April 21, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Michael Putman opened the 2011 Atlantic Coast Outdoor Track & Field Championships in style Thursday evening, claiming the conference crown in the men’s discus throw.
Putman uncorked a toss of 187-11 to win the event and become an ACC champion in Durham, N.C.
Day two of the three-day championships begins Friday at 1 p.m. with the women’s shot put.
The men’s team currently sits in third place in the hunt for the ACC title with 19 points. The Duke men are first with a total tally of 34. The Seminole women are currently fifth 10 points.
Duke also leads on the women’s side with 34 total points.
Junior Kamorean Hayes started the day for the ’Noles as she competed in the women’s discus throw. Hayes earned All-ACC honors in the event and picked up six points by placing third with a throw of 158-4.
Also snagging All-ACC honors on Duke’s campus was Wes Rickman. The sophomore distance runner crossed over the finish line in third place in the men’s 10000m run with a time of 29:45.06.
While Rickman earned six points, junior Seth Proctor added three more points with a sixth-place finish in the same event. Proctor finished the race in 29:57.74 and Nicholas Maedel finished ninth. All of the men in the 10k acheived lifetime bests.
In the women’s javelin, freshman Chelsea Whalen garnered four points for the Seminoles with a fifth-place finish on a throw of 143-0.
“We had a good opening day,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We set the tone and took care of business. If we compete the way we did on days two and three than we are be in the hunt for the title. The women opened strong too. Now, Friday is moving day. You have to get everyone going.”