#ACCOTF Championships Day Two

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The men’ s steeplechase closed out Day 2 of the 2015 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and it featured an ACC Championship record.

Louisville sophomore Edwin Kibichiy delivered a gold medal mark of 8:33.78, breaking the previous Championship record of 8:34.38 set by Florida State’s Andrew Lemoncello in 2006. Florida State’s Zak Seddon took the silver at 8:36.75, and Virginia Tech’s Stuart Robertson was third at 8:42.73.

With 14 events remaining in Saturday’s final session, Virginia holds the men’s team lead with 48 points, followed by Florida State with 46 and Duke with 30.

Louisville holds fourth place with 28 points, followed by Virginia Tech 23, Syracuse 18, NC State 17, North Carolina 17, Wake Forest 11, Clemson 10, Notre Dame 10, Miami 9, Pitt 5, and Georgia Tech 1.

MEN’S DECATHLON: 1,500 METERS (9:39 p.m.)

A second-place showing in the 1,500 meters proved enough to lift Duke freshman Tanner Johnson to men’s decathlon championship on Friday night.

Johnson finished with 7,281 points, 21 ahead of Blue Devil teammate Ian Rock’s 7,260. Virginia freshman Jack Lint took the bronze medal with 7,179.

Johnson posted a time of 4:33.35 in the 1,500, second to fellow freshman Cameron Collins of Virginia’s 4:31.85. Notre Dame’s Brent Swanberg was third at 4:37.97.


Virginia junior Iona Lake used a strong closing finish to overtake Boston College’s Danielle Winslow and capture the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time Mike Long facility record of 10:08.31.

Winslow took the silver medal at 10:09.02, and Florida State’s Chelsea Woodruff the bronze at 10:13.69.

North Carolina closed out the day in first place in the women’s team scoring with 42 points, while Florida State hold second place with 36 and Louisville third with 32.

Virginia is fourth with 26, followed by Miami 24, Notre Dame 17, Boston College 15, NC State 15, Syracuse 14, Wake Forest 13, Virginia Tech 13, Duke 11, Pitt 9, Clemson 5, and Georgia Tech 1.

Fourteen events remain on the schedule for Saturday, including finals in most of the running events.

MEN’S SHOT PUT (9:16 p.m.)

Virginia sophomore Filip Mihaljevic took the gold medal in the men’s shot put with a throw of  19.10m (62-8).

Mihaljevic, who will defend his outdoor ACC title in the discus on Saturday, placed ahead of Wake Forest’s Jack Maurins 18.73m (61-5½). Jordan Young took the bronze medal with a throw of 18.66m (61-2¾), giving Virginia two of the top three finishers.

MEN’S 800 PRELIMS (9:07 p.m.)

Florida State’s Jake Burton paced the qualifying field for the men’s 800 with a time of 1:48.94.

The Seminole junior will be joined in the finals on Saturday by Virginia Tech’s Patrick Joseph, Georgia Tech’s Andres Littig, North Carolina’s O’Neal Wanliss, Florida State’s Otniel Teixeira, Virginia’s Nathan Kiley, Georgia Tech’s Brandon Lasater and Wake Forest’s Simon Holden.


Duke took over the top two spots in the men’s decathlon following completion of the javelin throw on Friday evening.

Pitt’s Luke Gallaher won the event with a throw of 57.78m (189-7), but Duke’s Ian Rock continues to lead the overall scoring with 6578 points, and Blue Devil freshman Tanner Johnson is next with 6,558. Virginia’s Jack Lint hold third place at 6,506.

Johnson placed second in the javelin at 57.12m (187-5), and Rock was third at 56.31m (184-9).

The 1,500 meters run is slated for 9:25 p.m. this evening and will wrap up the decathlon competition.


Due to heavy rain at Mike Long Track, the women’s pole vault at the 2015 ACC Outdoor Championship has been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m.

Friday night’s other field events and running events are currently continuing as scheduled.

WOMEN’S 800 PRELIMS (8:21 p.m.)

As a steady rain began to fall at Mike Long Track, Virginia Tech sophomore Hanna Green led qualifying for the women’s 800 meters with a solid time of 2:04.36.

Green will be joined in the finals by Florida State’s Sydnee Over, NC State’s Kenyetta Iyevbele, Miami’s Taneisha Cordell, North Carolina’s Elizabeth Whelan, Duke’s Anima Banks, Clemson’s Natoya Goule and Florida State’s Chelsea Jarvis.

MEN’S 100 PRELIMS (8:06 p.m.)

Florida State boasted three of the top four finishers and four total student-athletes  in qualifying for the men’s 100-meter dash.

Freshman Kendal Williams set the pace at 10.18, and he was followed by Clemson’s Tevin Hester, and classmate Trentavis Friday and FSU sophomore teammate Cejhae Greene.  Next came NC State’s Jonathan Addison, the Virginia Tech tandem of Darius Watkins and Alexander Ellison and FSU sophomore Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey and Addison finished 1-2 in the long jump on Thursday night, and Addison was the runner-up in the high jump on Friday.


