NATIONAL CHAMPION: Seidel’s Third Gold Medal Highlights Day 1 Of NCAA Indoors
ACC competitors also capture three silver, two bronze medals
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (theACC.com) – Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel again re-wrote the ACC record-book on Friday night, racing to the gold medal in the women’s 5,000 meters at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 15:15.21.
Seidel’s time is the third-fastest in NCAA history and breaks the ACC mark she set two weeks ago at the conference Indoor Championships in Boston by more than four seconds. The Hartland, Wisconsin, native has now claimed three national titles – one each in outdoor track, cross country and indoor track – in the past nine months.
Seidel’s effort highlighted an opening day that saw ACC competitors also claim three silver medals, two bronze medals and earn first- or second-team honors in numerous events.
NC State’s Jonathan Addison was just a jump away from missing the finals of the long jump, but a successful third jump of 25-3.25 after a pair of fouls kept him in the competition. In the finals, he saved his best jump for last, soaring 26-0.25 for second place. The jump marked the fourth time this season and the fifth time in his career that he jumped over 26 feet.
The second-place finish was the highest individual national finish for NC State since 2013. Addison’s place earned eight team points for the Pack and marks his highest finish at NCAAs. He has now finished as a first-team All-American in the last two NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Louisville’s Dolly Nyemah’s distance of 72-10 was good for silver medal in the women’s weight throw and is the second-best indoor finish for the Cardinals in the event, behind D'Ana McCarthy's two wins in 2009 and 2010.
Heading into the championship, Nyemah had recorded a previous personal best mark of 21.64m (71-0) at the ACC Championships, which ranked as sixth-best in the nation. The Indianapolis native has won the event three times this season while also posting four runner-up finishes.
First-team All-Americans Thomas Curtin and Deakin Volz highlighted a fast-showing out of the gate by Virginia Tech.
Curtin led the 5,000 meters for all but the final two laps of the event, placing second in 13:50.70 to Oregon’s Edward Cheserek. The senior’s finish earned him his third indoor All-America honor and his second consecutive year in the 5,000 meters. Curtin’s No. 2 mark is the highest finish for a Virginia Tech distance runner at the NCAA championship meet.
Volz led the pair of Hokie pole vaulters, placing third in his first NCAA Championships appearance. The freshman's 5.35-meter (17-6.5) clearance qualified him for a first-team All-America title and a bronze medal.
Florida State long-jumper Stefan Britts battled Addison and other top competitors throughout Friday’s event before taking the bronze medal at 24-4.50. A sixth-place finisher at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, Brits missed 16 months of competition between the 20014 and 2015 seasons due to injuries which required surgery. After making the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year, Brits was able to put the longest sustained training period of his FSU career together coming into the indoor season.
Stellar performances by Seidel and others pushed Notre Dame to third place in the women’s team scoring following day one. The Fighting Irish own 18 team points, nine behind leader Georgia. Louisville and NC State are tied for 10th place with eight points each.
Virginia Tech holds fourth place on the men’s side with 13.5 points, while NC State holds sixth place with 12. Florida State is tied for 14th with six points.
With a number of national competitors qualifying for Saturday’s running events, ACC teams are hopeful of more notable achievements as day two of competition wraps up the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championship today and this evening at the CrossPlex.
A capsule glance at ACC performances that earned first- or second-team All-America honors on Friday:
Senior Liv Westphal, who held the ACC record in the women’s 5,000 meters for most of the last two seasons, posted a 10th place time of 16:11.92 on Friday night to earn second-team All-America honors
Kaley Ciluffo ran the first leg of the distance medley relay for the Tigers and was joined by Deja Parrish, Ersula Farrow and Grace Barnett for an eighth-place time of 11:12.68. The effort makes them the first women’s All-American DMR team in program history.
Both of Clemson’s women competing in short sprints just missed the finals but still finish their indoor season as Second Team All-Americans. Myasia Jacobs was edged by .007-seconds in the 60 meter dash, finishing with a time of 7.27, while Sabria Hadley fell short of the cut in the 200 meter dash with her time of 23.62.
The group of senior Olivia Anderson, junior Madeline Kopp, sophomore Maddy Price and freshman Kim Hallowes capped Friday’s portion of the meet in the women’s distance medley relay, securing second team All-America status with a combined time of 11:24.47 to finish 11th overall.
Brits grabbed the lead in the long jump with his third-round mark of 7.73 meters (25-4.50) and held it into the sixth and final round of jumps. Three jumps away from a national title, Brits was unable to match closing leaps by Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson (7.95m) and NC State’s Addison (7.93), narrowly fouling his final attempt to claim the bronze.
