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Five ranked among the nation’s top 14 highlight first 2015-16 honorees
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five student-athletes who currently rank among the nation’s top 14 in their respective events comprise the first Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Performers of the Week list for the 2015-16 season.
Clemson senior Tevin Hester was named the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week, while NC State junior Erika Kemp claimed Women’s Track Performer of the Week honors.
Freshmen made their mark among the ACC Field Performer of the Week honorees, as Clemson’s Quanterious Caldwell earned the men’s honor, and North Carolina’s Nicole Greene joined NC State redshirt senior Nicole Chavis as the Co-Women’s Field Performer of the Week,
Hester placed first in the 60-meter dash at the Orange and Purple Classic with a time of 6.63 that leads the ACC and ranks third nationally. The Oxford, North Carolina, native seeks another big year following a 2014-15 season in which he earned All-America recognition and the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Year award for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
NC State’s Kemp posted a nation-leading time of 15:45.46 in winning the women’s 5,000 meters at the Boston University Opener. The Mount Holly, New Jersey, runner edged Boston College senior Liv Westphal (15:45.48) – the ACC’s record-holder in the event – and topped current Wolfpack head cross country and assistant track coach Laurie Henes’ 24-year-old school record by nearly 10 seconds. Four ACC runners posted women’s 5,000 meter times at the Boston University Opener that currently rank among the nation’s top 10.
Clemson’s Caldwell registered a high jump of 6-10.75 (2.10 meters) in his collegiate debut at the Orange and Purple Classic. The Rock Hill, South Carolina, native’s effort placed first in the event, leads the ACC and currently ties for 14th best in the nation.
North Carolina’s Greene delivered a women’s high jump of 5-10.75 (1.80 meters) in the first collegiate meet of her career. The Ponte Vedra, Florida, native placed first in the Joe Hilton Invitational, and her distance currently ties for fourth in the nation.
NC State’s Chavis also stands fourth nationally in the women’s weight throw following her toss of 67-3.5 (20.51) in the Liberty Kickoff. The Lumberton, North Carolina, native and two-time All-American is off to a strong start, as only four of her throws from last season traveled farther than this season’s opening mark.