Tar Heel Men, Hokie Women Lead After Day One of ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
April 17, 2008
ATLANTA, GA. - With three men's events and four women's events complete at George C. Griffin Track on the campus of Georgia Tech, the North Carolina men and Virginia Tech women hold an early lead over the field at the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Tar Heels, thanks to two first-place finishes, hold a slight edge over NC State, while the Hokies lead Virginia.
North Carolina, which won its last men's outdoor team title in 1999, jumped out to an early lead on the championship's opening day behind individual title performances in the hammer throw and javelin. Freshman Walter Henning, who took top honors in the weight throw at February's ACC indoor meet, bested Virginia Tech's Matej Muza for first-place in Thursday's first event, the men's hammer throw.
The `Heels followed up that effort with first- and fourth-place finishes in the men's javelin, adding to their early margin. North Carolina freshman Brian Moore, who entered this week with the ACC's top mark of the 2008 season, recorded a throw of 65.17 meters with his fourth attempt, outdoing Duke's John Austin for the individual title. Junior teammate Erek Latzka finished fourth.
The Virginia Tech women, winners of the 2007 ACC outdoor championship and each of the last two league indoor titles, claimed the day one lead with individual titles in three of Thursday's four completed events.
Freshman Dorotea Habazin earned the Hokies' first overall title with an ACC meet record performance in the women's hammer throw. Habazin's mark of 65.21 meters bested teammate Kristen Callan for first-place, breaking the championship record (62.82) which had stood since 2002. The Hokies also earned individual championships in the pole vault and the 10,000 meter run, in which senior Erin Mahony and junior Natalie Sherbak, respectively, took top honors.
After five events in the men's decathlon, Clemson freshman Miller Moss stands in first-place. Moss, who finished fifth in the heptathlon at the 2008 ACC indoor championships, took first-place in two of Thursday's first five events and finished among the top three in four overall events. In the women's heptathlon, Maryland senior Christina Smith, who finished first in both the shot put and 200 meter dash, holds the lead after four of seven events. I
The 2008 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will continue on the campus of Georgia Tech on Friday. The day's events will open at 10:00 a.m. with a continuation of the men's decathlon, and with the men's discus. Coverage of this year's championship meet will be available online at http://ACCSelect.com.
Men's Standings Points
Women's Standings Points
Men's Hammer Throw
Women's Hammer Throw
Women's Heptathlon (after four events)
Men's Decathlon (after five events)
Women's Pole Vault
Men's 10,000-Meter Run
Women's 10,000-Meter Run
R - NCAA Regional Mark