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Six honorees each rank among the nation’s top three in their respective events
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Six student-athletes who posted marks that rank among the top three nationally in their respective events have been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Track and Field Performers of the Week.
Syracuse junior Freddie Crittenden III and Georgia Tech senior Jeremy Greenwald earned Men’s Track Co-Performer of the Week honors, while Miami’s Shakima Wimbley was recognized as the Women’s Track Performer of the Week.
Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore Torben Laidig and Pitt grad student Andrew Wells are the ACC Men’s Field Co-Performers of the Week, while Duke’s Megan Clark is the top Women’s Field Performer.
Syracuse’s Crittenden posted the nation’s top early-season time and achieved a personal best with his 7.71 showing in the 60-meter hurdles at the Ramapo Opener. The returning All-American from Utica, Michigan, topped his previous best mark by .10 of a second.
Georgia Tech’s Greenwald ranks second nationally in the 3,000 meters after his school-record time of 8:03.13 at the Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native finished less than a second behind top-ranked Tony Smoragiewicz of Michigan (8:02.62) in the strong field.
Miami’s Wimbley opened her 2016 season with a stellar showing, finishing first in the two events in which she competed at the Nittany Lion Challenge. The two-time defending ACC indoor 200 meters champion won that event with a time of 23.33 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second behind the meet record. Wimbley’s time is the fastest among ACC sprinters and ranks second nationally. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native was also a key member of the Miami 4x400m relay team that finished first with a time of 3:42.11, which currently ranks 12th nationally.
Laidig cleared 5.46 meters (17-11) to claim the pole vault at the Virginia Tech Invite. The Schwabish Hall, Germany, native’s mark currently leads the nation and ranks tied for No. 5 all-time in school history.
Pitt’s Wells broke his own school record and captured the weight throw at the Kentucky Invitational with a throw of 21.75 meters (71-4.25). The Unionville, Ontario, native’s distance currently stands as third-best in the nation.
Duke’s Clark posted a winning pole vault of 4.35 meters (14-3.25) in the Dick Taylor Carolina Cup competition. The Fort Benning, Georgia, native, who holds Duke’s school record in the event, finished eight inches ahead of her nearest competitor in winning the competition.