Virginia Men, Clemson Women Lead After Day One of ACC Track & Field Championships

April 15, 2010

CLEMSON, S.C.-- The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship got underway today at the Rock Norman Track Complex on the Clemson University campus. After one day of competition, the Virginia men and Clemson women's teams hold leads.

It didn't take long for history to be made, as Virginia senior Megan Briggs added her name to the conference record books in the first event of the day. Briggs became the second javelin thrower in league history to win three consecutive titles, heaving the spear 171 feet, 10 inches. Her mark was nine feet, 10 inches better than her first-place throw from a year ago. Only Julia Solo, also of Virginia, won the event three straight times, claiming four javelin crowns from 1986-89.

The Tigers otherwise highlighted the women's javelin, with seniors Bethanie Wachna (160-8.00), Linda Buchholz (152-0.00), and Liane Weber (149-5.00) claiming the next three spots, racking up 24 points in the process.

While Duke junior John Austin--who became only the third Blue Devil and first since Mike Curtis in 1963 to win the javelin title--won the event with a 225-foot toss and Cavalier sophomore Andy Fahringer placed second with a mark of 222 feet, 9.00 inches, the men's javelin throw belonged to Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons totaled 13 points in the event between third-place finisher Ben Lincoln (210-11.00), fifth-place finisher Thomas Sensing (204-10.00), and sixth-place finisher Luke Hadden (197-0.00). Deacon junior Stephen Castillejo also came in ninth with a 183-foot, 5.00-inch throw, but did not score points.

Weber is in first place in the heptathlon after four events with 3,498 points, but Maryland junior Kiani Profit is in a close second with 3,405 tallies. Weber is the only heptathlete to have won two competitions and placed in the top five in the first four events, winning the high jump (5-9.25) and shot put (40-2.75), and placing third in the 100-meter hurdles (13.94) and fourth in the 200-meter dash (24.80). Following Weber and Profit in the heptathlon is a trio of seniors in Patricia Mamona of Clemson (3,304), Alexandria Coppadge of North Carolina (3,158), and Karolina Haraldsdottir of Duke (3,095).

Tiger senior Miller Moss leads the decathlon with 4,080 points after taking first place in the 100 and 400-meter dashes with times of 10.70 and 47.51, respectively, and finishing in the top-five in each of the first five events. North Carolina senior Mateo Sossah, who also claimed a top-five spot over the first five events, sits in second place with 3,924 points, and is followed by Tar Heel senior Daniel Keller (3,700), Wake Forest sophomore Alex Hill (3,563), and North Carolina senior Matthew Willemain (3,411).

Seniors Igor Misljenovic of Virginia Tech and Steve Marcelle of Georgia Tech returned to old form in the men's discus throw, claiming the top two spots. Misljenovic, who captured All-ACC recognition at his second championship, recorded a throw of 182 feet, 2.00 inches, while Marcelle had a 180-foot, 8.00-inch heave and earned all-conference status for the fourth year. Duke Freshman Austin Gamble had a mark of 179 feet, 5.00 inches to take third place.

The women's discus throw saw a trio of first-time All-ACC honorees. Georgia Tech sophomore Bailey Wagner, who entered the event with the fourth-best seed mark among the 13-person field, won the event with a toss of 169 feet, 11.00 inches, becoming the first Yellow Jacket discus champion in school history. Boston College sophomore Kelsey Huckins and Maryland junior Kristen Batts each threw the discus 161 feet, 5.00 inches to finish in second and third place, respectively, after Huckins' second-best throw topped that of Batts' by nearly four feet.

Day one of the championship concluded with the 10,000-meter run. On the men's side, NC State freshman Ryan Hill clocked a 29:32.28 to take top honors. Hill is the second Wolfpack to take the 10,000-meter title in the last three years, and eighth all-time, which ties Clemson for the league record.

Virginia junior Ryan Collins and senior Trey Miller followed Hill in second and third place with times of 29:35.10 and 29:40.71, respectively.

Wake Forest sophomore Anna Nosenko won on the women's side in 34.03.27, giving the Demon Deacons a league record eight 10,000-meter champions. Joining Nosenko as first-time All-ACC honorees were Tiger sophomore Kim Ruck (34:20.28) in second place and Florida State junior Pasca Cheruiyot (34:57.79) in third place.

After the first day of competition, the Cavalier men are in first place with 25 points, followed by Duke in second with 16, while Florida State and Wake Forest are tied for third with 14 tallies each. Clemson leads the women's standings after having racked up 29 points. Virginia stands in second with 21, while Duke and Georgia Tech are tied for third with 11.

The second of three days of action begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the remainder of the heptathlon and decathlon. The women's long jump and men's shot put begin at 11 a.m., with the men's long jump and women's shot put following at 2 p.m. Preliminary running events are slated to start at 3 p.m., and the day will conclude with the men's and women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at 6:45 and 7:15 p.m., respectively.

Live coverage will be video-streamed via theACC.com beginning at 3 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Jerry Massey will call the action. In addition, live results will be available on the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-otf-championship.html.

MEN'S TEAM STANDINGS (3 events): 1. Virginia, 25; 2. Duke, 16; T3. Wake Forest, 14; T3. Florida State, 14; 5. North Carolina, 11; T6. Virginia Tech, 10; T6. NC State, 10; 8. Georgia Tech, 8; 9. Boston College, 4; 10. Maryland, 3; 11.Clemson, 2; 12. Miami, 0.

MEN'S RESULTS: 10,000-meter run: 1. Ryan Hill (NCS), 29:32.28, 2. Ryan Collins (UVa.), 29:35.10, 3. Trey Miller (UVa.), 29:40.71; Discus: 1. Igor Misljenovic (VT), 182-2.00, 2. Steve Marcelle (GT), 180-8.00, 3. Austin Gamble (Duke), 179-5.00; Javelin: 1. John Austin (Duke), 225-0.00, 2. Andy Fahringer (UVa.), 222-9.00), 3. Ben Lincoln (WF), 210-11.00).

WOMEN'S TEAM STANDINGS (3 events): 1. Clemson, 29; 2. Virginia, 21; T3. Duke, 11; T3. Georgia Tech, 11; T5. Florida State, 10; T5. Wake Forest, 10; 7. Boston College, 8; 8. Maryland, 6; T9. North Carolina, 5; T9. NC State, 5; 11. Miami, 1; 12. Virginia Tech, 0.

WOMEN'S RESULTS: 10,000-meter run: 1. Anna Nosenko (WF), 34:03.27, 2. Kim Ruck (Clem.), 34:20.28, 3. Pasca Cheruiyot (FSU), 34.57.79; Discus: 1. Bailey Wagner (GT), 169-11.00, 2. Kelsey Huckins (BC), 161-5.00, 3. Kristen Batts (Md.), 161-5.00; Javelin: 1. Megan Briggs (UVa.), 171-10.00, 2. Bethanie Wachna (Clem.), 160-8.00, 3. Linda Buchholz (Clem.), 152-0.00.