2015 ACC Indoor Track And Field Championships Open Thursday

Virginia Tech set to host for 10th time; FSU enters as men’s & women’s defending champions

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (theACC.com) – The 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held this Thursday (Feb. 26) through Saturday (Feb. 28) at Rector Field House on the Virginia Tech campus.

Florida State enters as the defending men’s and women’s team champions. The Seminoles became just the fifth program in ACC history to claim both team indoor titles with last year’s ACC Championship sweep at Clemson.

Two ACC men’s teams are among the nation’s top 20 in the most recent USTFCCCA rankings with Virginia Tech moving up two spots this week to No. 8 and Florida State up three notches to No. 19.

Clemson currently holds the No. 15 spot in the women’s rankings, while Florida State is at No. 22 and Notre Dame leaped 21 spots this week to the No. 24 position following a strong showing in the Alex Wilson Invitational.

In addition to ACC team and individual titles, conference student-athletes will seek to enhance their rankings heading into the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships, scheduled for March 13-14 at the Randal Tyson Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

There is no charge for admission. Saturday’s action will be shown live via ESPN3, beginning at 12 noon.

A by-the-numbers look at the 2015 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships:

2 – Florida State’s Bob Braman, Miami’s Amy Deem and Virginia Tech’s Dave Cianelli share the lead among active coaches for the most ACC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship team titles with two each.

2:02.78 – Bowerman Watch List candidate Natoya Goule of Clemson’s time in the women’s 800 meters on January 30 of at the Armory Track Invitational in New York, which set an ACC and Clemson record while ranking as the fourth-fastest in NCAA history.

4:29.67 – ACC and school record time posted in the women’s mile by Florida State senior Colleen Quigley on February 13 at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston. Quigley’s time was the fifth-fastest in NCAA history.

6 – In a departure from past years in which only the top three finishers in each event earned All-ACC honors, six student-athletes will be recognized this year. The top three medalists will earn first-team All-ACC recognition, while finishers 4 through 6 will be recognized as second-team.  Members of each gold medal relay team will earn first-team All-ACC, while the silver medal team members will earn second-team accolades. In addition, the members of each first-place relay teams will be recognized as first-team All-ACC, while members of the second- and third-place finishing squads will be recognized as All-ACC second team.

8 – Florida State’s Bob Braman leads all active coaches with eight ACC Men’s Indoor Track and Field team Championship titles, all of which have come since 2004.

10 – Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House is playing host to the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships for the 10th year, and for the sixth time since the Hokies joined the conference prior to the 2004-05 season.

12 – Clemson leads all current ACC schools with 12 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship titles. Florida State is next with 10.

15 – North Carolina leads all schools with 15 ACC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship team titles. Clemson is next with five.

15 – With the addition of Louisville to the conference, the field for the ACC Men’s Indoor Track and Field championship will be the largest ever with 15 teams. The ACC Women’s Indoor Championship featured 15 teams for the first time ever in 2014, while 14 teams competed in last year’s men’s meet.

15:31.62 – ACC and school record time posted by Boston College senior Liv Westphal in the women’s 5,000 meters on December 6 of this season at the Boston University Season Opener.

29 – The 2015 ACC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship will be the 29th in league history. The first ACC Women’s Championship was held in 1987 at Johnson City, Tennessee.

51.82 – Sophomore Shakima Wimbley established an ACC and school record with her time of 51.82 seconds in the 400 meters on January 23 of this season.

56 – The 2015 ACC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship will be the 56th in the league’s 62-year history. No indoor championship was held between 1981 and 1986.