ACC Sends Strong Contingent To NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Tuesday June 10, 2014
Conference places combined 97 entrants in 2014 men’s and women’s fields
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference will place 97 entrants – 45 in men’s competition and 52 in women’s – in the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships this week at Eugene, Oregon.
The NCAA Championships get underway on Wednesday (June 11) and will continue through Saturday (June 14). ACC champion Florida State leads the ACC contingent with nine student-athletes slated to compete in women’s events and eight on the men’s side. Eight women from Miami qualified, and Virginia and Virginia Tech have six entries each on the men’s side.
Florida State’s entrants include 2013 100-meter silver medalist Dentarius Locke, who leads all qualifiers in this year’s event after posting a blazing 10.03 in last weekend’s NCAA East Preliminary competition. Pitt’s Brycen Spratling, named the Mid-Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA, posted a school-record run of 45.09 in to lead East Preliminary qualifying in the 400 meters.
The men’s high jump features Clemson’s Torian Ware, whose 2.17-meter (7-1 ½) effort in the East Preliminary tied for best nationally. Virginia Tech sophomore Tomas Kruzliak will also be on hand to defend his national title in the hammer throw.
Florida State will boast another top qualifier on the women’s side after sophomore discus thrower Kellion Knibb delivered an ACC-record throw of 61.34 meters (21-03) in the NCAA East Preliminary.
The FSU men, who placed fourth at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March, enter this week’s Championship holding the No. 14 spot in the latest USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings. Pitt is ranked 20th.
The Seminoles also lead ACC team’s win the women’s rankings at No. 9. Miami is ranked 19th and Virginia Tech 22nd.
ESPN3 will have online coverage of Wednesday and Thursday’s action at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, starting at 6:55 p.m. ET both day. ESPNU will handle coverage of Friday’s events, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Saturday’s final day of competition will also be covered by ESPNU, beginning at 5 p.m. ET.