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New league record-holder in men’s shot highlights this week’s list of honorees
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia’s Filip Mihaljevic, who set a new Atlantic Coast Conference record in the shot put, highlights the ACC’s Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week for January 26.
Mihaljevic was named the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week, while Louisville’s Edwin Kibichiy earned Men’s Track Performer of the Week recognition after strong finishes in two distance running events.
Duke’s Karli Johonnot and Georgia Tech’s Bria Matthews, who each rank No. 2 nationally in their respective individual events, were named Co-Women’s Field Performers of the Week. Clemson’s Gracie Barnett and Miami’s Shakima Wimbley, who each placed among the top five in their respective individual events and contributed to strong relay team showings, were named Co-Women’s Track Performers of the Week.
Mihaljevic won the shot put at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet this past weekend with an NCAA-leading throw of 20.69 meters (67-10.75). The mark is a new ACC, UVA and McCravy Memorial Meet record, as well as an Olympic-standard distance. He had three throws that ranked in the top-10 in the country this week and all surpassed his previous school record of 19.63 meters (64-5). The redshirt sophomore from Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, defeated a field that featured three other 2016 top-20 NCAA throwers.
Louisville’s Kibichiy ranks among the nation’s top 34 in two individual events following a strong showing in the Notre Dame Invitational. The junior from Kapsabet, Kenya, ran the nation’s 15th-best time in the men’s 3,000 meters with a season-best 8:06.55. He followed up with a personal-best mile time of 4:07.4 that netted his second first-place finish in as many weeks and ranks 34th nationally. Kibichiy’s efforts helped lead the Cardinals to a second-place team finish in the event, which featured four ranked teams.
Duke’s Johonnot compiled a Duke school-record score of 4,304 during last Friday’s Tobacco Road Multis. The score ranks second nationally and included a high jump of 1.80 meters (5-10.75) that ties for 11th in the current national rankings. The Las Vegas redshirt senior’s 60-meter hurdles time of 8.65 tied for the fourth-fastest time in school history.
Georgia Tech’s Matthews set a Birmingham CrossPlex record of 13.33 meters (43-9) in the triple jump during last weekend’s Conference Clash. The Morrow, Georgia, freshman’s distance currently ranks second nationally and placed first in the event’s 18-woman field.
Miami’s Wimbley earned Women’s Track Performer of the Week accolades for the second straight week after she won the 400-meter dash at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet with a time of 53.08 seconds that leads the ACC and ranks fourth in the NCAA this season. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. junior, who was a second team indoor All-American in both the 400-meter and 4x400 relay a year ago, also played a key role in Miami’s second place finish in the 4x400m relay at the McCravy Memorial Meet with a time of 3:37.54 that ranks first among ACC schools and ninth in the country.
Clemson’s Barnett won the mile at the Rod McCravy Memorial with a personal best time of 4:41.33. Her effort currently stands the fifth-fastest time in the country this season, the fastest time in the ACC and the third-fastest time in program history. The Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, redshirt sophomore’s strong showing came one day after she anchored the first-place distance medley relay team to a first-place time of 11:20.75, which is currently the third-fastest time in the country and the second-fastest time in ACC behind Florida State’s 11:19.1.