RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams netted six more All-ACC honors, including one champion, and seven individuals qualified for the finals of six events on the second day of the ACC Outdoor Championships.
"The first two days have been outstanding for both the men and women," said head coach Harlis Meaders, "Our kids have preformed with a lot of character and heart. The final day will be the challenge for us. Although we've progressed a lot of kids to the finals we just don't have the depth of some of the schools trailing us right now. We expect a late charge from them but we've encouraged our kids to stay the course, push the envelope, and maintain our position to make it as tough as possible for those opponents to pull off the championship."
The Carolina multis men swept the podium tabbing three more All-ACC honors and a champion. Joe Hutchinson won the men's decathlon with a new personal record 7,103 points in his first gold medal conference performance. Ryan Ramsey placed second for All-ACC honors with 6,769 points and Paul Haley placed third for All-ACC with 6,735 points, each competing in their first decathlon. Chadd Pierce also scored for the Tar Heels in the decathlon with his new PR 6,399-point performance.
"Those four guys have all worked extremely hard for this moment," said assistant coach Josh Langley, "All of them had moments of adversity but stayed focused and came through for the team. This is one of the proudest moments you can have as a coach."
Tory Kemp earned her second All-ACC honor for a multis event with her second-place finish in the heptathlon. Kemp scored 5,078 points, a mark just short of the Carolina record books and a mere 16 points off the lead. She recorded marks of 18-5 ¾ (5.63 meters in the long jump), 58-2 (17.73 meters) in the javelin, and 2:20.92 in the 800 in the final events. Kemp was paced throughout the heptathlon on Thursday and Friday by teammate Lauren Lazor, who finished with 4,257 points.
"Tory put together six great events. She is just a freshman so having this experience to learn and grow from this is only going to make her stronger," said Coach Langley, "She is as tough of an athlete as I have coached and I am excited for her second All-ACC honor as a freshman."
The women's long jump saw two Tar Heels on the podium in record performances. Jacinda Evans broke her personal best in the women's long jump as she leapt 21-1 ¼ (6.43 meters) to earn All-ACC honors for her second-place finish while Chrishawn Williams tied her personal best set in the indoor season at 20-8 ½ (6.31 meters) to place third for All-ACC honors.
Steve Magnuson placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with his 8:59.60 run to score.
Sarah Howard scored points for Carolina in her second event of the conference meet, placing fourth in the women's shot put with a hurl of 52-9 ¼ (16.08 meters).
Houston Summers scored for the Tar Heels in his collegiate debut as he placed sixth in the men's javelin with a throw of 206-7 (62.97 meters).
After earning her All-ACC honors in the long jump, Evans went on to run 11.76 in the 100 meters to qualify for the sprint final.
Elizabeth Whelan broke her personal best in the women's 800 prelims, running 2:07.92 to win her heat and place fourth overall to qualify for the final.
O'Neal Wanliss qualified for the men's 800 final as he won his heat to place fourth overall with his time of 1:50.49.
Jasmine Wilson claimed her lane in the women's 400-meter hurdles final with her sixth-ranked time and new personal best 14.01.
Devon Carter also secured Carolina's representation in the final of the men's 110-meter hurdles as he finished fourth overall in the preliminary round in 14.10.
"If you look across the board, we're represented in every discipline for scoring and the finals," said Coach Meaders, "We talked about being a balanced team, being competitive across the board, and I think you're seeing a glance of the future of the program."
After two days of competition, the Tar Heel men have jumped to the lead with 59 points while the women are now tied for third with 36 points.
"There's a lot to talk about with the finals tomorrow but we've had some real heart and effort turn into some surprises for us," said Coach Meaders, "It's really been a great effort and we're just looking to hold on."
The 2013 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships conclude on Saturday with field events beginning at 11:30 a.m. and running events beginning at 4 p.m. An award ceremony will follow competition at approximately 8 p.m.
CAROLINA'S FINALS QUALIFIERS
Jacinda Evans - 100
Elizabeth Whelan - 800
Lianne Farber - 1,500
Annie LeHardy - 1,500
Cori Floyd - 400 Hurdles
Jasmine Wilson - 100 Hurdles
Sean Sutton - 400
Clayton Parros - 400
O'Neal Wanliss - 800
Isaac Presson - 1,500
Devon Carter - 110 Hurdles
RJ Alowonle - 400 Hurdles
Reynaldo Radlin - 400 Hurdles
CAROLINA's ALL-ACC HONOREES
Joe Hutchinson - 1st, Decathlon
Cameron Overstreet - 2nd, Pole Vault
Tory Kemp - 2nd, Heptathlon
Ryan Ramsey - 2nd, Decathlon
Jacinda Evans - 2nd, Long Jump
Paul Haley - 3rd, Decathlon
Chrishawn Williams - 3rd, Long Jump