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New conference pole vault record paces five nation-leading performances
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five student-athletes whose times or marks currently lead the nation have been recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week, including the new conference record holder in the men’s pole vault.
Virginia Tech’s Torben Laidig was recognized as the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week for the second time this season after setting a new league and school record with his pole vault of 5.56 meters (18-2.75) in the Penn State National. The redshirt sophomore from Schwabish Hall, Germany, broke the previous ACC and school mark of 5.55 meters (18-2.5) set by Yavgeniy Olhovsky in 2009.
Laidig is joined by Syracuse’s Justyn Knight and NC State’s Luis Vargas (ACC Co-Men’s Track Performers of the Week), along with NC State’s Wesley Frazier (Women’s Track Performer of the Week) and Nicole Chavis (Women’s Field Performer of the Week).
Knight broke the Syracuse school record for the mile, leading three Orange runners to sub-3:59 miles (all under the previous school record) during his indoor track collegiate debut at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational. Knight’s time of 3:56.87 is the best in the country to date this season and just one-of-two times under 3:57 in the event.
NC State’s Vargas earned his second national top-15 time of the season Saturday afternoon at the Camel City Elite. Vargas set the NCAA’s top-mark in the 3,000 meters, crossing the finish line in 7:48.81. His mark ranks third in school history, just behind Wolfpack distance legend Ryan Hill. The Elon-transfer also shattered his old PR (8:06.08), running almost 17 seconds faster than his previous best in the event.
The Wolfpack’s Frazier had quite the debut, as the freshman set the indoor women’s 3,000 school record and earned the nation’s top women’s time of 8:56.66 at the Camel City Elite. The Raleigh, North Carolina, native finished third overall, just behind professionals Kerri Gallagher and Rachel Schneider. Frazier’s currently 10 seconds ahead of the nation’s second-best collegiate mark.
NC State’s Chavis reclaimed the NCAA’s top mark in the weight throw Friday night at the Vanderbilt Invitational. Chavis, who has comfortably held the school record in the weight throw for two years, extended her grip on the record with a colossal heave of 21.91 meters (71-10.75). The mark increases her school-record and PR by 1-7 and ranks in front of the nation’s second-best effort by 10.25 inches. The Lumberton, North Carolina, redshirt senior previously held the nation’s top mark after the first week of competition in December, but entered the weekend in fifth place.