The men’s decathlon pole vault evolved into a marathon between Duke senior Ian Rock and Louisville freshman Eric Fox. Rock finally prevailed, taking first place with a mark of 4.97m (16-3½). Fox followed at 4.87m (15-11¾), and Duke freshman Tanner Johnson placed third at 4.67m (15-3¾).

With eight events complete, North Carolina junior Paul Haley holds a narrow lead over Virginia freshman Jack Lint  with 5,921 points to 5,917. Rock’s strong pole vault showing vaulted him into third place with 5,896 points, two ahead of defending champion Robert Rohner of Duke.

The javelin throw and 1,500-meter run remain on the decathlon slate.

WOMEN’S 100 PRELIM (7:43 p.m.)

Clemson freshman Sabrina Hadley entered the ACC Outdoor Championship with the fastest regular-season time among conference sprinters in the women’s 100, and she lived up to her billing on Friday night by leading qualifying with a time of 11:52.

Hadley was followed in the field of qualifiers by teammate Myasia Jacobs, NC State’s Paisley Simmons, Louisville’s Kayla Tyson, Florida State’s Kali Davis-White, Syracuse’s Shaina Harrison, Florida State’s Der'Renae Freeman and another Clemson freshman, Taylor Williams.

MEN’S 400 PRELIMS (7:30 p.m.)

Clemson freshman Jeffrey Green led men’s 400 meters qualifying with a time of 45.97. He will be joined in Saturday’s field by Florida State’s Michael Cherry, Notre Dame’s Christopher Giesting, Virginia’s Payton Hazzard, North Carolina’s Javonte Lipsey, Lousivlle’s Josh Hall, and Clemson’s Michael Cheeks and Cordell Lamb.

Hazzard was this year’s 400 indoor gold medalist, with Giesting taking the silver and Cherry claiming the bronze.

MEN’S HIGH JUMP (7:24 p.m.)

Clemson senior Torian Ware made the most of his last chance at a gold medal in the men’s high jump, grabbing first place with a 2.14m (7-¼) effort. Ware became the first Clemson student-athelte to win the ACC outdoor men’s high jump championship since Adam Linkenauger took four straight gold medals from 2004 through 2007.

NC State junior Jonathan Addison, this year’s indoor champion, took the silver at 2.08m (6-9¾ ). North Carolina freshman Stephen Dunbar took the bronze with a 2.05m (6-8¾ ) mark.

WOMEN’S 400 PRELIMS (7:13 p.m.)

The stage is set for an intriguing women’s 400 final following a Friday evening preliminary that saw a number of elite athletes earned their place in the field.

Miami sophomore All-American Shakima Wimbley set the qualifying pace at 51.09. She will be joined on Saturday by Clemson’s Natoya Goule, Florida State’s Kala Funderburk, Notre Dame’s Margaret Bamgbose, Duke Madeline Kopp, two-time defending champion Jordan Lavender of Virginia, Notre Dame’s Amber Lalla and Clemson’s Olivia James.

MEN’S 110 HURDLES PRELIMS (6:57 p.m.)

Clemson senior Justin Johnson paced qualifying for the men’s 110 hurdles with a time of 13.61 in Friday evening’s preliminary. Johnson was joined by Miami’s Artie Burns, Syracuse’s Donald Pollitt and Freddie Crittenden, North Carolina’s Roy Smith, Pitt’s Desmond Palmer, Miami’s Christian Cook and Clemson’s Elijan Britton.

WOMEN’S SHOT PUT (6:51 p.m.)

In an exciting final that saw the lead change hands several times, Louisville sophomore Emmonnie Henderson came up huge with a gold medal throw of 17.09m (56-1) on her final attempt.

Henderson – named the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week twice in a row to close the regular season – overtook North Carolina’s Sarah Howard, who progressively improved her distance on each of her three throws in the finals, and defending champion Tremanisha Taylor of NC State. Howard took the silver medal at 16.96m (55-7¾), and Taylor the bronze at 16.53m (54-2¾).

WOMEN’S 100 HURDLES PRELIM (6:29 p.m.)

Defending champion Jade Barber of Notre Dame set the pace in qualifying for the women’s 100 hurdles with a field-leading time of 13:14 in Friday evening’s preliminary.

Barber will be joined in Saturday’s final by NC State’s Alexis Perry, Clemson’s Samantha Elliott, Florida State’s Nicole Setterington, Miami’s Jamika Glades and Kayann Richards, North Carolina’s Natisha Dixon and Pitt’s Khadeja Kearney.


Following a weather delay of 3 ½ hours, the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship will resume at 5:45 p.m. with the women’s shot put and the decathlon pole vault. Running event preliminaries will begin at 6:15 p.pm., 30 minutes after the originally scheduled time.


For the second consecutive day, competition at the 2015 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship was suspended due to lightning in the area. The Mike Long Track was evacuated at 2:29 p.m. and a decision will be made later regarding the resumption of competition. The weather advisory is not expected to be lifted until at least 3:28 p.m.


