Hokies, Tigers Lead After Day 2 of the 2010 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships
Feb. 26, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men and Clemson women clung to first-place positions as the second session of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded Friday evening at the Virginia Tech's Rector Field House.
But with only six of 17 events completed thus far, Saturday's third and final day - as always - will be the decider.
Competition is scheduled to get under way Saturday at 10 a.m. and conclude around 4 p.m. Live coverage can be viewed at theACC.com beginning at noon. In addition, live results can be found by visiting the official championship website: http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-itf-championship.html
Virginia Tech leads the men's team scoring with 35 points, a half-point ahead of second-place North Carolina. Florida State, bidding for its eighth straight championship, sits in third place but just one point back at 34. Virginia holds fourth place with 33 team points.
The Clemson women lead with 53 points, followed by Florida State with 35. Duke holds third place with 34 points.
Notable gold-medal efforts on Friday included Florida State junior Brian Chibudu's men's long jump of 26-3¾, the best in the nation so far this season.
The men's heptathlon concluded with its final three events, and North Carolina's Mateo Sossah grabbed the gold with a school-record point total of 5,779. Sossah and silver medalist Miller Moss of Clemson (5,699) both amassed NCAA qualifying point totals.
In the weight throw competition, Virginia Tech freshman Alexander Ziegler captured the men's gold medal with an NCAA-automatic qualifying throw of 73-10.25, a personal best. Ziegler placed ahead of Hokie teammate and 2009 champion Marcel Lomincky, who took this year's silver medal with a throw of 69 feet.
On the women's side, NC State sophomore Lawanda Henry took home a gold medal and became a provisional NCAA weight throw qualifier with a toss of 64-0½.
The men's 5000 meters saw Virginia's Ryan Collins successfully defend his 2009 championship with a first-place time of 14:23.81. The men's high jump also saw a two-time winner as North Carolina senior Donte Nall posted a winning leap of 7-1. Nall also won the event as a sophomore in 2008.
In the women's 5000 meters, Clemson sophomore Kimberly Ruck picked up a gold medal with an NCAA qualifying time of 16:04.02.
Clemson also took the gold in a highly competitive women's long jump that featured four automatic and two provisional NCAA qualifiers. Tiger junior April Sinkler set the pace at 21-6, successfully defending her 2009 title.
Another one of Friday's highlights came during qualifying for the women's 60 meter hurdles, which saw Virginia Tech senior Queen Harrison post an ACC-record time of 7.99, breaking the mark of 8.03 set by Georgia Tech's Shantia Moss on Feb. 24, 2007. The 60-meter hurdles finals will be run on Saturday.
Virginia swept the distant medley relays, with the Cavalier men posting a winning time of 9:47.80, and the women leading the way at 11:36.59.
Georgia Tech's Joanna Wright concluded Friday's session with a gold medal showing the pole vault.
Finals are scheduled in a dozen individual running events on Saturday (six men's, six women's), as well as well as six relays. Field events to be decided on Saturday include the women's high jump, the men's and women's triple jump, the men's pole vault, and the men's and women's shot put.
Team Scoring Men (thru 6 events)
Team Scoring Women (thru 6 events)
Top Three Finishers Per Event on Friday (All-ACC):
Men's Weight Throw
Men's Long Jump
Men's 5000 Meters
Men's High Jump
Women's Weight Throw
Women's 5000 Meters
Women's Long Jump
Women's Pole Vault
First-place relay teams (All-ACC):
Men's Distance Medley
Women's Distance Medley
! - NCAA Automatic