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April 18, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. (theACC.com) – The first day of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship is in the books following Thursday’s competition at NC State’s Paul H. Derr Track, and the schedule for Friday has been revised due to the threat of inclement weather.
Events will begin on Friday with the men’s javelin throw at 10:30 a.m. as planned, but the starts for several field events have been moved up to earlier times. In addition, the starting time for the running events has been moved up to 3:15 p.m., two hours earlier than originally planned. The men’s pole vault, originally set for late Friday afternoon, has been rescheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday’s busy opening day found the host NC State women leading with 28 points after five completed events. Florida State followed with 27, while Virginia posted 22 points and defending champion Clemson scored 19. Wake Forest (17), Virginia Tech (15), Duke (14), North Carolina (9), Boston College (4) and Georgia Tech (1) rounded out the scoring.
The discus and 10,000-meter run were completed on the men’s side, where Florida State claimed both gold medals and holds the overall team lead with 20 points. Duke held second place with 19, followed by North Carolina 15, Virginia 10 and Miami 6. NC State and Virginia Tech are tied for sixth place with 4 points apiece.
The women’s field events opened with the javelin throw, where Wake Forest freshman Jessie Merckle took the gold medal with a throw of 162-9 (49.51 meters). Florida State’s Kellion Knibb took honors in the women’s discus with a toss of 179-1 (54.59 m).
Virginia Tech picked up first-place points in the pole vault, where sophomore Martina Schultze repeated as gold medalist. Schultze’s winning vault of 13-5 ¼ (4.10 meters) matched that of North Carolina sophomore Cameron Overstreet, and Schultze earned the edge as a result of her fewer missed attempts. She became the fourth student-athlete to win the ACC women’s pole vault championship more than once.
Thursday’s women’s competition ended with another repeat winner, as Virginia’s Catherine White led the field in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:12.79. White became the fifth woman to win consecutive title in the 10,000 meters.
In men’s competition, Florida State’s Jeff Pelage continued his recent run of strong showings by taking first in the discus with a throw of 185-1 (55.31 m). The men’s 10,000-meter run closed out the night, and the Seminoles led the way again as Breandan O’Neill repeated as champion with a time of 29:59.28. O’Neill became the seventh ACC runner to win the event multiple times.
The top three individuals in each event earned All-ACC honors.
Five events were completed Friday in the women’s heptathlon. North Carolina freshman Tory Kemp leads with 3,282 points, with Duke freshman Karli Johonnot at 3,080 and Clemson sophomore Whitney Fountain at 3,011. The event concludes Friday with the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters.
After five events in the men’s decathlon, North Carolina sophomore Joe Hutchinson has amassed 3,845 and holds a 74-pont lead over freshman teammate Paul Haley (3,771). Duke freshman Robert Rohner holds third at 3,746.
Duke’s Curtis Beach, the ACC’s all-time record holder in the decathlon, did not enter this year but is competing in three other events. Blue Devil sophomore Ian Rock, who captured the heptathlon at the ACC Indoor Championship in February, suffered a hamstring injury Friday while running the 100 meters and did not compete in the day’s final four events.
Championship action continues Friday at 10:30 a.m. with men’s javelin leading off the field events. The conclusion of the decathlon and the heptathlon also highlight day two’s morning/early afternoon slate.
Friday’s running events begin at 3:15 p.m., and include the prelims of the men’s and women’s hurdles, prelims in the 100-meter and 800-meter runs, and the finals in both the men’s and women’s 10,000 meters.
Live video streaming of the Championships will be available at http://theacc.co/OTFWatchLive beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Live results will be available throughout the three-day event at http://theacc.co/OTFliveresults
For complete coverage of the 2013 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, visit http://theacc.co/OTFChamps
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