@ACCTrackField Performers Of The Week Named
Tuesday February 18, 2014
Pitt’s Spratling repeats; Florida State’s Colleen Quigley honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Pitt senior Brycen Spratling has been honored as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Performer of the Week for the second straight week and the third time this season, while Florida State junior Colleen Quigley has been recognized as the ACC Women’s Performer of the Week.
Spratling is now ranked second in the NCAA and owns the third fastest time in the world after his winning performance in the men’s 400m dash on Saturday afternoon at the SPIRE Collegiate Invitational. Spratling’s time of 45.57 set a new school record, was a lifetime best, and also established a facility and meet record. The Webster, N.Y. native added a first-place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 21.36 and was part of a Panthers’ winning 4x400 relay team that posted a first-place time of 3:07.98.
FSU’s Quigley turned in a huge performance over the weekend at the Husky Classic, anchoring the Seminoles’ winning distance medley relay to victory on Friday (Feb. 14) and placing second in Saturday’s Invitational mile. Carrying the baton for the 1600-meter final leg, Quigley covered the metric equivalent of the mile in 4:36, as the Seminole recorded the nation’s No. 6 time (11:01.59), which is also the fastest time in the ACC this season. She teamed with Linden Hall (1200), Elizabeth Ichite (400) and Georgia Peel (800) as FSU defeated the second-place team by 40 seconds in the nine-team race. The St. Louis native was even better Saturday. Running in the second (and allegedly slower) of two invitational heats of the mile, Quigley won her heat in a personal-best time of 4:35.38, which was good for a second-place finish overall against a field of 31 athletes which included a host of professionals. Not only was she the first collegiate finisher, she did so without the benefit of a pacer, which was not the case in the first heat. Her time ranks No. 3 overall in NCAA Division I and is also tops in the ACC this season.