Three Meet Records Fall On Day Two Of ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Feb. 29, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - After a day in which one overall league record, three meet records, and three site records fell in the Eddie Smith Field House in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Florida State men and Virginia Tech women have emerged as the leaders at the 2008 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
On Friday, the Seminole men were led by freshman Gonzalo Barriolhet, who took first-place with a record-breaking performance in the men's heptathlon. Barriolhet took top honors in the 55-meter hurdles and pole vault on Friday to finish with 5,765 points. With his score, the Seminole rookie smashed the league's all-time record, set at the 2007 Indoor Championships, by more than 130 points and placed himself among the nation's top five heptathlon performers in 2008.
The Hokie women, who jumped out to an early lead with three top five performances in the weight throw on Thursday, picked up another individual win with a top finish by freshman Kelly Phillips in the pole vault. Phillips, who held the league's top mark of the season coming into the championship and who already has an NCAA provisional mark in 2008, bested the second-place finisher by more than eight inches.
Virginia Tech also earned a second-place finish in a record-breaking women's distance medley relay race. In the event, Florida State's Hannah England, Kandia Batchelor, Lydia Willemse and Susan Kuijken finished with a time of 11:11.03, just missing out on a NCAA automatic-qualifying mark by .03 seconds. The Seminole's performance gives them the all-time meet record, besting Duke's time from a year ago by nearly 14 seconds.
Not to be outdone, the Virginia men posted one of the ACC's best-ever performances in the men's distance medley relay, taking first-place with a time of 9:46.59. The Cavaliers' Alex Tatu, Brian Lee, Jordan Orr and Andrew Jesien narrowly edged the FSU squad for the top spot, breaking the ACC Indoor Championship meet's all-time record and the Eddie Smith Field House record in the process.
In the long jump, it was the NC State athletes who shined, sweeping the top positions in both the men's and women's competition. On the men's side, it was senior Dexter Adams who took the top spot, with a personal-best jump of 25'07.50." Adams, who won the long jump at the 2006 Indoor Championships and 2007 Outdoor Championships, landed the championship-winning jump and set a new site record with his final attempt. Fellow senior DeMiracle Washington took top honors on the women's side with a personal-best and school-record distance of 20'01.50." She is now one of two ACC student-athletes to have reached the NCAA provisional long jump mark for women in 2008.
The 2008 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships will conclude tomorrow, Saturday, March 1, at 11:00 a.m. with the women's shot put and triple jump. Saturday's events will be videostreamed live, beginning at noon, at www.ACCSelect.com.
Men's Standings Points
Women's Standings Points
Friday's Final Results
Men's Long Jump
Women's Long Jump
Women's High Jump
Women's Pole Vault
Women's Distance Medley Relay
Men's Distance Medley Relay
A - NCAA Automatic Mark P - NCAA Provisional Mark