CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams will split across three last-chance meets on Friday and Saturday in their pursuit of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. These meets are the Tar Heels' final chance in the 2013 outdoor season to secure their marks for the NCAA preliminary round.
Carolina will compete at the Wolfpack Last Chance meet on Friday, May 10th, and at the Georgia Tech Invitational and Virginia Challenge on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11.
Competition at the Wolfpack Last Chance in Raleigh, N.C., begins at 3 p.m. with field events and 6:15 p.m. with running events. Live results will be available.
The two-day Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., will feature the heptathlon and decathlon in addition to track and field events. Competition begins at 3 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Live results will be available.
The Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., will kick off at 12 p.m. from the field and 6 p.m. on the track on Friday. The meet will continue into Saturday with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and running events at 1 p.m. Live results will be available.
The NCAA East Preliminary Round will be held May 23-25 at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. The top 48 competitors in individual events based on the division descending order list will be eligible to compete at the east or west divisions, with the top 12 finishers from each preliminary site advancing to the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 5-9.
For relays, the top 24 teams from the division descending order lists are invited to the preliminary rounds and the top 12 relay teams will advance to the national championship from competition at each site. The top 24 heptathlon and decathlon athletes in national rankings are invited directly to the NCAA National Championship and do not compete at the preliminary rounds.
Heading into the "last chance" competition weekend, the Tar Heels have 22 individuals ranked in 19 events that make up the top 48 for the east prelim. The men's 4x400 is currently 25th in the NCAA East, just one spot shy of a preliminary berth. Carolina looks to remedy its post-season hopes in that men's relay after this weekend's competition.
The Tar Heel multis will also look to qualify for the NCAA Championships this weekend as they compete at Virginia. Conference champion in the decathlon Joe Hutchinson is currently 35th in the nation as Ryan Ramsey and Paul Haley are also ranked in the nation's top 80. Tory Kemp, who earned All-ACC honors for her second-place finish in the heptathlon, is currently 53rd in the women's multi.
The NCAA will announce official preliminary competitors on Thursday, May 16th. Stay tuned to www.GoHeels.com for all UNC track and field news and follow the team on Twitter for all post-season updates.