Track & Field Set for ACC Indoor Championship
Feb. 26, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State track and field team will head to Clemson, S.C., for the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship, held this Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, March 1 at the Clemson University Indoor Track and Field Complex.
The Wolfpack will compete against 13 teams on the men’s side and 14 teams on the women’s side. Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame will each be competing for the first time at the ACC Championships, while Maryland’s women’s team will be participating for the last time as a member of the ACC.
“It’s a new landscape and a bigger challenge,” NC State track and field coach Rollie Geiger said. “This is the first time we’ve had 15 teams. It’s a different track and field meet. The number of athletes make it more challenging and the teams we added were all very good. For us, the goal is to get better and create more balance. It has to start with the layers in order to help our student-athletes improve. We’re looking forward to the challenge this weekend.”
The Wolfpack, who won the 1988 men’s indoor championship under Geiger’s tutelage, have competed in a combined 10 indoor meets leading up to the ACC Championship and will have six student-athletes who are nationally ranked in their respective events competing this weekend.
Tremanisha Taylor ranks second in the ACC and 15th in the NCAA in the women’s shot put (16.56m), while Nicole Chavis is second place in the ACC and 23rd nationally in the women’s weight throw (20.46m).
Andrew Colley, who won ACC Men’s Performer of the Week for his effort in the men’s 3,000m at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 22, is third in the ACC and 24th in the NCAA in that event after posting a career-best time of 7:58.87.
Elizabeth Shuman holds down the fifth spot in the ACC and 20th position nationally in the women’s high jump (1.80m), while Alexis Perry comes in at fifth in the ACC in the women’s 60m hurdles (8.43) and third in the conference and 31st in the NCAA in the women’s long jump (6.11m).
Graham Crawford holds down the sixth spot in the ACC and 30th nationally in the men’s one mile (4:00.6) while his fellow distance runner, Matt Sonnenfeldt is sixth in the conference in the men’s 5,000m (14:14.7).
Jule Rich holds down a No. 4 ranking in the ACC in the weight throw (19.63m) and a No. 5 spot in the ACC in the shot put (16.94m). Jonathan Addison sits at third in the ACC in the long jump (7.48m) and fourth in the high jump (2.10m).
In addition to ACC team and individual titles, conference student-athletes will seek to enhance their standing heading into the NCAA Championships, scheduled for March 14-15 at the Albuquerque (N.M.) Convention Center.
ESPN3 will provide live coverage of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship, beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday throughout the conclusion of that evening’s session, and on Saturday from noon until the conclusion of the Championship and the awards ceremony. Veteran Jerry Massey will call the play-by-play, with John Wikerson handling production.
There is no charge for admission. The ESPN3 live stream coverage may be accessed through the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship page here.
Live results can be accessed here.
Additional information will be available on Twitter at @ACCTrackField and @Wolfpack_TF.