CLEMSON, SC – Three individual championships, five medals, seven finalists and new records showed a successful and promising first day of competition for the Hokies at the ACC Track and Field Indoor Championships.
Tech picked up three gold medals on day one, with Rachel Baxter winning the women’s pole vault, Antonio Lopez Segura winning the men’s 5000m, and the men’s relay taking first place in the distance medley.
Baxter continued her dominance in the pole vault, winning the ACC pole vault championship for the third year in a row with a distance of 4.37 m (14 ‘4 “). The elderly is the first woman to ever win the ACC pole vault three On the men’s side, Harrison Rice repeated himself as a silver medalist in the pole vault, finishing second with a jump of 5.12 m (16 ‘9.5 “).
Tech’s other two gold medal achievements came from the distance teams. Antonio Lopez Segura won an individual championship, smashing the men’s 5000 m in 13: 49.86. The Spaniard now holds Tech’s third fastest 5K run ever and has broken the facility and the ACC Indoor Championship broke the record.
“It was a great race for Antonio,” said head coach Eric Johannigmeier. “It’s very impressive to break the ACC record and win a title in his first indoor 5K race. I’m proud of his serenity during the race and how much he wanted it.”
In the men’s distance medley relay, the team of Tyler Leeser, Patrick Forrest, Dave Whitfield and Ben Nibbelink was crowned ACC champion with a time of 9: 41.87.
“I was also very satisfied with the efforts for the DMR,” said coach Johannigmeier. “These guys fought and stuck to their plan and executed it to bring home ten more big points for the team.”
Back in field events, newcomer Aidan Clark took a third medal by clearing 6’11 .75 “(2.13m) and his classmate Elijah Bell jumped 6’9.5” (2.07m) to take home sixth place (second team all-). ACC) and register valuable points for Tech.
Other significant accomplishments that contributed to the Hokies ‘team results were Sara Killinen’s second team All-ACC weight throw of 19.77 m (64’10, 5’) and Jacob Rice’s fourth place in the pole vault with a season best of 16’5 .5 “(5.02 m) and the women’s high jump performances of Rosie Cicmanec who reached 1.70 m (5’7”) and Laurel Miller who reached 1.65 m (5’5 “).
Several previous events and the start of the men’s heptathlon also took place on Thursday. Bashir Mosavel-Lo and Siewe Yanga (800m for men), Lindsey Butler and Grace Boone (800m for women), Caitlan Tate (200m for women) and Cole Beck and Jacory Patterson (200m for men) reached the final of theirs Events.
In the men’s 200 m, the Hokies showed as if the preliminary round was a final. Cole Beck posted a lifetime best of 21.10 seconds while Jacory Patterson posted a 20.66, the seventh fastest time in the country and an improvement on his own school record.
In the men’s heptathlon, four Hokies competed in the 60-meter run, the long jump, the shot put and the high jump. The main highlight of the first day of the heptathlon was Sean Murphy’s performance in the high jump, where the runner-up set a personal best of 2.02 m (6 ‘7.5 “) to win the section.
It looks like the men’s team of the Hokies is leading with 42 points, while the women’s team is in fourth place with 16.5 points. With two full days of the event remaining, much remains to be determined in the conference championship.
The action continues tomorrow on the second day of the ACC Indoor Athletics Championships. The second half of the heptathlon begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the men’s high jump at 11:00 a.m., before the running events begin on Friday at 4:00 p.m., broadcast live on ACCNX.