Florida State Women, Clemson Men Lead After Day Two of ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championship
April 21, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Florida State women and Clemson men lead after day two of competition at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Kentner Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest University. The Seminoles used a one, two finish in the final event, the women's 3,000m steeplechase, to claim the lead with 46 points. Virginia Tech sits in second with 39 points, while North Carolina is third with 35 points. On the men's side, the Tigers tallied 51 points and hold a three-point lead over second-place Florida State with 48 points. The Tar Heels currently sit in third place with 45 points.
Virginia Tech's Saskia Triesscheijn won two of the final three events on day two to claim the women's heptathlon title. Triesscheijn accumulated a personal-best score of 5,833 points, setting an ACC meet record as well as positioning herself a top the all-time conference list. The senior from Berlin, Germany also automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship to be held in Sacramento, Calif. in June. Triesscheijn captured the javelin with a throw of 151-04 (46.14m), and then closed out the heptathlon with a win in the 800m crossing the finish line in a time of 2:15.89. Boston College's Kasey Hill finished second with 5,423 points, good for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Miami's Amy Seward rounded out all-conference honors finishing third with 5,259 points. Seward won the long jump event with a mark of 19-10.25 (6.05m).
Adam Linkenauger of Clemson claimed his third straight men's high jump championship clearing the bar at 6-11.75 (2.13m). He becomes just the fifth athlete in ACC history to win the event three times. Georgia Tech freshman Juan Cave took second place honors with a jump of 6-10.75 (2.10m), while Florida State's Shawn Allen and Georgia Tech's Jerome Miller finished in a tie for third with a mark of 6-08.75 (2.05m).
In the men's shot put, Florida State's Garrett Johnson broke the championship meet record with a throw of 66-00.50 (20.13m) en route to winning the event. It's the second league title for Johnson in the shot put and third for the Seminoles in the last four years. The Tar Heels' Vikas Gowda finished in second with a regional qualifying and season-best throw of 62-08.00 (19.10m). NC State's Mitchell Pope rounded out All-ACC honors with a third place finish establishing a season-best and regional qualifying mark of 60-01.00 (18.31m).
Florida State's Rafeeq Curry jumped a personal-best 25-05.25 (7.75m) on his first attempt of the men's long jump to finish first. The mark currently sits atop the ACC. Clemson's George Fields posted a jump of 24-09.75 (7.56m) to finish in second, while Kevin Marion of Wake Forest placed third with an identical mark of 24-09.75 (7.56m). Fields was awarded second place as his next best jump (7.51m) was 0.02 meters further than Marion's (7.49m) next best jump.
In the women's long jump, Miami's Tabia Charles was victorious jumping 20-10.00 (6.35m), a personal-best in the event. Maryland rounded out the top three as Kierra Foster (20-09.00, 6.32m) and Lynn Hernandez (20-05.75, 6.24m) finished second and third, respectively. All three marks met NCAA regional qualifying standards.
Clemson's Ryan Koontz finished in the top five in the final five events of the men's decathlon to win the event with 7,371 points, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Koontz maintained his day one lead placing second in the 110m hurdles, pole vault and javelin throw events, third in the discus and fifth in the final event, the 1500m. Tiger teammate Brent Hobbs finished in second place with 7,101 points despite winning three of the final five events on day two of competition. Hobbs claimed victory in the 100m hurdles (14.29), discus (137-00.00, 41.77m) and javelin (172-00.00, 52.42m) competitions. Wake Forest's Brent LaRue placed third with a personal-best total of 7,066 points. Both Hobbs and LaRue provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship. Virginia's David Lewis captured two events winning the pole vault (15-09.00, 4.80m) and 1500m run (4:32.00). It's the eighth title for the Tigers in the men's decathlon and fifth in the last seven years.
North Carolina's Laura Gerraughty garnered her second individual title in as many days winning the women's shot put with an ACC meet record throw of 61-00.00 (18.59m). With the victory, Gerraughty becomes just the second athlete in ACC history to win three outdoor shot put titles. Miami junior Akera Lathan placed second with a throw of 52-08.75 (16.07m), while Florida State's Sarah Reed finished third at 49-02.25 (14.99m).
Andrew Lemoncello of Florida State captured the Seminoles first event title in the 3,000m steeplechase crossing the finish line in first with a time of 8:34.84. The time set a new ACC meet record eclipsing the previous record of 8:35.5 established by Hans Koeleman of Clemson in 1982. Virginia's Soeren Lindner placed second in a time of 8:54.37, while Clemson's Itay Magidi finished third with a time of 8:55.49.
In the final event of day two, the Seminoles nabbed the top two spots as Barbara Parker and Lydia Willemse finished one, two, respectively in the women's 3,000m steeplechase. Parker posted the league's top time this year of 10:21.16 to win the event. Willemse placed second at 10:27.01, while NC State's Kris Roth finished in third place with a time of 10:28.25. All three times met regional qualifying standards.
The third and final day of the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship will get underway on Saturday, April 22 with the women's javelin throw beginning at 10:00 am. For complete day three results, stayed tuned to www.theacc.com.
Women's Standings (After 7 Events Complete)
Men's Standings (After 8 Events Complete)