Virginia Tech Women, Clemson and Florida State Men Lead After Day Two of ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship
Feb. 24, 2006
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Hokies continue to lead on the women's side after day two of competition, while the Clemson Tigers and Florida State Seminoles are tied for first on the men's side after six completed events of the 2006 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship.
For the women, the Hokies sit in first place with 44 total points, followed by Maryland in second (40.50) and Florida State in third (29). Miami is fourth with 27 points, while North Carolina is fifth with 21 points. Rounding out spots six through 12 are Duke (18), NC State (16), Clemson (12), Boston College (10), Virginia (8), Wake Forest (5) and Georgia Tech (3.50).
On the men's side, Clemson and Florida State lead all teams with 50 points, followed by Virginia Tech in third with 30 points. NC State is currently in fourth place (25), while North Carolina is fifth with 19 points. Rounding out spots six through 11 are Georgia Tech (14), Wake Forest (14), Virginia (13), Miami (10), Duke (5) and Maryland (4).
The second day of competition began with Virginia Tech winning its second straight men's weight throw event. Hokie freshman Mohsen Anani recorded a personal best throw of 75-03.50 (22.95m), good for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, to finish in first. Teammate and 2005 ACC weight throw championship Spyridon Jullien placed second with an NCAA automatic throw of 75-02.00 (22.91m). Nick Owens of North Carolina rounded out the medalist honors placing third with a mark of 68-10.75 (21.00m).
NC State claimed its second win in the last three years in the men's long jump as sophomore Dexter Adams established the winning mark of 25-06.75 (7.79m). The jump by Adams is a personal best, and tops in the ACC, while meeting NCAA provisional standards. Florida State went two, three as seniors Johnta Griffin and Rafeeq Curry posted a pair of personal best marks of 25-01.75 (7.66m) and 25-00.50 (7.63m), respectively.
Ryan Koontz used a pair of second place finishes in the 60m hurdles (8.24) and pole vault (14-09.00, 4.50m) events on the second day of the men's heptathlon to capture the event title with a personal best score of 5,515 points. The Tigers' Brent Hobbs, who held the day one lead, finished in second place with 5,413 points. The senior from Stony Point, N.Y. started the day winning the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.07. Miami's Roland DaSilva hung on to third place accumulating a personal best score of 5,176 points. David Lewis of Virginia won the pole vault clearing 15-05.00 (4.70m), while Wake Forest's Brent LaRue crossed the finish line in first in the 1000m with a time of 2:40.57.
In the women's weight throw, Virginia Tech's Tamara Burns won her first conference title establishing an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 70-01.75 (21.38m). Three-time ACC indoor weight throw champion Laura Gerraughty placed second with a throw of 65-07.75 (20.01m). Clemson's Della Clark rounded out medalist honors in third place with a mark of 62-00.50 (18.91m). Both Gerraughty and Clark compiled personal best throws on the season.
Maryland's Kierra Foster posted the Terrapins first-ever school championship in the women's long jump recording a personal best mark of 21-08.00 (6.60m), good for an automatic berth to the NCAA Indoor Championship. Tabia Charles of Miami also posted an NCAA automatic qualifying jump of 21-04.75 (6.52m) to finish in second. The mark by Charles was also a personal best. Finishing in third place was the Terrapins' Lynn Hernandez who jumped 20-10.00 (6.35m), a season best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
In the men's 5,000m run, Florida State's Andrew Lemoncello became just the second Seminole runner to claim the title in the events 18-year history crossing the finish line in a time of 14:19.12. The Wolfpack's John Crews placed second in a time of 14:23.00, while Sean Stevens of Wake Forest finished third (14:24.80).
Clemson's Adam Linkenauger successfully defended his title in the men's high jump clearing 7-02.50 (2.20m) on his first attempt. The junior from Fincastle, Va. joins an elite group of high jumpers becoming just the sixth athlete in ACC Indoor history to win the event three times. The Yellow Jackets took spots two and three as freshman Juan Cave and sophomore Jerome Miller cleared 7-01.00 (2.16m) and 6-11.50 (2.12m), respectively.
Duke's Laura Stanley won the women's 5,000m crossing the finish line in a winning time of 16:33.84. Stanley becomes the first Blue Devil to win the 5K in conference championship history. Meghan Braffet of Maryland placed second at 16:36.59, while NC State's Julie Lucas finished third in a time of 16:46.01.
In the distance medley relay, the North Carolina Tar Heels captured the men's title, while the Florida State women won for the second time in three years. The Tar Heel relay team of Jeffrey Peterson, Ryan Booker, Jason Newman and Pablo Durana crossed the finish line in a time of 9:52.40. It was the Tar Heels second win all-time in the event and first since 1977. Despite the miscounting of laps by meet officials in the women's DMR, the race times reflected a shortened distance of 3,800m. The Seminole team of Natalie Hughes, Hshkeni Richemond, Barbara Parker and Susan Kuijken finished first in a time of 10:42.08. Florida State continued to run the relay despite the error and completed the official distance of 4,000m in a time of 11:16.82. The time shattered the conference meet record of 11:32.39 set by the Seminoles back in 2004.
Lacy Janson capped off a crazy evening by setting the meet championship record in the women's pole vault. Janson cleared 14-01.75 (4.31m) to break the previous mark of 14-00.00 which she set back in 2003. The senior from Sarasota, Fla. is a four-time champion in the event. Virginia Tech's Erin Mahony finished second with a mark of 13-01.75 (4.01m) and Rhian Jenks of North Carolina placed third with a mark of 12-10.00 (3.91m).
The final day of the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship will resume on Saturday, February 25 with the women's high jump competition starting at 10:30 am. Stayed tuned to www.theacc.com for complete results of the third and final day of competition at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship at the Rector Field House on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Men's Standings (After 6 Events Scored)
Women's Standings (After 6 Events Scored)
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