Senior Der’Renae Freeman finished 10th in the women’s long jump, missing the finals on a tie-breaking second-best attempt after recording a mark of 6.23m (20-5.25). Sophomore Jogaile Petrokaite finished 11th (6.19m/20-3.75) as each earned second-team All-America honors.
Graduate student Meme Jean took 11th place and second-team All-America honors in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.15.
Jake Burton, coming off a school record at the ACC Championships in the men’s 800, ran 1:49.81 to place 14th overall. Chelsea Jarvis, who also set the school record in the women’s 800 this season, ran 2:08.29 to place 15th overall in the field. Each of those student-athletes also earned second-team All-America honors.
Freshman Bria Matthews entered the women’s long jump ranked No. 11 in the country and pulled off the seventh-place finish with a jump of 6.39m (20-11.75) to earn first team All-America honors. Matthews, the Most Outstanding Field Performer of the ACC Championships, will be back in action in the triple jump Saturday evening.
Nyemah and Damar Robinson earned first team All-America honors and Edwin Kibichiy earning second team All-America honors. Nyemah finished second in the women's weight throw while Robinson finished seventh in the high jump. Kibichiy finished the night 15th in the 5000m run.
Nyemah improved 10 spots from her 12th place finish last season at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She threw a personal best 22.21m (72-10) in her final throw of the night for a second place finish.
Robinson, competing in the NCAA Championships for the first time, finished seventh in the high jump with a mark of 2.18m (7-1). Kibichiy finished 15th in the 5000m run with a time of 14:24.42. He becomes the first Cardinal to earn Indoor All-America honors in the event.
Ebony Morrison clocked a personal-best time of 8.12 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to place nine and earn second-team All-America honors.
Other women’s second-team All-Americans’ included Shakima Wimbley (13th in the women’s 200 at 23.46) and the senior weight throw tandem of Tiffany Okieme and Precious Ogunleye. Okieme placed 10th with a mark of 19.97m, while Ogunleye finished 12th with a throw of 19.95m.
Carlos Mangum was also a second-team All-American with a weight throw of finished 14th at the NCAA meet with a mark of 20.31m.
Senior AJ Hicks earned first-team All-America status with his sixth-place weight throw of 70-7.75 (21.53 meters).
Addison’s silver medal highlighted a big opening night for the Wolfpack.
Both of NC State’s 5,000m runners earned fifth-place finishes in their respective races to score team points and earn first-team All-America honors. Luis Vargas earned his first indoor track All-America honor and the second of his collegiate career with a time of 13:52.75. Erika Kemp checked in at 15:58 even on the women’s side.
Nicole Chavis concluded her illustrious weight-throw career with her highest NCAA finish yet, taking fifth with a throw of 69-8.75. On the men’s side, Josh Davis earned his first-ever All-America honor, finishing 16th in the weight throw with a mark of 62-5. Davis qualified on a medical scratch just days before the meet.
Seidel’s memorable women’s 5,000 run wasn’t the only highlight of the night for the Fighting Irish in the event. Anna Rohrer clocked a fourth-place time of 15:54.53, as ACC runners dominated the event with four finishers among the top 10.
Nate Richartz continued Notre Dame's All-American haul as he captured first-team honors by finishing in eighth place on the back of clearing the 17-6.5 (5.32m) height in the pole vault.
In the last event of the night, the distance medley relay team of Jessica Harris, Parker English, Jamie Marvil and Danielle Aragon finished sixth in the event with a time of 11:01.62 after Aragon ran her fastest mile ever in a competitive race.
In the final collegiate meet of his career, graduate student Andrew Wells earned second team All-America status with a 12th place finish in the men’s weight throw. The ACC champion placed 12th at the NCAAs with a throw of 20.60m.
Colin Bennie earned first team All-America honors in the 5000-meters with an eighth-place run of 13:53.64.
Joel Hubbard (4:11.91) finished 15th overall in the men’s mile for second-team All-America honors. Shaina Harrison also earned second team All-America honors with her performance on Friday in the 60-meter dash. She finished 13th overall, missing out on the finals, after crossing the line in 7.38 seconds.
The men’s distance medley relay of freshman Robby Keough (Atlanta, Ga.), junior Nathan Kiley (Chantilly, Va.), sophomore Kenneth Hagen (Blacksburg, Va.) and freshman Matthew Novak (Glen Allen, Va.) placed 10th in a time of 9:53.16. After Keough had to hurdle a runner who had fallen due to a collision in front of him, Kiley ran the third-fastest 400m split (47.39) of the field of 12 teams.
Graduate student Iona Lake placed 15th overall in the women’s mile semifinals in 4:48.11. Lake joined the men’s DMR team in earning second team All-America status.