NC State Primed for 2014 ACC Outdoor Championships
April 16, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State track and field team will take part in the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, set to begin Thursday, April 17, and continuing 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.
The Wolfpack heads into the meet, coming off strong performances in each of its four outdoor meets this season. State has earned three ACC Performer of the Week awards and set four new school records in the women's discus, women's shot put, women's long jump and men's mile.
Overall, the Pack ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in 14 different men's and women's events combined, while holding the top spot in four events.
Andrew Colley, who was just named ACC Men's Performer of the Week for his sub-4:00 mile in the Blue Shoes Elite Mile last Saturday, ranks first in the ACC in the men's 1,500m (3:41.61), while teammate Graham Crawford (3:42.23) is right behind in second place. Crawford (13:49.3) also ranks second in the ACC in the men's 5,000m.
Tremanisha Taylor ranks first in the ACC in both the women's shot put and the women's discus after setting new school records in both events this spring. Taylor's throw of 179'0" in the discus at the Raleigh Relays on March 28 set a new NC State school mark, while her distance of 55'03.00" in the shot put at the Tiger Track Classic on April 5 registered a new school record, breaking her previous mark set in 2012.
Alexis Perry, who was named ACC Women's Performer of the Week on April 1, ranks No. 1 in the ACC in the women's long jump after setting an NC State school record with a leap of 21'02.00". She also sits in third place in the conference in the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 13.39.
Jonathan Addison ranks first in the ACC in the men's long jump after setting a personal best mark of 25'2.50"at the Tiger Track Classic on April 5. The sophomore from Raleigh, N.C. also holds down the No. 3 spot in the conference in the high jump with a mark of 6'11.50", set that same day at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala.
Elizabeth Shuman (1.78m) is third in the conference in the women's high jump, while Nathaniel Williams (173'01") and Adrian Ross (9:11.2), both rank sixth in their respective events, the men's discus and men's 3,000m steeple chase.
Joanna Thompson holds down the No. 4 spot in the ACC in the women's 5,000m with a time 16:19.4 while teammate Erika Kemps (16:30.3) ranks eighth place in the conference. Samantha Norman (10:39.4 ) comes in seventh in the women's 3,000m steeple chase, while Ryanna Henderson (4:23.49) and Megan Moye (4:24.39) are ninth and 10th, respectively in the women's 1,500m.
NC State head coach Rollie Geiger has captured five ACC Outdoor Championships during his tenure at NC State, including four straight from 1985-1988. Overall, the Wolfpack has been ACC Champions seven times, and ACC Co-Champion once. State can lay claim to seven straight ACC titles or co-titles from 1982-1988.
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.
Live results will be available throughout the event on the championship website here.