Maryland's LaFond Strikes First Gold In ACC Championships

Feb. 21, 2013

BLACKSBURG, Va. (theACC.com) – A strong start and a fast finish produced a gold medal for Maryland sophomore Thea LaFond on the opening day of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Holding a 231-point lead heading into the final event of Thursday’s women’s pentathlon, LaFond wrapped up the top spot by racing to a first-place finish in the 800-meter run at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House.

LaFond, who finished the 800 meters in a time of 2:20.63, had earlier led in the 60-meter hurdles (8.70) and the high jump (5-10.75). Her total of 4,111 points was the highest by an ACC competitor this season. LaFond was followed by Duke junior Miray Seward (3,784), while North Carolina freshman Tory Kemp took home the bronze medal with 3,730 points.

Duke, which also received a fifth-place finish from Bailey Murphy (3,547) led the team scoring with 12 points, followed by Maryland with 10, UNC with six and Virginia with five.

The men’s heptathlon got under way on Thursday, and North Carolina sophomore Joe Hutchinson leads after the completion of four events. Hutchinson accumulated 2,838 points in the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put and high jump to hold a narrow lead over Virginia Tech’s Scott Campbell (2,819) and UNC teammate Ryan Ramsey (2,804) heading into Friday’s competition, which will feature the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run.

The 2013 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships will resume on Friday at 11 a.m. and will continue through the early evening. Highlights will include the conclusion of the men's heptathlon, finals in seven field events, as well as the finals in both the men’s and women’s 5,000-meter runs, and the men’s and women’s distance medley relays. The competition concludes on Saturday.

Live coverage can be seen on theACC.com on Friday from 4:20 until approximately 8:30 p.m., and on Saturday from noon until 4:00 p.m.

Thursday's Top Three Finishers (All-ACC)

Women's Pentathlon
1. Thea LaFond, Maryland 4,111
2. Miray Seward, Duke 3,784
3. Tory Kemp, North Carolina 3,730

Women's Team Scoring through 1 event
1. Duke 12
2. Maryland 10
3. North Carolina 6
4. Virginia 5
5. NC State 3
6. Georgia Tech 2
7. Florida State 1

For more information on the championship, including a full event schedule, please see the following link: http://theacc.co/ITFChamps