North Carolina senior Xenia Rahn nailed down the gold medal in the women’s heptathlon in record fashion, finishing with a fifth-place time of 2:21.24 in the 800 meters, but shattering the ACC overall, Championship and facility records for total scoring.

Rahn, who lay sprawled on the rain soaked track for several minutes after concluding the race, finished with 6,057 total points, breaking her own conference record of 5,930 points set earlier this season and breaking the previous ACC Championship mark of 5,928 points set by Clemson’s Liane Weber in 2010. Rahn also broke the previous Mike Long Track record of 5,490 set by Amber Williams of Miami in 2005.

Rahn’s mark also ranks as the second-highest in the NCAA this season.

Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko placed second in the heptathlon scoring with 5,551 points, while Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel took the bronze medal with 5,501.

Notre Dame’s Rachel Rhodes took first place in the heptathlon 800 with a time of 2:15.68. Amy Taintor of Miami was second at 2:16.12, and Duke junior Karli Johonnot was third at 2:18.48.


A heavy rain shower forced suspension of competition in the men’s decathlon pole vault at 2:06 p.m. The women’s heptathlon 800 meters scheduled for 2:15 p.m. is still on as scheduled.


North Carolina senior Xenia Rahn continued to close in on a gold medal in the women’s heptathlon with a field-leading throw of 44.46m (145-10) in the javelin. UNC teammate Brooke Rowland followed at 42.85m (140-7), and Florida State’s Grete Sadeiko was next at 42.30m (138-9).

With only the 800 meter run remaining, Rahn leads with 5,250 points. Sadeiko is second with 4,770 and Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel holds third with 4,735.

The 800m run is set for 2:15 p.m.


Virginia freshman Jack Lint continued to mount a challenge in the men’s decathlon with a first-place throw of 41.20m (135-2) in the discus. Duke held the next two places, with freshman Tanner Johnson at 38.44m (126-1) and senior Ian Rock at 36.62m (120-2).

With three events remaining, North Carolina junior Paul Haley continues to lead the overall scoring at 5,284. Lint is in second place with 5,224 points, and defending champion Robert Rohner of Duke holds third with 5,201.


After placing fifth in the overall women’s long jump some 15 hours earlier, North Carolina senor Xenia Rahn won the heptathlon section of the event on Friday and padded her overall lead.

Rahn led with a jump of 6.31m (20-8½), followed by Notre Dame junior Carly Loeffel at 5.66m (18-7). Duke junior Karli Johonnot was next at 5.61m (18-5).

Rahn, who earlier this season set the overall ACC heptathlon record, continues to lead after five events here with 4,497 points. Loeffel is next at 4,098 and Johonnot followed at 4,067.


The men’s decathlon lead changed hands following the first event of Friday’s session, as North Carolina’s Paul Haley posted a first-place time of 14.75 in the 110-meter hurdles. Virginia’s Jack Lint followed at 15.27, and Notre Dame’s Brent Swanberg ran the third-fastest time at 15.38.

Through six events, Haley hold first place with 4,770 points, and defending champion Robert Rohner of Duke is second with 4,666. Pitt’s Luke Gallaher holds third place with 4,593.

The four remaining decathlon events are set for today – the discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 meters.


Virginia Tech sophomore Irena Sediva served quick notice as day two got underway, sending her first javelin throw soaring for a new ACC Championship and Mike Long Track record. But turns out she was just getting started.

Sediva’s initial throw of 57.34m (188-1) wasn’t quite as long as her nation-leading throw of 58.02m earlier this season that ranked 10th on the all-time NCAA list, but she took care of that on her fifth attempt of the day with a toss of 58.66m (192-0.5) that stands as the overall ACC record, Virginia Tech school record and ranks ninth all time on the NCAA list.

Sediva’s attempt stood up to the challenge of two-time defending champion Jessie Merckle of Wake Forest, who was outstanding in her own right with a season-best throw of 52.61m (172-7). Merckle took the silver medal, and Pitt’s Taylor Slaney the bronze at 45.58m (149-6).


It took one throw for Virginia Tech’s Irena Sediva to set a new ACC Championship record in the women’s javelin throw – 57.34 meters on her first attempt. Sediva entered the day ranked first in the nation in the event at 58.02 meters.

DAY TWO BEGINS (10 a.m.)

The second day of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships began under cloudy skies and 78 degree temperatures Friday at Florida State’s Mike Long Track. The women’s javelin throw opened the schedule, which includes the conclusion of the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon, finals in five field events and preliminaries in four men’s and women’s running events. The session is set to conclude this evening with the women’s and men’s 3,000 meters steeplechase finals.

The defending champion and host Florida State men held first place with 26 team points following Thursday’s opening events. Syracuse and 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).

Miami enters today leading the women’s scoring with 19 points, followed by Louisville with 15 and Syracuse and defending champion 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).

ESPN3 will provide coverage of tonight’s action, beginning at 7 p.m., with Tom Block handling play-by-play, former Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world record holder Dan O’Brien providing analysis and Grace Olson working as sideline reporter. TheACC.com will carry the livestream, which can be viewed at http://es.pn/1QBEJ9a.

The three-day Championship is set to conclude on Saturday.