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June 10, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa - Alexander Ziegler took first place in the men's hammer throw Thursday at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, en route to becoming Virginia Tech's fourth individual national champion in the event. The sophomore from Dischingen, Germany, is the school's ninth national champion, with all nine coming in track & field. He clinched the title on his last throw, edging teammate and defending champion Marcel Lomnicky with a mark of 238-6 (72.69m). Trailing Lomnicky heading into the final round, Ziegler registered a season-best throw on his final attempt to take over first and claim the victory. Hokies have now clinched all four of the ACC's men's hammer throw championships. Virginia Tech's four titles in the men's hammer throw ties for third-best all-time in NCAA history.
Competition was postponed until Friday due to inclement weather. Finals in the men's long jump and men's 10,000-meter run, which were originally scheduled for Thursday, will take place Friday.
On the strength of the 1-2 finish in the hammer throw, Virginia Tech currently sits atop the men's standings with 27 points through four events. North Carolina is tied for 16th with 3.5 points. On the women's side through five events Duke is currently tied for sixth with 10 points, while Clemson is tied for 28 with one.
Through eight events in the men's decathlon Clemson's Miller Moss is in first with 6,759 points. Duke's Curtis Beach is fourth with 6,559, while North Carolina's Mateo Sossah is 10th with 6,378. Competition was halted during the javelin throw, which will be completed Friday along with the 1500-meter run.
Clemson's Liane Weber is currently fourth in the women's heptathlon with 3,420 points through four events.