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Georgia Tech’s Lasater, Maryland’s Smith, VT’s Vivod recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Brandon Lasater has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Track and Field Performer of the Week, while Maryland’s Amina Smith and Virginia Tech’s Eva Vivod have been recognized as ACC Women’s Performers of the Week.
All three student-athletes posted nation-leading marks in their respective events during last weekend’s competition.
The Yellow Jackets’ Lasater actually had a pair of national top-two finishes during the Pepsi Florida relays in Gainesville, Fla. Lasater’s time of 1:47.19 in the 800 meters was the fastest of his career and the second-fastest in the nation so far this season. The Perry, Ga., junior followed up by running the anchor leg of the 4x800 relay in 1:49, as the Yellow Jackets won the event for the second straight year with a nation-leading time of 7:16.89. In addition to earning the gold medal, Lasater and his running mates shattered the previous Georgia Tech school record of 7:18.94, which had stood since 1994. This year’s record time was nearly six seconds faster than the 7:22.37 the Yellow Jackets ran in winning last year’s event.
Maryland’s Smith, also competing at the Pepsi Florida Relays, tied for first nationally among women’s high jumpers with a clearance of 6-0 ¾ (1.85m). Smith earned the silver medal at the Relays, as three competitors in the 22-woman field tied for the nation’s leading clearance and places were determined by fewest misses. The Lusby, Md., senior went over 6 feet outdoors for the first time in her career and tied for third-best in Maryland school history. Smith is one of only six Terrapin women ever to clear 6-feet in the high jump.
Competing in the first collegiate meet of her career at the Pepsi Florida Relays, Virginia Tech’s Vivod delivered a throw of 186-4 (56.8m) in the women’s javelin. The Maribor, Slovenia, freshman broke the Virginia Tech school record set by Dee O’Connell in 2002 and came less than two feet of the ACC record distance of 188-3 (57.38m) that has stood since 1998. Vivod’s mark is the No. 1 collegiate mark in the nation this season, as she prevailed in a 25-member field that included the previous top-ranked thrower in Florida’s Maria Vucenovic.