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Feb. 25, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - For the second straight year and the third time in four seasons, Clemson's Liane Weber opened the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships with a gold medal performance.
The Clemson senior All-American successfully defended her women's pentathlon championship on Thursday with a record-setting showing at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House. Weber finished with 4,262 total points to break the ACC and facility record of 4,218 points she set last season.
The fourth-ranked Weber set the tone for her winning day early, posting a third-place time of 8.57 in the 60-meter hurdles. Weber followed with a high jump of 5-8, matching Duke's Karolina Haraldsdottir and Clemson teammate Linda Bucholz for best in that event.
Weber, who also won the pentathlon as a freshman in 2007 with 4,089 points, added a shot put throw of 40-5, then led all competitors with a long jump of 19-5¼.
The Wangen, Germany native led most of the way in the final event of the day - the 800 meters - before being overtaken on the final lap by Maryland's Kiani Profit.
Profit's effort sealed a silver-medal, 4,125-point showing. Duke's Haraldsdottir took the bronze with 3,910 points. Weber and Profit automatically qualified for NCAA competition, and Haraldsdottir earned a provisional qualification.
On the men's side, Clemson senior Miller Moss finished the day as the leader in the hepathlon with 3,108 total points.
Two-time defending champion Gonzalo Barrhoilhet of Florida State entered this week's meet ranked No. 2 nationally, leading a strong ACC men's heptathlon field. North Carolina senior Mateo Sossah ranks seventh, Wake Forest senior Brent LaRue ninth and Clemson's Moss 10th.
With four of the heptathlon's seven events completed, Sossah is in second place with 3,090 points. LaRue holds fourth place at 3,085, two points behind Duke's third-place Curtis Beach. Barroilhet is in fifth place with 2,847 points.
The 2010 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships will resume tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 26) at noon and will run into the early evening. Highlights will include the conclusion of the men's heptathlon, finals in the men's and women's field events, and qualifying heats in the running events. Finals in most of the running events are scheduled for Saturday.
Live coverage can be seen at theACC.com on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. and on Saturday beginning at noon. In addition, live results can be found by visiting the official championship website: http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-itf-championship.html
Thursday's Top-Three Finishers (All-ACC):
Liane Weber, Clemson - 4,262 points *^
Kiani Profit, Maryland - 4,125 points
Karolina Haraldsdottir, Duke - 3, 910 points
* - ACC Record
^ - Rector Field House Record
Women's Team Scoring thru 1 event
T3-North Carolina 6
5-Wake Forest 5