CLEMSON, S.C., - The University of North Carolina track and field teams completed the first day of the 2014 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship. The men's team finished in third place with six points while the women finished in second place with 12 team points. The women's pentathlon and the men's and women's distance-medley relays competed while four events of the men's heptathlon were completed today.
"At the end of the first day we are in very good position," North Carolina head coach Harlis Meaders said. "Going into day two our kids have to be ready. There is no time to wait; the time for excellence is upon us."
Freshman Emily Godwin, of Buckhannon, W.V., finished in third place in the women's pentathlon totaling a whopping 3,898 points. Godwin had previously held the school's fourth-best record in the pentathlon at 3,740, but now holds the second-best score after today's performance. Her third-place finish contributed six points to UNC's total team points.
"I'm proud of the way Emily competed today," North Carolina assistant coach Josh Langley said. "She stepped up in a very competitive field today and showed she belonged. We talked about leading the way for the team last night and that's a huge task for a freshman at his or her first ACC Championship. Emily had no problem leading the charge for this program today."
The women's DMR team finished third behind Duke and Notre Dame with a time of 11:18.88. Elizabeth Whelan ran the 1,200 leg, Cori Floyd ran the 400, Mattie Blue ran the 800 and Annie LeHardy finished the race in the 1,600 leg. The women's DMR team's third place finish contributed to six of the women's 12 points.
The men's DMR team also finished in third with Notre Dame placing first and Georgia Tech in second. The team finished at 9:50.19 just 0.02 seconds off second place. Jack Driggs ran the 1,200 leg, Ceo Ways ran the 400, O'Neal Wanliss ran the 800 and Isaac Presson ran the 1,600 anchor leg. 9:50.19 ranks fifth all-time in UNC indoor history for the men's DMR. The men's DMR has all of the men's six points.
The men's heptathlon kicked off today's competition and finished the day with four events completed: 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put and high jump. Paul Haley currently ranks fourth, 2,976 points, Ryan Ramsey sixth, 2,868, and Joe Hutchinson seventh, 2,851, with three more events remaining tomorrow: 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meter run.
After day one of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Notre Dame leads the men's competition with 10 points followed by Georgia Tech with eight and North Carolina with six. In fourth place is Virginia Tech with five points and Virginia rounds out the top five with four points.
On the women's side Duke is in first with 23 points followed by North Carolina with 12 points. Maryland follows closely behind in third with 10 points and Notre Dame is in fourth with eight points. In a tie for fifth is Virginia Tech and Wake Forest with five points.
Day two of competition begins at 11 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. You can find the event schedule here. A recap of performances will be available on Goheels.com after the conclusion of each day. Follow the track and field Twitter account (@UNCTrack_Field) for live updates.