Day Two Of ACC Outdoor Track And Field Championships In The Books

April 19, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. ( – Despite strong winds and an approaching storm early in the evening, the second day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships played out in its entirety Friday at the Paul H. Derr Track.

North Carolina, buoyed by a sweep of the top three places in the decathlon, leads the men’s team scoring with 59 points. Florida State is just behind at 57, followed by Duke and defending champion Virginia Tech with 33 apiece. Miami and Virginia are tied for the fifth spot with 23 points each, followed by Clemson (18), Wake Forest (11), NC State (10), Georgia Tech (4) and Maryland (2).

Florida State leads on the women’s side with 59 team points, followed by host NC State at 55 and Duke and North Carolina with 36 points apiece. Defending champion Clemson (29 points) holds fifth place, followed by Virginia (26), Wake Forest (20), Boston College (18), Virginia Tech (17), Georgia Tech (10) and Maryland 6.

But as is almost always the case, the outcomes on both sides hangs in the balance and won’t be resolved until Saturday, when finals are slated in 27 events.

Friday’s opening event saw Virginia Tech men’s javelin thrower Matthias Treff make history on two fronts. Treff became the first four-time gold medalist in the event with a throw of 249-1 feet (75.92 meters) and in the process broke the previous meet record of 245 feet (74.68) meters he set last year. Treff also holds the overall ACC record of 255-6 (77.8 meters), set at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Then came North Carolina’s decathlon sweep, as Tar Heel sophomore Joe Hutchinson (7,103 points) placed first, junior Ryan Ramsey (6,769) finished second and freshman Paul Haley (6,735) took the bronze medal. Hutchinson’s effort, coupled with former UNC standout Mateo Sossah’s four gold medals, gives the Tar Heels five first-place finishes in the last seven ACC men’s outdoor decathlons.

Miami freshman Isaiah Simmons, fresh off a bronze medal in Thursday’s discus throw, struck gold in the shot put on Friday with a heave of of 61-11 ¾ (18.89 meters). Simmons became the first Hurricane to win the event.

Florida State finished the day strong, as sophomore Stefan Brits took the gold in the long jump with a monster leap of 26-5 (8.05 meters), and freshman  Zak Seddon raced to victory in the steeplechase in 8:47.80. The dual victories pulled the nationally fifth-ranked Seminoles within two points of first place heading into Saturday’s action.

In women’s competition, Chelsea Whalen became the first Florida State winner of the shot put since 2000 with a throw of 53-7 (16.33 meters). 

Clemson sophomore Whitney Fountain, who began the day in third place in the women’s heptathlon, parlayed a first-place showing in the long jump and competitive efforts in the javelin throw and 800-meter run to post a gold medal score of 5094. Fountain’s strong finish gave the Tigers their third heptathlon gold medal in the past three years.

NC State’s Karimah Shepherd, the Women’s Most Valuable Field Performer in the 2013 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, picked up where she left off with a gold medal distance of 21-1 ¼ (6.43) in the long jump. She became the first Wolfpack student-athlete to win the event.
Florida State’s Colleen Quigley raced to the gold medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, completing the course in a winning time of 10:01.95.

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

The third and final day of ACC Championship competition begins Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with men’s pole vault. Finals are set in four men’s and three women’s field events. Running events will be held from 4 until approximately 8 p.m., when 10 men’s and 10 women’s finals are slated.

Live video streaming of the Championships will be available at  beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Live results will be available throughout  at

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Please see below for team scoring and the top-three finishers in each completed event held Thursday and Friday.

1. North Carolina 59
2. Florida State 57
3. Duke 33
3. Virginia Tech 33
5. Miami 23
5. Virginia 23
7. Clemson 18
8. Wake Forest 11
9. NC State 10
10. Georgia Tech 4
11. Maryland 2

1.    Jeff Pelage, Florida State 181-5 (55.89 m)
2.    Austin Gamble, Duke 181-3 (55.31 m)
3.    Isaiah Simmons, Miami 178-6 (54.41 m)

1.    Matthias Treff, Virginia Tech 249-1 (75.92 m)*
2.    Morne Moolman, Florida State 231-8 (70.61 m)
3.    Ben Lincoln, Wake Forest 229-9 (70.03 m)

1.    Isaiah Simmons, Miami 61-11 ¾ (18.89 m)
2.     Stargell Williams, Florida State 58-8 ¾ (17.90 m)
3.    Stephen Boals, Duke 57-9 ½ (17.61 m)

1.    Joe Hutchinson, North Carolina 7013
2.    Ryan Ramsey, North Carolina 6,769
3.    Paul Haley, North Carolina 6,735

1.    Stefan Brits, Florida State 26-5 (8.05 m)*
2.    Jeff Artis-Gray, Virginia Tech 26-0 ¾ (7.94 m)
3.    Jameel Abdul-Mateen, Clemson 25-2 (7.67 m)

1.    Breandan O’Neill, Florida State 29:59.28
2.    Thomas Porter, Virginia  30:05.24
3.    Mike Mowerman, Duke 30:06.35

1.    Zak Seddon, Florida State 8:47.80
2.    Ty McCormack, Clemson 8:50.81
3.    Brian Himelright, NC State 8:54.44

* Denotes ACC Championship meet record

1. Florida State 59
2. NC State 55
3. Duke 36
3. North Carolina 36
5. Clemson 29
6. Virginia 26
7. Wake Forest 20
8. Boston College 18
9. Virginia Tech

1.    Jessie Merckle, Wake Forest 162-8 (49.51 m)
2.    Abbey Karin, Virginia 159-06 (48.61 m)
3.    Chelsea Whalen, Florida State 149-11 (45.70 m)

1.    Kellion Knibb 179-1 (59.54 m)
2.    Sequoia Watkins, NC State 172-9 (52.65 m)
3.    Brittney Waller, Clemson 169-1 (51.55 m)

1.    Martina Schultze, Virginia Tech 13-5 (4.10 m)
2.    Cameron Overstreet, North Carolina 13-5 (4.10 m)
3.    Laura Terstappen, Clemson 13-1 ½ (4.00 m)

1.    Chelsea Whalen, Florida State 53-7 (16.33 m)
2.    Tremanisha Taylor, NC State 53-5 ½ (16.29 m)
3.    Michelle Anumba, Duke 53-4 ½ (16.27 m)

1.    Whitney Fountain, Clemson  5094
2.    Tory Kemp, North Carolina 5078
3.    Karli Johonnot, Duke 5016

1.    Karimah Shepherd, NC State 21-1 ¼ (6.43 m)
2.    Jacinda Evans, North Carolina 21-1 ¼ (6.43 m)
3.    Chrishawn Williams, North Carolina 20-8 ½ (6.31 m)        

1.    Catherine White, Virginia 34:12.79
2.    Andie Cozzarelli, NC State 34:15.47
3.    Kayleigh Tyerman, Florida State 34:17.53

1.    Colleen Quigley Florida State 10:01.95
2.    Bridget Dahlberg, Boston College 10:11.57
3.    Morgan Mueller, Boston College 10:19.14