BLACKSBURG, VA. -- After a solid performance in the Virginia Tech Elite Meet two weeks ago, the University of Miami track and field program returns to Rector Field House at Virginia Tech for the 2013 ACC Indoor Championships.
Competition is scheduled to kick off at 12 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 21 with the women's pentathlon and men's heptathlon. The men's long jump starts Friday's field events at 12:30 p.m., while the women's mile run at 2 p.m. starts the day's running events. The third day of the ACC Indoor Championships is all about the finals, with men's and women's athletes competing for championships and a spot in the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Several members of the Miami women's track and field team are expected to have a strong showing this weekend. Senior All-American Samantha Williams, who is representing the Canes in both the triple jump and long jump, is coming off a 42' 0.75" triple jump that earned her a second place finish in the VT Elite Meet. Williams also placed fifth in the long jump at VT two weeks ago.
Jokira Jiles, Taneisha Cordell, Alaine Tate and Shannon Wright are poised for a strong 4x400m performance this weekend. The relay team placed third at the VT Elite Meet with a time of 3:43.379. Cordell and Tate are also competing in the women's 800m this weekend.
The men's team will be led by thrower Isaiah Simmons. The redshirt freshman is Miami's indoor shot put record holder, shattering Vince Wilfork's nearly 12-year-old mark with a throw of 17.87m at the Kentucky Invitational. Since then, he broke his own record at the Auburn Invitational (18.17m) and his throw of 17.88m at the New Mexico Classic earned him his first career victory in the shot put.
Luke Fontaine, Christian Cook, Douglas Dourado and Greg Kaczka will try to repeat their success this weekend in the distance medley relay. Two weeks ago, the quartet set a Miami record, posting a time of 10:02.83.
Sophomore Sean Pezzulo, who finished fourth in his last 5000m competition, will try to improve on his time of 15:05:20. Junior Bassim El-Sabawi will try to post another top five finish in the men's 200m. El-Sabawi finished fifth at the VT Elite Meet with a time of 22.31 seconds.
The Rector Field House is regarded as a premier location for track competition, as it holds a 200-meter, Mondo-surfaced, banked track. The facility is consistently rated as one of the fastest tracks in the U.S. and attracts some of the top track athletes in the world.
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Dakota Dailey Harris