Feb. 21, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Florida State freshman Ewa Marcinkiewicz posted the second-fastest time in 800-meter run in Thursday's final event of the pentathlon, which completed her rally to an eighth-place finish and the first point of the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Marcinkiewicz entered the final event in 11th place; 131 points behind the eighth and final scoring position. She proceeded to overhaul Georgia Tech's Alex Braxton and Donjhae Jones, and Wake Forest's Erika Martin, by piling up 808 points with her first heat win in 2:21.17. Only Maryland's Thea LaFond, the overall champion, was faster (2:20.63) around the Rector Fieldhouse track on the Virginia Tech campus.
A native of Vasteras, Sweden, Marcinkiewicz finished with 4,405 points over the five-event competition to become the first Seminole to score in the pentathlon at the ACC Championship since school record holder Deanna Lane placed fourth in 2006.
Competing in only her second pentathlon as a Seminole, Marcinkiewicz registered season-best marks in the shot put (8.98 meters/29-5.50) and the long jump (5.37m/17-7.50).
The Florida State women will begin Friday's first full day of competition in sixth place, hoping to extend their streak of five consecutive top-two team finishes at the ACC Championships.
The defending ACC champion Florida State men will open up competition Friday with the high jump at 12 noon, which will include the debut of junior Mississippi State transfer James Harris, who set a career-best with a leap of 2.27 meters (7-5.25) in 2012. Harris will be joined by freshman Cristobal Hurtado in the high jump.
Friday's full schedule with include qualifying heats in the mile, 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles, 400, 800 and 200. Finals will also be contested in the women's long jump, weight throw, high jump and pole vault and the men's weight throw and long jump.
The schedule will wrap up with finals in the 5,000 meter and the distance medley relay for both the men and women, which should yield significant production for the Seminoles. The ACC Championship concludes Saturday with a full schedule of final events.
Live streaming coverage of the three-day event will be available on theACC.com on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. Live stats will also be available throughout the meet through the ACC's dedicated championship page: http://theacc.co/ITFChamps
You can follow the action via Twitter @FSU_Track or @ACCTrackField, tagged #ACCITF. End of day recaps will be posted at www.seminoles.com and also on the Florida State Track and Field facebook page, which will include photo galleries: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-State-Track-and-Field/119863268038673?ref=ts&fref=ts