The action is underway at Mike Long Track for the final day of the 2016 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Kellion Knibb delivered the Seminoles their third gold medal of the meet, and did so in most-impressive fashion. The redshirt junior claimed her third career discus title, smashing the ACC Championships record and improving her own Mike Long Track facility mark with a hurl of 60.62 meters (198-11).
The win enabled the Seminoles to extend their team lead to 30.5 points ( 72.5-42) over second-place Virginia with 11 events remaining.
WOMEN’S HIGH JUMP
Kiara Wright provided the Noles the the most pleasant surprise from the early events, clearing 1.75 meters (5-8.75) in the high jump to place fourth overall. It was a season-best performance for the senior, whose five-point contributioncame in an event where the Noles were not expected to score.
FSU nearly stole another point when Hannah Welsh cleared a career-best 1.69m (5-6.50), but finished 10th after losing out on a tie-breaker with two others for the eighth-place position.
MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP
Freshman Armani Wallace could not have performed at a higher level in his first ACC Outdoor Championships, eclipsing his previous lifetime-best on all five of his legal jumps. Wallace moved into second place on his second attempt (15.89 meters), then punctuated his silver medal performance by joining the 16-meter club on his final attempt.
Wallace’s 16.12 (52-10.75) moved him into No. 7 on FSU’s stellar top-10 list and more notably, from 28th to fourth on the NCAA East descending order list. The Orlando native came into the meet as the No. 4 seed.
Bridget Blake backed up her silver medal finish in the steeplechase with a big kick to sixth place in the final, and a huge personal-best of 4:19.42. Georgia Peel was eighth in 4:30.11 as the Seminoles picked up four team points.
WOMEN’S 100 HURDLES
The Seminoles drew a straight of sorts, finishing 4-5-6 in the finals, led by Meme Jean (13.10). Nicole Setterington was fifth (13.36) and Peta-Gay Williams (13.47) sixth as the Seminoles picked up 12 points.
FSU’s total of 93.50 points gave them a 47.50-point lead over Virginia and Duke. Hard-charging Miami and Louisville were tied for fourth with 39 points with eight finals remaining.
Freshman Shauna Helps came into the ACC Championships as the No. 7 seed. She leaves it as the champion – twice over! Helps, who qualified second for the finals, came up with a big move in the late stages to win the title in 11.68 and all but clinch the team championship for the Noles.
Edward Clarke pushed defending champion Tevin Hester of Clemson to the finish before settling for silver in a slightly windy 10.27. Raheem Robinson finished eighth in 10.51.
Chelsea Jarvis continued her late-season surge, running a season-best 2:06.37 for sixth place, pushing FSU’s lead to 39.5 points over hard-charging Clemson with four events remaining.
Zak Seddon (3:45.67) and Michael Hall (3:47.43) finished ninth and 10th and just outside the scoring.
With the team title all locked up Georgia Peel (17:24.88) and Courteney West (17:50.88) finished 16th and 22nd.
WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP
Jogaile Petrokaite summoned up a lifetime-best mark of 12.19 (40-0) but was knocked out of the finals on the final attempt by Miami’s Alexis Wright (12.21/40-0.75).
Decathlete Dante Newberg placed 12th overall with a top mark of 50.48m (165-7) in the first event of the day, which was won by Virginia Tech’s Matija Muhar (75.60m/248-0).