May 14, 2016 - by
Saturday Live Blog: ACC Track and Field Championships
Saturday Live Blog: ACC Track and Field Championships


It took Stefan Brits just one attempt to shatter his own ACC Championship record, secure the gold medal and – most likely – fulfill the lifetime dream of every track & field athlete.

Brits soared 8.22 meters (26-11.75) on his first long jump attempt, the No. 6 mark in the world this year, the NCAA Division I lead and an Olympic qualifying standard. Following a recent third-place finish at the South African national championships, the Cape Town native is positioned well to close out his summer in Rio.

It was a remarkable lifetime-best performance for the doctoral candidate in chemistry, whose previous best came at the 2013 ACC Championships, which he won with the old championship mark of 8.05 meters.

As an added bonus, the Seminoles also locked down fourth and eighth places with personal-best performances by Keniel Grant (7.69m/25-2.75) and Ashton Butler (7.39/24-3), respectively.

Armani Wallace also advanced to the final on the strength of a lifetime-best (7.24/23-9), but finished just outside the scoring.


For the third consecutive year FSU senior Der’Renae Freeman summoned magic on her sixth and final attempt, this time overcoming teammate Jogaile Petrokaite with her third personal-best of the competition – 6.54 meters (21-5.50).

Freeman had to tie the ACC Championships meet record in order to overcome her teammate, who recorded two lifetime-bests along the way, with a top mark of 6.52m (21-4.75).

The second 18-point event performance of the day by the Noles pushed their team lead to 20 points – 50-30 – over second-place Virginia.


Bridget Blake held off a furious last-lap kick by defending champion Iona Lake of Virginia to secure a silver medal finish. Blake dug deep for the eight-point haul for the Noles, registering a new lifetime-best of 10:09.81, which moves her to No. 6 on FSU’s all-time list.


To no one’s surprise Zak Seddon and Louisville’s Edwin Kibichiy battled elbow-to-elbow for seven-plus laps with ACC supremacy on the line. In doubt to the final few strides, Kibichiy successfully defended his title by the narrowest of margins – 8:34.46 to 8:34.


Junior Chad DaCosta came up big in the fifth round of the shot put, unleashing a personal-best throw of 17.94m (58-10.25) to nab fifth-place for the Seminoles.


Hobbled by a calf injury, senior Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga grit his teeth and matched his outdoor personal best, clearing 2.08 meters (6-9.75) for seventh place in a highly competitive field. He promptly retired from the competition after sealing a scoring spot. Fellow senior Nick Medich (2.02/6-7.50) closed his career by matching a season-best.


Meme Jean (13.01) was the fastest qualifier for the finals and will be joined by teammate Peta-Gay Williams (13.26) and Nicole Setterington (13.45) on Sunday for what could be a big point-getter toward FSU’s team championship cause.

Jean turned a new personal-best in the No. 2 time in Florida State history. Williams’ time was also a personal-best and good for No. 6 on the all-time list.

MEN’S 400

Alistair Moona (48.09) and Ricardo Roy (49.36) came up shy of qualifying marks from the preliminary rounds.


Freshman Shauna Helps left no doubt that she is on the mend and ready to compete, advancing to the finals automatically by winning her heat in a season-best 11.62. Sidelined by injury for nearly a month, Helps’ returning performance was good for the second-fastest qualifying mark.

Jande Pierce did not advance, but the grad student’s 11.81 was a career best.

MEN’S 100

With Darryl Haraway forced to pull out due to injury, Edward Clarke (10.47) and Raheem Robinson (10.54) carried the torch, advancing to the finals for the Noles. Clarke posted the No.3 qualifying mark overall.

Keniel Grant (10.61) missed the finals by .05, finishing ninth.


Chelsea Jarvis automatically advanced to the final with her heat three victory over Ersula Farrow in 2:07.42. Neither Madison Harris (2:11.50) or Kayla Thomas (2:14.81) advanced, but Thomas did record a new lifetime-best.

MEN’S 800

The veteran tandem of Jake Burton and Otniel Teixeira are back in the finals together for a third straight year. Burton (1:48.85) and Teixeira (1:49.11) qualified automatically with heat victories.


Kellion Knibb and Sasha-Ann Lebert entered the shot put competition without a single mark this season, largely to try and contribute to the Seminoles’ championship hopes. They responded to that challenge by delivering a pair of career-best marks as Knibb finished fifth overall (15.29m/50-2) and Lebert missed making the final by four-inches with an all-time best of 14.14m (46-4.75) to place 10th.

Saturday Live Blog: ACC Track and Field Championships


Long Jump: Melissa-Maree Farrington soared 5.88 meters (19-3.50) – the second-best leap of the field – to take over the ACC Heptathlon lead through five events. Farrington has 4237 points and 107-point lead over Duke’s Teddi Maslowski. FSU teammate Grete Sadeiko slipped from third to fourth after managing just 723 points in the long jump (5.58m/18-3.75) for 4097 points.

Day 1 leader Carly Loeffel managed just 674 points in the long jump and slipped to third (4126).

Javelin: Sadeiko dominated the competition with a best effort of 41.97m (137-8), good for 705 points which vaulted her into second place overall with 4802 points. Farrington maintained her lead with a solid 40.51m (132-11) best and carried 4914 points into the final.

800: Farrington did everything she needed to preserve her lead and claim the ACC title, running a personal-best 2:20.16 (821 pts.) for a winning total of 5735 points. That’s a lifetime-best by 385 points, which all but assured her a place at the NCAA Championships for the first time. Farrington currently ranks 12th nationally.

Sadeiko was even more impressive in the final event of the competition, registering a collegiate-best time of 2:18.29 for 847 points to secure the silver medal with a total of 5649.


110m Hurdles: Freshman Dante Newberg began the day in ninth place overall, trailing eighth place by 42 points. Despite an average performance in Saturday’s opening event – 15.97 for 736 points – Newberg moved into eighth place after the hurdles.

Day 1 leader Paul Haley’s crash in the fourth heat sent him tumbling to ninth overall, so Newberg will head to the discus with 4,184 points; just 57 out of seventh place. That’s proof positive that things can change dramatically in the multi-events.

Discus: A subpar performance (27.39m/89-10) netted Newberg just 413 points and dropped him to 10th place overall with 4597 points. He trails eighth place by 144 points heading to the pole vault in what remains a tightly-packed competition.

Pole Vault: With a clearance of 3.70m (12-1.50), Newberg picked up 535 points. He remains on pace for a personal-best overall score with 5132 points (10th place) with the javelin and 1500m run remaining.

Javelin: Newberg bounced back with a solid performance, piercing the sky with a mark of 50.89 meters (166-11) for 602 points, all but assuring a lifetime-best in his final tally.

1500: With a personal-best time of 5:21.35, Newberg secured a new decathlon personal-best of 6177 points – a 198-point improvement over his previous best – and a 10th-place finish.


Women: 1. Florida State 58, 2. Virginia 36, 3. Louisville 31,

Men: 1. Virginia Tech 64, 2. Virginia 43, 3. Louisville 37.5, 4. NC State 37, 5. Miami 32, 6. FSU 30


Related Articles