Virginia Tech Men, Virginia Women Lead After Day One

April 19, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After the conclusion of the first day of competition, the Virginia Tech men and Virginia women hold leads at the 2012 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at Lannigan Field at the University of Virginia.

The Virginia Tech men scored 28 points and lead after the first day. Virginia and Florida State are tied at 24 points apiece, ahead of Duke with 14 points and NC State with 13. Wake Forest (11), North Carolina (2), and Maryland (1) round out the field for the men.

Through two events, the Virginia women lead with 19 points, followed by Duke with 16, NC State with 15, and Virginia Tech with 10. Maryland (9), Miami (4), Florida State (4), and Clemson (1) round out the women’s field.

Maryland senior Kiani Profit tallied 3,378 points through four events to take the lead in the women’s heptathlon. She posted top finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (14.13), shot put (12.09m), and 200-meter dash (24.50), and finished in second in the high jump (1.67m) to North Carolina’s Ariel Roberts (1.70m). Roberts sits in second after the first day with 3,158 points, ahead of Clemson freshman Whitney Fountain who accumulated 3,042 points.

On the strength of three first-place finishes, Duke sophomore Curtis Beach leads the men’s decathlon with 4,060 points through five events. The Albuquerque, N.M., native won the 100-meter dash (10.90), the 400-meter dash (46.96), and set a new personal best in the long jump (7.56m). Beach has a nine-point lead over Florida State senior Gonzalo Barroilhet, who won the shot put (14.34m) and high jump (2.06m). North Carolina freshman Joe Hutchinson sits in third with 3,745 points.

Virginia Tech freshman Annjulie Vester won the women’s hammer with a throw of 59.87 meters, the fifth title in the event for a Hokie in the last six years. Virginia senior Maureen Laffan (59.11m) and Maryland senior Jessie Echard (55.96m) also earned All-ACC honors.

Alexander Ziegler, a junior at Virginia Tech, won the men’s hammer with a mark of 70.09 meters to make it four straight titles in the event for the Hokies. Teammate Denis Mahmic (63.39m) finished in second as the Virginia Tech men earned 18 points in the event. Virginia’s Vincenzo Chiariello finished in third (61.84m).

In the men’s javelin, Virginia Tech junior Matthias Treff (74.68m) set a new ACC Championship record, breaking the mark set in 1992 by North Carolina’s Sean Murray. He narrowly beat Virginia’s Andy Fahringer (74.56m), who also topped Murray’s distance. Wake Forest junior Ben Lincoln (73.23) earned the bronze with a third-place finish. It is the second-straight title for Treff and the third of his career.

Brendan O’Neill, a senior at Florida State, took home the title in the men’s 10,000 meters with a time of 29:30.00, setting a new facility record that had stood for 23 years. Fellow Seminole Michael Fout (29:32.43) finished in third as Florida State earned 16 points in the race. Virginia’s Sean Keveren came in second in 29.31.86.

In the final race of the night, Virginia senior Catherine White won the 10,000 meters in 33:51.23. NC State’s Andie Cozzarelli finished in 33:53.65, followed by Duke’s Carly Seymour in 33:55.53.

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

Championship action continues Friday at 12 p.m. with the conclusion of the decathlon and the heptathlon. Friday’s track events begin at 4 p.m., and include the prelims of the 1500 meters, 110-meter hurdles, 400 meters, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400-meter hurdles, and 200 meters, followed by the steeplechase finals. In field events, the women’s pole vault, long jump, and shot put will begin at 3 p.m., with men’s shot put, pole vault, long jump, and the women’s javelin at 6 p.m.

Live video streaming of the Championships will be available on theACC.com beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and at 1:15 on Saturday. Live results will be available throughout the three-day event at http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-outdoor-track-field-championships.html.

For complete coverage of the 2012 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, visit http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-outdoor-track-field-championships.html.