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Dan O’Brien to serves as color analyst as ESPN3 provides coverage of evening events
TALLAHASSE, Fla. (theACC.com) – The 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for Thursday through Saturday at Mike Long Track on the campus of Florida State.
ESPN3 coverage will be streamed lived on theACC.com from 7-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15; and from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, with Tom Block handling play-by-play and former Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world record holder Dan O’Brien serving as analyst.
Live results will be available throughout the event on the championship website: http://theacc.co/OTFLiveResults.
Competition begins Thursday at 10 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw. 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 8:10 p.m., followed by the men’s 10,000 meters at 8:55 p.m.
Three ACC men’s teams are among the Top 25 in this week’s USTFCCCA rankings, with Virginia at No. 13, Florida State at No. 15 and Syracuse at No. 19. The Florida State women hold a No. 15 ranking, followed by Clemson at No. 17, Virginia Tech at No. 21, Notre Dame at No. 23 and North Carolina at No. 24.
The ACC Championships will feature three student-athletes who have set new league records during the course of the regular season – Florida State’s Colleen Quigley in the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase (9.33.63), Virginia Tech’s Irena Sediva in the women’s javelin throw (58.02 meters) and North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn in the women’s heptathlon (5,930 points).
In addition, the women’s side of the Outdoor Championship will feature Clemson’s Natoya Goule, who captured the 2013 women’s 800 outdoor national title with LSU, and has won two women’s indoor NCAA 800 titles, including this season with Clemson.
Sediva’s record-setting ACC throw currently stands first in the nation, and ACC student-athletes hold 10 top-five national rankings in women’s individual events. That includes Duke pole vaulter Megan Clark, whose personal best effort of 4.50 meters ranks among the ACC’s best ever.
Five ACC men hold top five-national rankings, including a pair of second-ranked competitors in Martin Hehir of Syracuse (28:27.70 in the 10,000 meters) and Virginia thrower Filip Mihaljevic (63.11 meters in the discus). The hammer throw field includes one past national champion in Virginia Tech junior Tomas Kruzliak, who claimed the NCAA gold medal as a freshman in 2013.
Florida State will host the ACC Championships for the third time and the first since 2005, when the FSU men and Miami women claimed titles. Florida State is the defending men’s champion and has led the ACC Championship in scoring 11 of the past 13 years. Florida State also claimed the women’s title last year, ending a four-year run by Clemson.
The Virginia Tech men and Clemson women captured the 2015 ACC Indoor titles this past winter at Blacksburg, Virginia.
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, Clemson leads all current ACC schools with 11 ACC titles, followed by Florida State with 10.
For more information on the 2015 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including a full schedule, please see http://theacc.co/OTFchamps.