BLACKSBURG, Va. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams saw five more All-ACC honors on the second day of competition at the 2013 ACC Indoor Championships. Nine Tar Heels also qualified for the finals in 10 events that will take place on Saturday.
"Coming off of day two I think that both the men and women have put forth a very solid effort," said head coach Harlis Meaders. "On the men's side we were able to advance people to the finals in almost every event and we've got to be in the finals if we want to have a chance to win."
Cameron Overstreet earned a personal best and All-ACC honors as she extended her claim on the second-best UNC record in the indoor pole vault. She placed second by clearing a height of 13-8 ¼ (4.17 meters).
"Cameron got another PR and had two great attempts at 14 feet," said Coach Meaders, "She is continually improving her chances of making it the NCAA championship meet and we're really proud of her efforts."
The men's multis placed two-three-four in the heptathlon as Joe Hutchinson and Chadd Pierce earned All-ACC honors and Ryan Ramsey completed his first multi-event of his collegiate career. Hutchinson earned 5,226 points to rank fourth all-time on the UNC records list. Pierce earned a personal best 5,135 points to rank fifth all-time in school history. Ramsey earned 5,131 points.
"The men's multis finishing 2-3-4 was a fantastic job by those guys and Coach [Josh] Langley," said Coach Meaders, "Those finishes as well as our others have putting us in very solid positions to have a good showing at ACCs."
Ariel Roberts earned All-ACC honors for the fourth time in her career as she placed third in the high jump at a height of 5-10 (1.78 meters), a mark that ties her seasonal high.
Chrishawn Williams placed second to earn All-ACC honors in the long jump as she leapt 20-4 ¼ (6.20 meters).
"Chrishawn had six jumps over six meters in the long jump and that shows a lot of consistency," said Coach Meaders, "She is definitely ready for the championship part of the season. We've seen a great series of jumps from her."
Patrick Schellberg placed fourth in the 5,000 as he ran a season best 14:03.99, a time that furthers his hold on the second-best UNC all-time mark.
In the preliminary heats of the women's mile Annie LeHardy, Lianne Farber and Karley Rempel all advanced to Saturday's final. Annie LeHardy won her heat in 4:52.25. Lianne Farber won her heat in 4:46.50 as Karley Rempel placed third in the same heat in 4:51.24. Farber currently leads the qualifying times heading into the final.
"Having three of our ladies qualify for the final of the mile is incredible for us and I know we can count on them to keep up the good work," said Coach Meaders.
In the men's mile, Isaac Presson won his preliminary heat in 4:06.36 to qualify for Saturday's final. He currently ranks first among qualifiers heading into the final.
"The final of the men's mile with Isaac going up against the top milers in the conference will be an epic competition," said Coach Meaders, "We're very proud of his strides this season and know he will do great things tomorrow."
O'Neal Wanliss qualified for the final in the 800 clocking in at 1:51.38, a season best for him.
"O'Neal is showing his fitness and is ready to make a big charge in the finals," said Coach Meaders.
Clayton Parros advanced to the finals in both the 400 and the 200. His 47.87 in the 400 that won his heat and his 21.63 that placed second in his heat of the 200 are both season bests.
Javonte Lipsey also advanced to the final of the 400 with his season-best 47.77.
Devon Carter qualified for the final in the 60-meter hurdles after he raced 8.02 in the preliminary round.
"Overall been a great competition," said Coach Meaders, "The ACC continues to grow and improve with Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech as top national level teams. Tomorrow is going to be a good final day and we're going to have to work really hard to stay where we are and progress as a team in addition to the strong performances across the board thus far."
The women's team is currently ranked fifth with 32 points and the men's team is ranked fourth with 28 points.
The final day of competition begins Saturday with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and running events beginning at noon. Live results will be available and theACC.com will have a live video stream at the finals beginning at noon.
Carolina's All-ACC Honorees
Ariel Roberts - High Jump, 3rd place
Cameron Overstreet - Pole Vault, 2nd place
Joe Hutchinson - Heptathlon, 2nd place
Chadd Pierce - Heptathlon, 3rd place