Francois Barcomb, a high school physics teacher from New Paltz, has the lead after Thursday's first round of the two-day finals of the "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament.

Barcomb finished with $20,400. Conor Quinn, a world history teacher from Albany, was second with $5,600 and Sara DelVillano, a music teacher from Lanham, Md., was third with $4,800.

The player with the highest two-day total wins $100,000 and a spot in the next "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions.

The final round of the tournament will air at 7 p.m. Friday on WABC-7.

Barcomb held a comfortable $12,000 lead over DelVillano heading into Final Jeopardy. The category was 20th Century Bestselling Authors and the answer was, "He once said, 'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage ... who we are and where we have come from.'"

Barcomb answered correctly, "Who is Alex Haley?," and added $1,600 to his total.

Quinn also had the correct answer.