CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina concluded the first day of competition for the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The women's team is in seventh place with eight points and men's team is in twelfth place with one point.
"The first day of the conference championship was really exciting," North Carolina head coach Harlis Meaders said. "The conference is extremely tough. It looks like, on the men's side, Notre Dame, Florida State and us all have a chance of competing for a championship title and it may come down to whoever blinks first. It's going to be that close. But I was really happy with the way the kids competed today.
"We were able to get eighth place in the men's 10k, which is an incredibly difficult race. We were able to advance kids in the 400 hurdles, 200, 1,500, we still have three guys left in the decathlon and a lot of events to come. What we're doing is positioning ourselves for the final day to really have a chance at capturing the title. What we've done so far is what we needed to do. We've had a couple of blips on the radar, but those blips have provided opportunities for other kids to step up. And that's what we're looking for. It's going to be a complete team effort and I think we're up for the challenge.
"On the women's side, we've had a lot of positive things happen. The ladies in the multis have put themselves in good position. Tristine Johnson today in the long jump had a seasonal best performance and Avana Story finished fifth in the hammer. In the events we competed we did very well. Cori Floyd advanced in the 400 hurdles, both Lizzy and Karley advanced in the 1,500.
"It's going to be a really tight race for the third position. Florida State has a really powerful team. Second, third and fourth are going to be really tight and hopefully we can go in the top three. I think we are doing everything that we can to put our teams in the best position, so I'm really excited about the first day."
Tristine Johnson took fifth place in the women's long jump at 19-9 ¾ (6.04 meters) setting a new personal record. Johnson's jump gave the women's team four points.
Avana Story finished fifth in the women's hammer throw at 183-11 (56.07 meters). She earned four points towards the women's team score.
Pat Schellberg scored the lone point for the men's squad in the 10,000. Schellberg took eighth overall with a time of 29:39.99
The women's heptathlon kicked off today with four events: the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash. Xenia Rahn ended the day in second place with 3,367 points. Emily Godwin finished the day in fifth with a total of 3,130 points. Tory Kemp is currently in seventh after the first day with 3,076 points.
North Carolina also has three athletes competing in the men's decathlon: Joe Hutchinson, Paul Haley and Ryan Ramsey. The men's decathlon has concluded five events: the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400. Ryan Ramsey leads the Tar Heels in third place with 3,752 points. Joe Hutchinson comes in at 3,655 and in fifth place. Right behind him is Paul Haley in sixth place with 3,605.
RJ Alowonle and Javonte Lipsey both automatically qualified for the finals of the 400-meter hurdles after winning their heats. Lipsey ran 51.05, his best time of the season and the best time in the field. Alowonle ran 51.67, which is second best. Roy Smith and Devon Carter both qualified for the finals at 52.45 and 53.21 respectively.
Lizzy Whelan ran the second-fastest time in the preliminary races for the women's 1,500. She won her heat at 4:23.15. Karley Rempel finished sixth in 1,500 at 4:24.12, her best time of the season. Both will move on to the 1,500 finals.
Cori Floyd ran for a personal best in the 400 hurdles at 1:00.14. She qualified for finals with that time.
Ceo Ways took first place in his heat of the 200 at 20.75. Ways qualified for the finals with the second-best time in the field.
The ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. with the women's javelin. A recap of performances and results will be available on Goheels.com at the conclusion of each day. Live results will be posted here and the meet will be streamed by ESPN starting at 4:30.