Virginia Tech Men, UNC Women Lead After Day 2

Feb. 24, 2012

BOSTON, Mass. (theACC.com) – The defending champion Virginia Tech men and the North Carolina women held narrow team scoring leads in the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships as the second day of competition came to a close on Friday.

Buoyed by a strong effort in the weight throw, the Hokies led the men’s field with 40 ½ points through six events. Virginia and NC State followed with 37 points apiece, while Duke tallied 26 and Florida State 24.

Competition was tight after the conclusion of seven women’s events, as six total points separated the top six teams. UNC led with 35 points, followed by two-time defending champion Clemson with 34, Duke with 31 and Maryland with 30. Virginia Tech and Florida State were tied for fifth at 29.

The Championship concludes Saturday at Reggie Lewis Center. Finals are scheduled in a combined 18 running men’s and women’s running events, in addition to five field events.

The latter stages of Friday’s competition saw a fantastic finish in the distance medley relays, as meet records fell on both the men’s and women’s sides.

NC State set an ACC Championship Meet record with a time of 9:40.05, breaking the mark of 9:43.05 the Wolfpack set in 2011 at Blacksburg, Va. As he did a year ago, Ryan Hill anchored NC State’s winning effort. Hill, who closed at 3:57.34, was joined in the record-setting effort by Bobby Moldovan, Daniel Fretz and Vibushan Sivakumanran.

Florida State’s women followed suit, posting a gold medal time of 11:08.17, shattering the previous mark of 11:11.03 set by the Seminoles in 2008. Junior Amanda Winslow anchored the run, preceded by senior Hannah Brooks, freshman Jande Pierce and freshman Aubree Worden.

Friday’s action also saw one men’s field meet record fall, as the Wolfpack’s Kris Kornegay-Gober’s distance of 7-3 ¾ (2.23 meters) in the high jump bested the previous Championship mark of 2.22 meters that was set by Maryland’s William Skinner in 1987 and was the second-longest standing ACC Men’s Championship record.

Virginia Tech’s Victoria von Eynatten and Martina Schultze tied the women’s meet pole vault mark of 14-1¾ (4.31 meters) first set by Florida State’s Lacy Janson in 2006. Von Eynatten earned the gold medal tie-breaker (fewer misses), and the Hokies’ Kristen Brown took the bronze to give Virginia Tech a sweep of the top three places. The Hokies have placed first in five of the last six women’s pole vaults.

MEN’S COMPETITION

Keyed by first-place finishes in the long jump, 60-meter hurdles and 1,000-meter run Duke junior Curtis Beach claimed the men’s heptathlon, Beach closed with an NCAA automatic-qualifying 5,862 points, just shy of the meet record of 5,881 set by Clemson’s Miller Moss last year, when Beach finished second in the competition.

The 5,000 meter run featured a Virginia sweep as senior Mark Amirault led with a time of 14:13.61 and was closely followed by Cavalier freshman Christopher Foiley and sophomore Thomas Porter.

In addition to the high jump record by NC State’s Kornegay-G, two other field events were held on Friday. Florida State’s Paul Madzivire started the day with a winning distance of 25-2 (7.67 m) in the long jump.

Defending champion Virginia Tech closed the night by sweeping the top three spots in the weight throw for the second year, vaulting from sixth to second place in the overall team standings. Marcel Lomnicky set the pace with a gold-medal throw of 71-9 ½ (21.88 m). Two-time defending champion Alexander Ziegler placed second at 69-11 ½ (21.32), and Denis Mahmic took the bronze.

WOMEN’S COMPETITION

In the field events, Virginia’s Pearl Bickersteth claimed the high jump with a winning distance of Virginia 5-10 ½ (1.79 m). Clemson junior Brittney Waller earned her second straight ACC Championship gold medal in the weight throw with a winning toss of 66-10 (20.37 m) .

After a bronze medal showing amongst a strong field in 2010, Florida State senior Amy Harris took home the gold medal in the long jump with a distance of 20-4 ½ (6.21 m).

The 5,000-meter run saw Duke’s Carly Seymour post a winning time of 16:21.42.

Live coverage of the Championship’s third and final day will be carried Saturday on theACC.com 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 Saturday’s webcast coverage.

Women’s Team Scoring (through 7 events)
1. North Carolina 35
2. Clemson 34
3. Duke 31
4. Maryland 30
5. Florida State 29
5. Virginia Tech 29
7. Virginia 24
8. NC State 22
9. Miami 15
10. Georgia Tech 12
11. Boston College 9
12. Wake Forest 3

Men’s Team Scoring (Through 6 Events)
1. Virginia Tech 40.5
2. NC State 37
3. Virginia 37
4. Duke 26
5. Florida State 24
6. North Carolina 23.5
7. Maryland 16
8. Clemson 15
9. Miami 6
10. Wake Forest 5
11. Georgia Tech 3.5
12. Boston College 0.5