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ESPN3 to provide coverage of evening events, including Sunday’s finals
TALLAHASSE, Fla. (theACC.com) – The 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for Friday through Sunday at Mike Long Track on the campus of Florida State.
This marks the second consecutive year – and the fourth time overall – that FSU will serve as the host school.
ESPN3 plans 3 ½ hours of live action on the event’s first two days, followed by three hours of finals coverage on the evening of Sunday, May 15. Tom Block returns to handle play-by-play for the second straight year. Lauryn Williams, a former Miami sprinter and a medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, will reprise her role as analyst following a successful debut at February’s Indoor Championships in Boston. ESPN3 will bring live action Friday and Saturday (May 13 and 14) from 6 until 9:30 p.m., followed by Sunday’s finals from 6 until 9 p.m.
Live results will be available throughout the event on the Championship website: http://theacc.co/otfliveresults.
Competition begins Friday at 9:30 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw. Other highlights include the opening of the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon plus other field events, including the men’s and women’s pole vault competition and women’s hammer throw. 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.
A full slate of events and preliminaries continues Saturday and Sunday, with finals in most of the running events wrapping up the Championships on Sunday evening.
Three ACC men’s teams are among the Top 25 in this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings, with Virginia Tech at No. 10, Virginia at No. 11 and Syracuse at No. 12. Miami holds the No. 17 spot on the women’s side.
The ACC Championships feature one competitor who set a conference record during the regular season. Duke’s Megan Clark established a new ACC mark in the pole vault, registering 4.63 meters (15-2.25) on April 22. Miami’s Alysha Newman set the record earlier in the season at 4.60m, and the pair will enter the ACC Championships ranked second and third nationally.
ACC student-athletes currently hold a combined 27 current top-10 rankings in their respective events. The group includes both of the 2015 ACC Championship’s Most Valuable Track Performers in Clemson senior Tevin Hester and Miami junior Shakima Wimbley. Each took gold medals in the 200 and 400 meters last year. Hester set a meet record of 20.18 in the men’s 200, while Wimbley’s times of 22.43 in the women’s 200 and 50.84 in the 400 were both ACC Championship and Mike Long Track records.
Florida State is the three-time defending men’s champion and has led in scoring 12 of the past 14 years. Clemson has claimed five of the last six ACC women’s championships, including last year’s competition in Tallahassee.
The Syracuse men and Miami women captured the 2016 ACC Indoor Championship titles in February. Notre Dame distance runner Molly Seidel went on to win two gold medals at the NCAA Championships, while Virginia’s Henry Wynne took the national title in the men’s mile. Seidel has collected four NCAA gold medals over the past 11 months with individual national championships in outdoor track, cross country and indoor track.
Also expected to compete in Tallahassee are two Virginia Tech student-athletes who own NCAA gold medals – junior women’s javelin thrower Irena Sediva (2015) and senior hammer thrower Tomas Kruzliak (2013).
North Carolina has won a conference-best 14 ACC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, ahead of Clemson’s seven and Virginia’s five. On the men’s side, Clemson and Florida State lead all schools with 11 titles each.
For more information on the 2016 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including a full schedule, please see http://theacc.co/otfchamps.