2014 Outdoor @ACCTrackField Championships Begin Thursday


ESPN3 to show live action during each of the event’s three days

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set to begin Thursday, April 17, and will continue through Saturday, April 19. The three-day event will be held at the Belk Track, Fetzer Field and Finley Field on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Fans can follow the action all three days via ESPN3 and live streaming on theACC.com. Nearly 12 total hours of ESPN3 live coverage are scheduled on Thursday from 5 until 8:30 p.m., on Friday from 4:30 until 8:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 4 until 8 p.m. Viewers can access the webcasts at http://theacc.co/OTFchamp. Veteran broadcaster Jerry Massey will call the play-by-play.

Live results will be available throughout the event on the championship website: http://theacc.co/OTFlivestats.

Competition begins Thursday at 10 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw, which features defending national champion Tomas Kruzliak of Virginia Tech. Other highlights include the first four stages of  the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon, and other field events, including the men’s and women’s long jump competition. The women’s 10,000-meter finals are set for 7:10 p.m., followed by the men’s 10,000 meters at 7:55 p.m.

The ACC Championships will feature three student-athletes who claimed national titles at last month’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships – Florida State’s Dentarius Locke (men’s 60 meters), FSU’s James Harris (men’s high jump). and Duke’s Curtis Beach (men’s heptathlon). Two ACC student-athletes have posted the nation’s top mark in their event so far during the 2014 Outdoor season – Notre Dame’s Nick Happe (men’s 5,000 meters) and Virginia Tech’s Eva Vivod (women’s javelin).

UNC will host the ACC Championship for the 11th time and the first since 2004, when the Florida State men and North Carolina women claimed titles. Florida State is the defending men’s champion and has led the ACC Championship scoring 10 of the past 12 years. Clemson has claimed the last four women’s ACC championships.

North Carolina has won a conference-best 14 ACC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, ahead of Clemson’s six and Virginia’s five. On the men’s side, Maryland leads with 26 titles, followed by Clemson with 11.

For more information on the 2014 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including a full schedule, please see http://theacc.co/OTFchamp.