Virginia Tech Women Continue to Lead After Day Two of ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
April 18, 2008
ATLANTA, GA. - Competing on day two of the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., the Virginia Tech women continued their strong performance, finishing the evening with a 27 point lead over Virginia. NC State, led by two top three finishes in the steeplechase, currently stands in first-place among the men.
The Hokie women, who held a 32 point lead over Virginia after the championship's opening day, were led by junior thrower Brittany Pryor on Friday. Pryor, who was named the league's Indoor Field Performer of the Year last month, took first-place in the shot put with a toss of 15.74 meters. A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Pryor has now won the shot put individual title at each of the last two ACC indoor and outdoor championships. She joins teammates Natalie Sherbak, Erin Mahony and Dorotea Habazin as Hokie individual outdoor champions in 2008.
Also taking place on the championship's second day of competition was the second half of the women's heptathlon, and the finals of the women's long jump, high jump and 3,000-meter steeplechase. Taking home the title in the heptathlon was Boston College senior Kasey Hill. Hill, who was the ACC's indoor pentathlon champion earlier this year, put up an NCAA automatic qualifying score of 5,521 points to earn the championship. Teammate Tiana Riel, an indoor all-American in the pentathlon, finished second.
Florida State's Kim Williams, the 2008 ACC indoor champion in the triple jump, finished first in the long jump, while North Carolina's Patience Coleman took first-place in the women's high jump. Virginia's Stephanie Garcia bested the field for the championship in the steeplechase event.
On the men's side, it was NC State which came out of day two on top of the leader board. The Wolfpack, who earned 18 huge points with a 1-2 finish in the 10,000-meter run Thursday evening, were similarly impressive in Friday's longest event, the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Senior Tibor Vegh finished second for the `Pack, while teammates John Martinez and Gavin Coombs finished third and fourth, picking up a total of 19 points for the team. Also placing well for NC State on day two was senior Dexter Adams, who came in second in the long jump, and sophomores Eric Davis and Jason Jones, who finished sixth and fourth, respectively, in the high jump and shot put.
Earning men's individual championships on day two were North Carolina's Donte Nall in the high jump, Florida State's Ngoni Makusha in the long jump and Luke Gunn in the steeplechase, and Virginia Tech's Justin Clickett in the shot put. Virginia's David Lewis, who was in third after one day of competition, finished first in two of Friday's events to earn the title in the men's decathlon.
The 2008 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will continue Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with the men's discus. The first of 20 championship finals on the track will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the men's 4 X 100-meter relay. A full recap of Friday's events will be available Saturday morning at www.ACCSelect.com.
Men's Standings Points
Women's Standings Points
Men's Shot Put
Men's High Jump
Men's Long Jump
Women's Shot Put
Women's Long Jump
Women's High Jump
Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
R - NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark