The University of Louisville’s track and field teams are set to commence their postseason quest at the ACC Outdoor Championships this weekend. Hosted by NC State from May 11-13 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the event will mark the Cardinals’ pursuit of their maiden ACC Championship since they joined the conference in 2015.
The action-packed three-day competition will begin on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET, featuring the women’s pole vault and the start of the men’s decathlon. The day’s track events will get underway at 6:00 p.m. ET with the preliminary round of the women’s 400m hurdles.
For fans and enthusiasts unable to attend in person, ACCNX will live-stream all three days of the event. The broadcast will run from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, while Saturday’s events will be televised from 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. ET.
In terms of accolades, the top-three finishers in each individual event and the top relay team will be awarded All-ACC First Team distinction. The athletes who finish fourth through sixth in each individual event and the second and third place relay teams will be recognized as Second Team All-ACC.
Entering the championship, the Cardinals’ men’s squad is ranked second in the conference by the USTFCCCA’s ACC Rating Index, while the women’s team is ranked ninth. Both teams are keen on improving upon last season’s performances at the outdoor conference championship meet in Durham, N.C., where the women secured sixth and the men finished ninth. Overall, the teams combined for four conference champions and 17 All-ACC honorees.
Five Louisville athletes currently lead the conference in their respective events, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the upcoming competition. Trey Allen will be vying for his third consecutive conference title in the men’s high jump, having previously won gold at last season’s outdoor championships and at the indoor championship meet in February.
Synclair Savage will aim to defend her outdoor title in the women’s long jump, and Cameron Miller, who ranks third nationally in the men’s 200m, is expected to make a strong showing after winning gold in the event at the indoor conference championships earlier this season.
Other notable athletes include Soledad Jean in the women’s high jump and Paul Kallenberg in the men’s decathlon, who have both secured the ACC-best marks this season for the Cardinals. Additionally, nine other individual athletes and three relay teams currently sit in the conference’s top five in various events, setting the stage for a thrilling ACC Outdoor Championships.