Shivers Highlights First Day of ACC Track

April 21, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior Zakiya Shivers finished ninth in the women's hammer throw to highlight University of Maryland performances Thursday in the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Championships hosted by Florida State University.

Shivers placed ninth in the hammer with a throw of 164 feet, 1 inch, going seven feet past her previous-best in that event. She hit the mark on her first attempt of the competition and earned a place in the final of that event. She was only four feet out of a scoring position, as Kelly Smoke of NC State was eighth at 168-7. Kimberli Barrett of Miami won the women's hammer at 204-1, with Kristen Callan of Virginia Tech also surpassing the 200-foot mark with a throw of 203-10.

Also for the Terrapins, freshman Christina Smith was in sixth place after the first day of the women's heptathlon. Smith, competing in her first combined event as a collegian, posted an impressive 3,006 points in the opening four events of the seven-event competition.

Smith's best event was her first, as she scored 866 points with her time of 14.82 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished seventh in that event. Smith scored 852 points in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.38, the sixth-best time in that event.

Also for Maryland on Thursday, Meghan Walsh was 13th in the women's javelin with a season-best mark of 118-5. For the Terps' men, Nathaniel Zola ran the best time by a Maryland male this season in the 10,000 meters, going 31:52.03 to place 14th.

The ACC Outdoor Championships continue through Saturday at Florida State.

WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES (Through 3 of 20 finals)
1. Virginia 20; 2. North Carolina 16; T3. NC State 14; T3. Virginia Tech 14; 5. Wake Forest 13; T6. Duke 12; T6. Miami 12; 8. Clemson 7; 9. Florida State 6; 10. Georgia Tech 3.

WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (First-place and Maryland performances)
10,000 Meter Final - 1. Annie Bersagel, Wake Forest, 34:24.24... 11. Cori Koch, Maryland, 36:39.25.
Hammer Final - 1. Kimberli Barrett, Miami, 204-1... 9. Zakiya Shivers, Maryland, 164-1; 17. Jillian Anwah, Maryland, 139-6.
Javelin Final - 1. Inge Jorgensen, Virginia, 172-8... 13. Meghan Walsh, Maryland, 118-5.
Heptathlon (First Day) - 1. Deanna Lane, Florida State, 3,341 points... 6. Christina Smith, Maryland, 3,006 (100H: 14.82; HJ: 5-3; SP: 33-11.25; 200m: 25.38).

MEN'S TEAM SCORES (Through 3 of 20 finals)
1. Georgia Tech 22; 2. Virginia Tech 20; 3. Clemson 19; T4. North Carolina 16; T4. Florida State 16; 6. Virginia 13; T7. Duke 4; T7. NC State 4; 9. Wake Forest 3.

10,000 Meter Final - 1. Andrew Lemoncello, Florida State, 29:59.19... 14. Nathaniel Zola, Maryland, 31:52.03; 18. Eric Marenburg, Maryland, 33:17.01; 19. Patrick Bailey, Maryland, 33:20.14.