Duke takes early lead in ACC field
Hopkins wins javelin title for Blue Devil women
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke sits in first place for both the men and women after outstanding performances in the throws and 10,000 meters on the opening day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.
Andrea Hopkins, who came in with the top seed mark in the women’s javelin, was the first Duke athlete crowned champion when she put out a 155-1 throw in the second round and never looked back, edging out the competition by a foot and a half. Also scoring for the Blue Devils were Shannon Sullivan’s fourth-place throw of 146 and Amy Matulewicz’s seventh-place toss of 138-11.
Also picking up points in the throws, and All-ACC honors, was freshman Erica Brand in the women’s discus. Sitting in eighth place after four rounds, Brand catapulted herself into second place with a toss of 160-0.
In the lone running event of the day, Carly Seymour was unable to hold off a late kick by N.C. State’s Andie Cozzarelli but held her ground to capture All-ACC honors with a third-place finish with a time of 34:19.95 in the 10k.
For the men, Mike Schallmo came up big for Duke in the men’s discus. His opening throw was good enough to secure second place, but the senior set a new personal best in the fifth round with 181-4 effort. Teammate Michael Barbas put up a second-round toss of 158-11 for fifth place while Austin Gamble’s first-round throw of 156-11 landed him in sixth place.
Senior John Austin had an opening throw of 231-1 in the javelin, a new personal best and school record. Unfortunately, Virginia Tech’s Matthias Treff’s throw of 239-6 knocked Austin into second place. Freshman Stephen Castiglione finished his first ACC Championship with a seventh-place throw of 185-2.
Seniors Bo Waggoner and Josh Brewer battled from start to finish in the 10,000 meters. The pair finished fourth and fifth, respecitvely, when they were unable to catch a late surge from the lead runners. Waggoner’s time of 29:46.64 pushed him into the all-time Duke record book. Brewer also ran a personal best of 29:53.69.
Thursday also included the first day of competition in the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon with sophomore Curtis Beach in second place after having the second-best marks in the 100 meters, long jump and high jump and the best time in the 400 meters. In her first outdoor multi, freshman Miray Seward sits in 13th after a strong finish in the high jump.
The men’s team posted 34 points and is currently 11 points ahead of the second-place N.C. State while the women have 31 points to stand 10 ahead of second-place Clemson. This is both teams' highest point total after the first day of the ACC meet in Duke history.