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May 20, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Atlantic Coast Conference men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams tallied 281 entries at the 2011 NCAA East Preliminary Round, which will be held May 26-28 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
The NCAA established the regional preliminary format in 2010. The East Preliminary Round will be held in Bloomington, Ind., while the University of Oregon will host the West Preliminary Round in Eugene. The 281 entries from the ACC include 143 men and 138 women. These student-athletes will be among the top 48 in each event competing for one of the 12 spots that will advance to the 2011 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ten men, six women and two relay squads look to advance to the NCAA Championships and successfully defend their All-America status. Among them is Clemson senior Patricia Mamona who claimed the triple jump title at the 2010 outdoor championships. Also in the hunt for another triple jump crown is Florida State senior Kim Williams, who won the event at the 2011 indoor championships in March. Joining Williams as defending indoor champions are fellow Seminole Ngoni Makusha, a junior competing in the long jump, and Clemson graduate student Miller Moss, who looks to add another multi-event title after winning the heptathlon in March.
Three ACC squads are currently ranked in the top 25 nationally. On the men’s side, Florida State is fourth and Virginia Tech is 12th, while Clemson comes in at fourth on the women’s side. The Seminole men posted the highest finish among league teams at last year’s outdoor championships, tying for eighth. Virginia Tech’s women finished fifth at the national meet a year ago.
Action begins each day at 11 a.m. Live results will be available throughout the three-day event at http://iuhoosiers.cstv.com/livestats/m-track/ncaaprelim11/.