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Georgia Tech’s Gardner, Duke’s Clark add league honor to national recognition
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech senior Jonathan Gardner has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Track and Field Performer of the Week, while Duke sophomore Megan Clark has been named the ACC Women’s Performer of the Week.
The honors come one day after the pair was recognized as the NCAA Division I National Men’s and Women’s Athletes of the Week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Georgia Tech’s Gardner, who did not compete during the indoor season, returned to the sand pit at last weekend’s Alabama Relays and took the gold medal in the triple jump with a nation-leading and personal-record distance of 52-1 (15.87m). The Chicago native, who had been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, placed nearly a foot-and-a-half ahead of the next-closest competitor at the meet and currently ranks as the only Division I student-athlete with a triple jump of more than 52 feet early in this outdoor season.
Duke’s Clark, of Fort Benning, Ga., cleared a pole vault of 14-7¼ (4.45m) on her first attempt, garnering a first-place finish at the Carolina Relays in Chapel Hill, N.C. Clark’s mark currently ranks first in the nation by 7¼ feet. Clark, also the Duke school record holder in the indoor pole vault, improved on her personal-best mark of 14-5¼ (4.40m), earned at the ACC Indoor Championships. Clark opened the competition with two misses at 12-5½ (3.80m) before clearing the height on her third attempt. After clearances at 12-9½ (3.90m) and 13-5¼ (4.10m), each on her first attempt, Clark missed once at 13-11¼ (4.25m) before successfully clearing the height. Clark soared over both 14-3¼ (4.35m) and 14-7¼ (4.45m ) on her first attempts en route to the school record.