Another day of competition, another rain delay but not even Mother Nature could diminish the excitement of competing for the ACC Conference Championship. Nine individual titles were decided at the end of a prolonged Saturday night.
Louisville senior Edwin Kibichiy was 12 seconds off his 2015 ACC Championship record-setting pace in the 3,000 m Steeplechase but the result was the same. Kibichiy (8:45.70) was a full 10 seconds ahead of Syracuse freshman Aidan Tooker and NC State senior Aubrey Myjer.
A freshman from Virginia Tech claimed the women’s 3,000 meter Steeplechase. Sarah Edwards (10:05.58) battled Wake Forest Senior Ellie Abrahamson (10:06.42) and Syracuse sophomore Paige Stoner (10:06.98) from start to finish before nipping them at the line.
Virginia senior Filip Mihalievic and sophomore Oghenakpobo Efekoro finished 1-2 in the men’s shot put competition to help the Cavaliers maintain their lead in the team competition. Austin Droogsma finished in third-place to help Florida State maintain a spot in third.
Senior Bre’Yana Wash gave Louisville a much-needed win in the women’s long jump. Her leap of 6.23 m (20 ft 5¼ in) in the fifth round bested Florida State junior Jogaile Petrokaite 6.17m (20-3 ) and Duke freshman Sydnei Murphy 6.16m (20 ft-2½ in).
Duke senior Daniel Golubovic held onto his Friday lead finishing in first or second in the last five events. Virginia sophomore Jack Lint gave the Cavaliers 8 points with a second place finish despite finishing out of the top two spots in four of the remaining events. Eric Fox slipped into third after holding down the second spot on Day 1.
Senior Melissa-Marie Farrington led from start to finish to win the women’s heptathlon for Florida State. Ten points separated Duke sophomore Jaida Lemmons (5397) and Wake Forest senior Amy Collins (5387) for second and third.
Thrower Emmonnie Henderson kept Louisville in contention for the women’s team competition with a win in the shot put. The senior launched her winning effort 17.57 m (57 ft -7¾ in) in the second round. Florida State junior Gleneve Grange 17.29 m (56 ft -8¾ in) and North Carolina senior Sarah Howard 16.97 m (55 ft-8¼ in) finished second and third.
Notre Dame junior Nate Richartz took home the first gold for the Irish winning the men’s pole vault. Richartz and Duke senior Connor Hall both went out at the same height 5.27 m (17 ft 3½ in) but won the event by virtue of fewer misses. Virginia Tech senior Brad Johnson finished in third.
The men’s long jump went late into the evening but Florida State sophomore Armani Wallace won the competition with a leap of 7.55 m (24 ft-9¼ in ) in the first round. Clemson’s Chris McBride and Georgia Tech junior William Solomon finished in second and third respectively.
Jeanine Williams posted a 13.02 s top qualifying time in the women’s 100 m hurdles.
Desmond Palmer gets his choice of lanes with the fastest time 13.70 in the men’s 110 m hurdles.
Three-quarter milers from the University of Miami posted the fastest times in the women’s 400-meter prelim. Shakima Wimbley, Brittny Ellis, and Aiyanna Stiverne cruised around the oval winning each of their heats handily.
The men’s 400 meter final will consist of two Clemson Tigers (Cordell Lamb, Jeffrey Green) and two Florida State Seminoles (Kyle Fearrington, Kenny Lane). Lamb had the fastest qualifying time 46.35 s.
Clemson will dominate the starting blocks in the women’s 100-meter dash. Rebekah Smith, Torie Robinson, Ranee Ricketts and Sabria Hadley occupy four of the 8 lanes in the finals on Sunday. The only non-Tigers in the race are Florida State sophomore Shauna Helps, NC State sophomore Gabriele Cunningham, and Louisville sophomore Raven Grant.
Duke, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame have at least two finalists in the 800-meter dash. The Blue Devils Madeline Kopp had the top qualifying time (2:06.23) followed by Clemson sophomore Ersula Farrow (2:06.31) and Virginia Tech senior Hanna Green (2:06.40). Virginia Tech sophomore Rachel Pocratsky rounds out the final start list.
Clemson sophomore John Lewis (1:48.19) finished with the best qualifying time in the men’s 800-meter qualifier. Virginia Tech will have two competitors in the finals as junior Patrick Joseph and senior drew Piazza each won their heats.
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