BLACKSBURG, Va. — After a second-place finish in the women’s pentathlon a year ago, Maryland’s Kiani Profit went the full distance as the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Meet opened Thursday at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House.
Keyed by first-place finishes in three of the five events, Profit piled up 4,250 points for a first-place finish that set a personal best, shattered a school record and was just 12 points off the meet record set last year by three-time winner Liane Weber of Clemson.
North Carolina sophomore Ariel Roberts placed second with 3,916 points, and Clemson’s Whitney Fountain was third with 3,798.
Profit got out in front of the field early, posting a winning time of 8.54 in the 60-meter hurdles. The All-American from Pasadena, Calif. followed with a third-place high jump of 5-6 (1.68 m). The high jump featured a first-place showing of 5-10 ¾ (1.80 m) Roberts, tying the ACC Championship pentathlon record first set by NC State’s Mattie Bethea in 2009.
Profit posted yet another top-three finish in the shot put with a second-place throw of 39-10 (12.14 m), then delivered her second first-place showing of the day with a long-jump distance of 19-0 (5.80m).
That left Profit, the 2010 NCAA silver medalist, with a 179-point edge on Roberts heading into the final event of the day. The Maryland senior finished her gold-medal day with a stellar run in the 800 meters, leading her nearest competitors by nearly a half-lap in posting a winning time 2:10.81.
The men’s heptathlon also got under way on Thursday and included a record-breaking performance by Duke sophomore Curtis Beach in the long jump. With a distance of 24-1 ½ (7.35 m) Beach broke his own ACC Championship pentathlon mark of 23-8 ¼ (7.22 m) set at last year’s event.
But Clemson senior Miller Moss proved the most consistent pentathlon performer through the day’s four events. Moss, who closed his day with a first-place high jump of 6-8 ¼ (2.04 m), heads into Friday’s competition with a first-place overall point total of 3,218. Virginia Tech’s Rene Stauss holds second place at 3,177, and Beach is third with 3,144.
The 2011 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships will resume tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 25) at 11 a.m. and will continue through early evening. Highlights will include the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon, finals in seven field events, as well as the finals in the 5,000-meter run and the distance medley relay.