No First-Year Jitters in Duke Freshman's Opening Act

Feb. 23, 2012

BOSTON, Mass. (tehACC.com) - Duke freshman Karli Johonnot left no room for doubt as the first session of the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded on Thursday at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Holding a narrow lead as the women's pentathlon entered its final event, Johonnot cruised to victory in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.93 to clinch the gold medal and propel the Blue Devils to an early team lead.

Johonnot, who also placed first in the high jump, led the field with 3,964 total points. The Las Vegas native topped her 2012 ACC-best showing of 3,802 points, first set on Jan. 27. North Carolina's Ariel Roberts was second with 3,849 points, and Clemson's Whitney Fountain finished third with 3,584.

In addition to her winning efforts in the 800 meters and high jump distance of 5-10 ½ (1.79 meters), Johonnot posted a third-place distance in the long jump of 17-11 (5.46 meters). The Las Vegas native also held her own with a ninth-place showing in the 60-meter dash and a fifth-place throw in the shot.

Duke's women will enter the first full day of competition on Friday with 13 team points, followed by UNC with eight, Georgia Tech with seven, two-time defending champion Clemson with six and Miami with five.

Duke also got off to a strong start on the men's side, as Duke's Curtis Beach parlayed stellar efforts in the long jump (23-3 ¼, 7.09 meters) and high jump (6-9, 2.06 meters), took the early lead in the men's heptathlon.

Beach leads with 3,134 points, followed by a pair of North Carolina freshmen - Joe Hutchinson at 2939 and Kyle Cranston at 2933. The event concludes Friday with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run. Beach placed second in the 2012 ACC Championship heptathlon.

The 2012 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships will resume tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 24) at 11 a.m. and will continue through early evening. Highlights will include the conclusion of the men's heptathlon, finals in seven field events, as well as the finals in the 5,000-meter run and the distance medley relay. The competition concludes on Saturday.

Live coverage can be seen on theACC.com on Friday from 3:00 until 7:45 p.m., and on Saturday from noon until 4:00 pm. Please see below for the full remainder of the Championships schedule, as well as links to live stats and Friday and Saturday's webcast coverage.

Thursday's Top Three Finishers (All-ACC)
Women's Pentathlon
1. Karli Johonnot, Duke 3,964
2. Ariel Roberts, North Carolina 3,849
3. Whitney Fountain, Clemson3,584

Women's Team Scoring through 1 event
1. Duke 13
2. North Carolina 8
3. Georgia Tech 7
4. Clemson 6
5. Miami 5