February 19, 1999
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The North Carolina women’s indoor track team leads the ACC Indoor Championship Meet with 48 points after the first day of competition Friday in Blacksburg. Clemson is second with 41 points, and N.C. State is third with 34.33 points. New ACC meet records were set in the pole vault, the 60m hurdles and the distance medley relay.
In the field events, North Carolina had the top two finishers in the long jump and won the high jump. Senior Nicole Gamble won the long jump with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 20’10 3/4″, and Tar Heel junior DeAnne Davis placed second with a provisional qualifying mark of 20’8″. Sophomore Joy Ganes won the high jump for the second straight season with a provisional qualifying jump of 5’11 1/4″, almost three inches higher than her winning mark last season, and senior Lynn Houston on Georgia Tech placed second after clearing the same mark on a later jump.
Clemson took first and second place in the pole vault and first place in the shot put. Freshman Erin Nett won the pole vault, setting a new ACC meet record with an NCAA provisional mark of 11’6 1/4″, and sophomore Mandy McLane place second after clearing the same height on a later jump. Sophomore Jamine Moton won the shot put with a provisional qualifying mark of 49’1 1/2″, while Florida State freshman Makiba Batten placed second in the event with a throw of 46’6 1/4″.
The finals of the 5,000m and the distance medley relay were held Friday evening. Wake Forest’s Janelle Kraus won the 5,000m with a provisional qualifying time of 16:42.31 N.C. State took the next three positions in the event with provisional qualifying times. Christy Nichols placed second at 16:46.01, Lindsey Rogers was third at 16:51.94, and Laura Rhoads was fourth at 16:55.26. The Wake Forest team of Jill Syder, Trista Hopkins, Valerie Waldron and Kelly Brady won the distance medley relay, setting a new ACC record with a time of 11:40.26. Georgia Tech was second with a time of 11:56.14. In all events, the top two finishers earn all-ACC honors.
The preliminaries of several running events were held on Friday. In the 60m hurdles, Georgia Tech senior Andria King set a new ACC record with a time of 8.12. Senior Nikkie Bouyer of Clemson posted the second-fastest time in qualifying, a provisional time of 8.37. King also had the fastest qualifying time in the 60m, a provisional time of 7.29. Florida State junior Tonya Carter was second at 7.46. Clemson junior Shekera Weston led all qualifiers in the 200m with a provisional qualifying mark of 23.67. Bouyer had the second-fastest time in the event at 24.20.
In the preliminaries of the 400m dash, Weston posted a provisional qualifying time of 54.61 to lead all ACC runners, while Florida State junior Samantha George ran the second-fastest time at 54.81. Sophomore Sara Pardue of Georgia Tech had the fastest qualifying time in the 800m (2:11.45), while freshman Laura Gerber of Florida State was second with a time of 2:13.69. Georgia Tech junior Becky Megesi led all runners in the preliminaries of the mile with a time of 4:54.08, and Wake Forest junior Jill Snyder was second at 4:54.58.
Field event competition begins Saturday at 10 a.m., and the finals of the running events will commence at 1 p.m.