’s James Rhoden, North Carolina’s Rilwan Alowonle, Pitt’s Dustin Fuller, Miami’s Christian Cook and Virginia’s Devin Brewer rounded out the qualifying for Saturday evening’s final.


Florida State’s Sage Watson paced the qualifying for the women’s 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.87. Other qualifiers for Saturday’s final were Pitt’s Evann Thompson, Miami’s Kelsey Balkwell, North Carolina’s Cori Floyd, Clemson’s Samantha Elliott, Notre Dame’s Kaila Barber, Virginia Tech’s Christine London and Miami’s Jamika Glades.


Miami’s Precious Ogunleye delivered in the clutch. On her final throw in the sixth flight, Ogunleye came through with a toss of 59.05m (193-08) to claim the gold medal in the women’s hammer throw. Ogunleye passed Louisville junior Caitlin Gilmore, who earned the silver medal with a season-best throw of 58.00m (190-3). North Carolina’s Avana Story took the bronze at 57.52m (188-8).

“It means a lot to me I worked hard all year and I had a couple of bad meets but to put it together on the last throw especially it means a lot, especially after the rain delay and everything to come back and compete with everybody I’m happy and satisfied. This was my goal coming into the season," Ogunleye said.

With Ogunleye’s showing, a Miami student-athlete won the women’s hammer for the second straight year. Teammate Lea Johnson claimed the gold medal in last year’s Championship at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Johnson placed fifth on Thursday. With Tiffany Okieme taking fourth place, the Hurricanes had three of the top five finishers 


Defending champion Robert Rohner of Duke regained the lead in the decathlon with a first place showing in the shot put. Rohner registered a winning throw of 13.78m (45-2½). Brent Swanberg of Notre Dame placed second at 12.96m (42-6¼m), and Louisville’s Eric Fox was third at 12.86m (42-2¼).

Through three events, Rohner is out front with 2,373 points. North Carolina’s Paul Haley is next with 2,302, and Pitt’s Luke Gallaher holds third place at 2,207. The high jump and 400 meter run are still on tap today, with the five concluding events scheduled for Friday.

SET TO RESUME (4:27 p.m.)

In anticipation of the lightning delay at Mike Long Track being lifted at 4:30 p.m., competition in the women’s hammer throw, men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon events is scheduled to resume at 5:15 p.m. The men’s long jump, originally scheduled for a 4 p.m. start, will now begin at 6 p.m. The women’s long jump will now start at 8 p.m. (instead of 7 p.m. as originally scheduled). Preliminaries in the running events and the finals of the women’s and men’s 10,000 meters are still on this evening as scheduled.


The North Carolina tandem of Xenia Rahn and Emily Godwin each posted field-leading marks of 1.72m (5-7¾) in the women’s heptathlon high jump, earning a total of 872 points.

Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko, North Carolina’s Brooke Rowland, Duke’s Karli Johonnot, Louisville’s Linda Mutter and Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel all checked out at 1.69m (5-6½), earning 842 points.

After two events, Rahn leads the scoring with 1,976 points. Johonnot is next with 1,873, while Sadeiko holds third at 1,846.


After a third-place finish in the 100 meters of the men’s decathlon to open the day, North Carolina junior Paul Haley posted a first-place effort of 7.21m (23-8). Duke freshman Tanner Johnson took second place at 6.92m (22-8½), while Notre Dame junior Brent Swanberg was third at 6.80m (22-3¾).

Haley now leads the overall scoring with 1,698 through two events. Duke’s Robert Rohner is second at 1658, and Pitt’s Luke Gallaher hold third place at 1,612.

MEN’S DECATHLON: 100 METERS (12:10 pm)

Duke junior Robert Rohner raced to victory in the 100 meters of the men’s decathlon, leading with a time of 10.71. Pitt junior Luke Gallaher followed at 11:05, and North Carolina junior Paul Haley took the third spot at 11:12.

Rohner, the defending ACC decathlon champion, earned 926 points. Gallaher is at 850, Haley at 834, and Virgina’s Jack Lint at 827 in the early going.

MEN’S HAMMER THROW (11:58 a.m.)

Virginia Tech junior Tomas Kruzliak became the second competitor to claim the gold medal in the men’s hammer throw three consecutive years. Kruzliak’s top throw of 68.27 meters (224-0) on Thursday edged out Virginia sophomore Jordan Young, who registered 67.31 meters (220-10). North Carolina junior A.J. Hicks took the bronze medal at 65.45 meters (214-9).

Kruzliak, the 2013 NCAA champion, joins former Virginia Tech standout Marcel Lomnicky, who placed first in the event in 2009-11, as a three-time champion. The Hokies have dominated the hammer throw for the past decade, claiming the gold medal nine of the last 11 years.


Duke junior Teddi Maslowski took the early lead in the women’s heptathlon, racing to a first-place time of 13.51 in the 100-meter hurdles. She was followed by North Carolina senior Xenia Rahn (13.69) and Florida State sophomore Grete Sadeiko (14.08). That left Maslowski with 1,049 points, Rahn at 1,023 and  Sadeiko at 967. The trio ranked as the top three in the ACC in the women’s heptathlon during the regular season, with Rahn setting an ACC record of 5,930 points on April 8.


The forecast calls for probable thunderstorms later in the day, but the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships opened as scheduled under mostly sunny skies and 80 degree temperatures Thursday morning at Florida State’s Mike Long Track.

The men’s hammer throw began the competition at 10 a.m. Finals are also slated today in the women’s hammer throw, men’s long jump and women’s long jump. Today’s session concludes with the running of women’s 10,000 meters (8:10 p.m.) and men’s 10,000 meters (8:55 p.m.)

The women’s heptathlon gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with today’s competition including the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters.

The men’s decathlon also opens today with competition in the 100 meters, long jump, shot put and 400 meters.

In addition to finals slated for today, preliminaries are set early this evening in the women’s and men’s 400-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and 1,500-meter runs.

ESPN3 plans live coverage tonight, beginning at 7 p.m., with Tom Block on play-by-play and former Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world record holder Dan O’Brien providing analysis. The broadcast will be steamed lived on theACC.com at http://es.pn/1GYV2pq

Live results may be accessed throughout the Championship at http://theacc.co/OTFLiveResults