ACC Champion AJ Hicks
ACC Champion AJ Hicks
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Hicks Captures ACC Championship On Day 2
Release: 02/28/2014

CLEMSON, S.C., - The University of North Carolina track and field teams wrapped up day two of the conference championship today with a new ACC Champion among them. Junior AJ Hicks threw 67-5 ¼ in the weight throw and becomes UNC's first ACC Champion in the weight throw since Walter Henning in 2008. The men's team finished the day in a tie for second place with 40 points and the women in sixth place with 12.5 points. Most of the events that today were qualifiers for finals tomorrow.

"Our guys and our ladies have done a great job putting themselves in position for the final day of competition," North Carolina head coach Harlis Meaders said. "Tomorrow we will need everyone ready to go in order to move up in the overall team standings.

"AJ Hicks has put in a ton of work this year and has proven himself to be a better thrower and a better competitor. I could not be prouder of him winning the weight throw on his final attempt. It's an event he will always remember."

Hicks's throw broke his old PR by close to three feet and he still holds the fourth-best throw in UNC history.

"It was looking pretty grim for me going through the competition," Hicks said. He was seventh after the preliminary throws. "But I knew it would only take one throw. I hit that one and it feels amazing to know I contributed to our cause this weekend. Our guys are doing what we set our sights on and that's the gold. We can smell the blood in the water. We have 14 opportunities tomorrow to score points and that's what we are going to do."

Pat Schellberg and Ryan Walling capped off the day with a 2-3 performance in the men's 5,000-meter run giving the men's team a 14-point surge. Schellberg runs a 14:05.08 and Walling runs a new lifetime-best 14:05.94. Joe Sansone finished 25th in the event.

Ryan Ramsey, Paul Haley, and Joe Hutchinson finished 4-6-7 respectively in the men's heptathlon. Combined, the multi-event athletes scored 10 points toward the men's team's score.

Ramsey's marks were 6.96 in the 60-meter dash, 22-5 ¾ in the long jump, 35-4 (10.77 meters) in the shot put, 6-0 ½ in the high jump, 9.00 in the 60-meter hurdles, 16-0 ¾ in the pole vault and 2:45.50 in the 1,000 meter run. His total heptathlon score totaled 5,307, which ranks as the fourth-best heptathlon score in UNC history.

Haley's marks were 7.26 in the 60-meter dash, 23-3 ¼ in the long jump, 38-0 ¾ (11.60 meters) in the shot put, 6-5 in the high jump, 8.20 in the 60-meter hurdles, 12-9 ½ in the pole vault and 2:50.54 in the 1,000 meter run. He finished the heptathlon with a score of 5,258

Hutchinson's marks were 7.24 in the 60-meter dash, 21-5 ¼ in the long jump, 42-3 ½ (12.89 meters) in the shot put, 6-1 ½ in the high jump, 8.16 in the 60-meter hurdles, 14-1 ¼ in the pole vault and 2:55.65 in the 1,000 meter run.

Emily Godwin continues to rack up points for the Tar Heels. She tied for eighth in the women's high jump to earn 0.5 points toward the women's score.

Elizabeth Whelan qualified for the women's mile final after posting a 4:43.19 time in her preliminary heat.

Isaac Presson put up the fastest mile time in the preliminary heats at 4:06.43 and moves on to the final on Saturday.

Devon Carter and Roy Smith qualified for the men's 60-meter hurdle final. Carter set a new PR at 7.87, which ties the school's third-best time in indoor history.

Javonte Lipsey, RJ Alowonle, and Sean Sutton all qualified in for the men's 400 final with times of 47.76, 48.03 and 48.10 respectively.

Javianne Oliver qualified for the 60-meter dash final after she tied her PR at 7.56.

O'Neal Wanliss put himself in the finals for the men's 800 after running a 1:52.02, which was fifth best out of all qualifying times.

Ceo Ways turns in a time of 21.43 in the 200 to qualify for the final tomorrow.

Avana Story missed out on placing in the top eight of the women's weight throw by placing ninth but set a new PR at 60-10 ¾ (18.56 meters).

Duke is in first on the men's side with 44 points after day two of the conference championship. North Carolina and Florida State are tied for second with 40 points. Notre Dame falls to third place with 32 points and NC State rounds out the top five with 26 points.

Florida State is leading the women's competition with 41 points, but Duke is only trailing by four points at 37. Maryland comes in at third with 33 points while Miami is in fourth with 20. NC State is fifth with 18 points and North Carolina is in sixth with 12.5 points.

The last day of competition begins at 11 a.m. with the women's shot put and both the men's and women's pole vault. You can find the event schedule here. Live results can be found here and you can watch the meet starting at noon here. A recap of performances and results will be available on at the conclusion of the meet. Follow the track and field Twitter account (@UNCtrack_field) for live updates.

Carolina ALL-ACC Honerees

AJ Hicks - Weight Throw ACC Champion

Pat Schellberg - 5,000, 2nd

Ryan Walling - 5,000 3rd

Emily Godwin - Pentathlon 3rd


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