Addison Claims Gold, Colley and Perry Win Silver at ACC's
April 17, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Jonathan Addison claimed the gold medal in the men's long jump, while Andrew Colley and Alexis Perry each took home the silver in the men's 10,000 meter run and women's long jump on day one of the 2014 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Addison's jump of an even 25 feet (7.62m) put him in a tie with Florida State's Paul Madzivire and FSU's Jalen Ramsey, but Addison was able to stake claim to the first gold medal of his NC State track and field career by virtue of having the second-best jump at 7.56m.
Addison, who took home a silver medal in the long jump at the ACC Indoor Championships, becomes the Wolfpack's first ACC Champion in the outdoor long jump since 2007.
Colley's time of 29:11.08 in the 10,000m run set a new NC State ACC Outdoor Championship record, while also earning the redshirt senior the fourth All-ACC honor of his career, and first in the 10,000m outdoor event. Colley was less than a second from claiming the gold, finishing right behind the 29:10.12 time of gold medal winner Martin Hehir of Syracuse.
Perry, who claimed All-ACC indoor honors in the long jump and 100m hurdles, added the first outdoor All-ACC mark to her ledger with a leap of 20'08.50" to finish in second place, a little over an inch behind FSU's Der'Renae Freeman who finished first.
In the other events on the day, Joanna Thompson registered a fourth place finish in the women's 10,000m with a time of 33:24.61, which also stands as the 10th best time in the NCAA in the women's 10,000m event. Halsey Merritt, also competing in the women's 10,00m came in 15th with a time of 37:14.46 .
In the women's hammer throw, SeQuoia Watkins (48.75m), Nicole Chavis (47.25m) and Alyssa Dunn (45.28m), finished in 13th, 15th and 16th place, respectively, while Nathaniel Williams (50.38m) garnered a 13th place result in the men's hammer throw.
Graham Crawford (3:49.68, men's 1,500m), John Wolfe (3:49.29, men's 1,500), Ryanna Henderson (4:25.33, women's 1,500m) and Megan Moye (4:26.76, women's 1,500m) each qualified in the preliminaries of their respective events. The finals in each of those events will be held on Saturday.
Florida State led the men's scoring with 28 points on day one, followed by Syracuse with 21 and NC State with 18. Notre Dame held fourth place with 15 points, followed by Virginia Tech with 14. Miami (5), Pitt (4), Wake Forest (3), Clemson (2), Maryland (2), North Carolina (1) and Virginia (1) closed out the first-day point totals.
The women's team scoring also found Florida State out front with 24 points, followed by NC State with 13 and Virginia Tech with 12. Miami and Duke shared fourth place with 10 points. Syracuse (9), Maryland (8), North Carolina (8), Clemson (8), Notre Dame (6), Virginia (3), Georgia Tech (3), Pitt (2) and Wake Forest (1) rounded out the scoring.
The second day of ACC Championships competition begins Friday at 10:30 a.m. at UNC's Fetzer Field with the women's javelin throw. Finals are also set in the men's and women's shot put, women's pole vault and men's high jump, as well as the completions of the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon.
Preliminaries are set in seven running events, and the day's schedule will conclude with the final in the women's 3000 steeplechase at 7:30 p.m., followed by the men's final at 8 p.m. There is no charge for admission.