Virginia Tech Men Maintain Lead, Duke Women Grab First Place

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Two ACC Championship records fell on the second day of action at the 2012 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Lannigan Field at the University of Virginia.

The Virginia Tech men remain in the lead after two days of competition with 82 points, ahead of Florida State’s 52 and Virginia’s 40. Duke sits in fourth with 39 points, and is followed by North Carolina (23), Wake Forest (22), NC State (21), Clemson (10), Georgia Tech (10), Maryland (9), and Boston College (4).

On the women’s side, Duke has accumulated 55 points and sits in first place. Virginia Tech is in second with 39, ahead of Clemson with 37, Virginia with 35, and Florida State with 34. NC State (33), Maryland (22), North Carolina (18), Georgia Tech (12), Miami (10), Wake Forest (9), and Boston College (8) round out the field.

Kiani Profit held on to her first day lead to finish with 5695 points and win the first gold in the heptathlon for a Maryland Terrapin since 2001. The senior won all three events on the second day of competition, with marks of 5.64 meters in the long jump, 37.80 meters in the javelin, and 2:10.92 in the 800 meters. Clemson’s Whitney Fountain (5145) and North Carolina’s Ariel Roberts (4882) took second and third place.

In the decathlon, Florida State’s Gonzalo Barroilhet won three of the five events on Friday to take home the gold and set a new ACC Championship record with 8065 points. The Seminole senior finished first in the 110-meter hurdles (14.14), discus (45.22m), and pole vault (5.30m), and finished second in the javelin (54.70m) and fourth in the 1500-meter run (4:49.19) to become the first Florida State athlete to win the event since 1998. He beat out Duke’s Curtis Beach (7764) and North Carolina’s Kyle Cranston (7031).

Florida State Seminoles swept the long jump events. In the men’s competition, sophomore Paul Madzivire jumped 7.57 meters to win and beat out Virginia Tech’s Jeff Artis-Gray (7.53m) and Zach Ray (7.46m). Amy Harris won it for the women, jumping 6.43 meters to beat Clemson’ April Sinkler (6.24m) and Chrishawn Williams (6.05m).

Virginia Tech won five of the six medals in the pole vault and set two new facility records in the process. Hokie freshmen Martina Schultze (4.30m) and Victoria von Eynatten won gold and silver, while Clemson’s Christy Gasparino (4.00m) finished in third. On the men’s side, the Virginia Tech trio of Hunter Hall (5.40m), Joe Davis (5.30m) and Michael Miller (5.30m) swept the podium spots. Combined with teammate Chris Uhle (5.10m) who finished in seventh, the Hokie men earned 26 points in the event.

Duke junior Shannon Sullivan won the women’s javelin title, reaching 48.51 meters with her fourth throw to beat Andrea Hopkins (47.22m), fellow Blue Devil and the defending champion in the event. Virginia senior Tara Karin (44.81m) finished in third and earned All-ACC honors.

Two new Lannigan Field records were set in the shot put. Virginia freshman Nick Vena (19.51m) broke the facility record that had stood since 1989 and won the gold over Duke’s Michael Barbas (18.03m) and North Carolina’s Kwabena Keene (17.97m). In the women’s competition, Duke sophomore Michelle Anumba took first place with a mark of 17.18 meters, ahead of NC State’s Tremanisha Taylor (16.14m) and Virginia Tech’s Valentina Muzaric (16.13m).

Jason Cusack, a senior at Virginia Tech, became the first ever Hokie to win an ACC steeplechase title when he finished in 8:55.36, holding off NC State’s Brian Himelright (8:56.46) and Wake Forest’s Paul Loeser (9:00.65).

In the final event of the night, Clemson’s Alyssa Kulik crossed the line in 9:52.90 in the women’s steeplechase to set a new ACC Championship record. Florida State teammates Colleen Quigley (10:02.53) and Astrid Leutert (10:07.20) won 14 points for the Seminoles with two podium finishes.

The top three individuals in each event earned All-ACC honors.

Championship action continues Saturday at 10 a.m. with the finals of the men’s and women’s high jump and the women’s discus throw. The field events will conclude at 1 p.m. with the men’s and women’s triple jump and the men’s discus throw. The track finals will start at 11:30 a.m. and include the 4x100 relay races, 1500 meters, 110-meter hurdles, 400 meters, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400-meter hurdles, 200 meters, 5000 meters, and the 4x400 races.

Live video streaming of the Championships will be available on theACC.com beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Live results will be available throughout the three-day event at http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-outdoor-track-field-championships.html.

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