Duke Men, Women Lead After Day One of #ACCOTF Championships

April 21, 2011

DURHAM, N.C. - After combining for five podium and nine top five finishes, Duke leads both the men's and women's standings at the conclusion of day one of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are being held at Wallace Wade Stadium on the Duke University Campus in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devil men tallied 34 points on the day. NC State is second with 23, followed by Florida State in third with 19 and Virginia Tech in fourth with 15. Wake Forest (fifth, 11 points), Virginia (sixth, eight points) and North Carolina (seventh, seven points) round out the men's field.

On the women's side, the Blue Devils have 31 points. In second with 21 is Clemson, while Virginia is third with 15 and NC State is fourth with 13. Florida State and Maryland are tied for fifth with 10 points apiece. North Carolina (seventh, eight points), Miami (eight, five points), Virginia Tech (ninth, three points) and Georgia Tech (10th, one point) round out the women's field.

Led by senior Mike Schallmo's second-place finish in the men's discus throw, Duke claimed three of the top six spots to collect 15 points in the event. Schallmo recorded a mark of 181-4.00 (55.27m). Florida State senior Michael Putman claimed the top podium spot in the event, posting a toss of 187-11.00 (57.28m). It marked the first men's discus title for the Seminoles since 1997 and fourth overall. North Carolina junior Emory Parsons finished third at 175-2.00 (53.40m).

Duke sophomore Andrea Hopkins took top honors in the women's javelin throw with a mark of 155-1.00 (47.28m). She was one of three Blue Devils to score points in the event as two others placed in the top seven. Duke has now claimed three league titles in the javelin as Daina Pucurs won in 2006 and 2007. Clemson senior Liane Weber finished second, recording a toss of 153-7.00 (46.82m). Virginia junior Tara Karin rounded out the top three at 148-11.00 (45.38m).

Maryland claimed its second title in the women's discus throw and first since 1983 as senior Kristen Batts registered a mark of 160-11.00 (49.06m) to take top honors, earning All-ACC accolades for the second consecutive time. Batts finished third in the event at last year's championship. Duke freshman Erica Brand placed second with a toss of 160-0.00 (48.78m), followed by Florida State junior Kamorean Hayes with a 158-5.00 (48.28m).

Virginia Tech sophomore Matthias Treff won his second men's javelin championship in three years, helping the Hokies claim their third title in the event. Treff recorded a throw of 239-6.00 (73.01m). Duke senior and defending champion John Austin took second with a mark of 231-1.00 (70.44m). Wake Forest sophomore Ben Lincoln placed third with a 226-4.00 (69.00m).

Clemson senior Patricia Mamona tallied 3,335 points through four events to take the lead in the women's heptathlon. She posted top finishes in both the 100-meter hurdles (13.60) and 200-meter dash (25.00), while tying for second in the high jump (5-6.50). Her teammate and defending conference champion, senior Liane Weber, is in second with 3,236 points. Weber won the shot put (40-7.75), took second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.14) and tied for fifth in the high jump (5-4.25). Georgia Tech senior Kayla McKeirnan is just 12 points out of second place with 3,224. She collected four top-four finishes on the day, tying for second in the high jump (5-6.50), and taking fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.32), shot put (36-11.00) and 200-meter dash (25.56).

On the strength of two first-place finishes, Mamona's teammate, senior Miller Moss leads through five events in the men's decathlon with 4,123 points. The 2011 ACC Indoor Track & Field champion in the event, Moss won the 100-meter dash (10.86) and shot put (45-3.75). He took second in the 400-meter dash (47.85) and third in both the long jump (22-8.50) and high jump (6-6.75). Duke freshman Curtis Beach is in second with 4,065 points after four top-two finishes. He won the 400-meter dash (47.72) and tied for first in the long jump (23-2.00), while taking second in both the 100-meter dash (10.88) and high jump (6-8.00). Two-time defending champion Mateo Sossah, a senior from North Carolina, is currently third with 3,994 points after winning the high jump (6-9.00), tying for first in the long jump (23-2.00), taking second in the shot put (44-9.75) and third in the 400-meter dash (49.54).

Thursday concluded with the 10,000-meter run. Junior Kim Ruck paced the field on the women's side giving Clemson its first title in the event since 1989 and third overall with a time of 33:47.85. Ruck garnered All-ACC accolades in the event for the second consecutive year. NC State sophomore Andie Cozzarelli placed second at 34:13.32 followed by Duke junior Carly Seymour at 34:19.95.

NC State sophomore Ryan Hill successfully defended his 10,000-meter title, finishing in 29:39.56. With the victory, the Wolfpack have now won a conference-leading nine championships in the event. NC State swept the top two spots as junior Adam Henken took second in 29:41.63. Florida State sophomore Wesley Rickman placed third at 29:45.06.

The top three individuals and first-place relay squad in each event earned All-ACC honors.

Championship action continues Friday at 10 a.m. with the completion of the women's heptathlon long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run. The men's decathlon concludes with the 110-meter high hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500-meter run at 11 a.m. Field events including the shot put, long jump and high jump are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Preliminaries in the 1500-meter run, 100-meter hurdles, 110-meter high hurdles, 400-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 800-meter run, 400-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash start at 4 p.m. The day concludes with the women's and men's 3000-meter steeplechase finals at 7:45 and 8:10 p.m.

Fans can follow the action at home Friday and Saturday via The ACC Network on theACC.com. Jerry Massey will have the call beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at http://www.theacc.com/allaccess/?media=240412. Live results will be available throughout the three-day event at http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-otf-livestats.html.

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MEN'S TEAM STANDINGS (3 events): 1. Duke (34 points); 2. NC State (23 points); 3. Florida State (19 points); 4. Virginia Tech (15 points); 5. Wake Forest (11 points); 6. Virginia (8 points); 7. North Carolina (7 points)

MEN'S RESULTS: Discus: 1. Michael Putman (FSU), 187-11.00; 2. Mike Schallmo (Duke), 181-4.00; 3. Emory Parsons (UNC), 175-2.00. Javelin: 1. Matthias Treff (VT), 239-6.00; 2. John Austin (Duke), 231-1.00; 3. Ben Lincoln (WF), 226-4.00 10,000-meter run: 1. Ryan Hill (NCSU), 29:39.56; 2. Adam Henken (NCSU) 29:41.63, 3. Wesley Rickman (FSU), 29:45.06

WOMEN'S TEAM STANDINGS (3 events): 1. Duke (31 points); 2. Clemson (21 points); 3. Virginia (15 points); 4. NC State (13 points); T5. Florida State (10 points); T5. Maryland (10 points); 7. North Carolina (8 points); 8. Miami (5 points); 9. Virginia Tech (3 points); 10. Georgia Tech (1 point)

WOMEN'S RESULTS: Discus: 1. Kristen Batts (Md.), 160-11.00; 2. Erica Brand (Duke), 160-0.00; 3. Kamorean Hayes (FSU), 158-5.0 Javelin: 1. Andrea Hopkins (Duke), 155-1.00; 2. Liane Weber (Clem.), 153-7.00; 3. Tara Karin (UVa.), 148-11.00 10,000-meter run: 1. Kimberly Ruck (Clem.), 33:47.85; 2. Andie Cozzarelli (NCSU), 34:13.32; 3. Carly Seymour (Duke), 34:19.95