April 19, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Clemson’s quest for a sixth consecutive ACC women’s track & field crown got off to a bit of a slow start Thursday at the University of Virginia’s Lannigan Field. Kim Ruck scored a point in the 10K to put the Tigers on the board through two completed events, while Whitney Fountain is in third place after four of seven events in the heptathlon.
Fountain is in third place after day one of her first collegiate heptathlon. Through four events, the red-shirt freshman from Bronx, NY has a total of 3,042 points. She trails only Maryland’s Kiani Profit (3,378) and North Carolina’s Ariel Roberts (3,158) in the standings. Fountain began and ended the day strong, first finishing second overall with a time of 14.43 in the 100 hurdles. She then clocked a 24.69 in the 200-meter dash, also second-best among the field.
Karine Farias began the hurdles with Fountain, but did not finish the race. She still hopes to compete in Friday’s javelin throw, however.
Ruck was eighth place in the 10K Thursday, a disappointing finish for the Clemson graduate who won this event a year ago in Durham, NC. She posted a time of 34:27.77 in her first 10K of the 2012 outdoor season.
Brittney Waller finished ninth in the women’s hammer throw, a disappointing result for the junior from Greenville, SC. She hit a mark of 172’6″ on her second throw, but was guilty of two fouls among three attempts in the finals.
The competition resumes Friday. The long jump portion of the heptathlon is set for 1:00 PM, followed by the women’s pole vault and long jump at 3:00 and the start of running preliminaries at 4:00. TheACC.com will stream live video starting at 4 PM.
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