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USTFCCCA Athlete of Week, two conference records highlight selections
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Field event standouts highlight the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Indoor Track and Field Performer of the Week selections, as a USTFCAAA Athlete of the Week and two ACC record-setters earned recognition.
NC State’s Jonathan Addison and Virginia Tech’s Torben Laidig were named ACC Men’s Field Co-Performers of the Week, while Duke’s Megan Clark earned Women’s Field Performer of the Week honors.
Syracuse’s Freddie Crittenden III earned ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week accolades, while Clemson’s Grace Barnett and Miami’s Shakima Wimbley were honored as Women’s Co-Track Performers of the Week.
NC State’s Addison was voted the the USTFCAAA national men’s Division I Athlete of the Week after he tied the NCAA's leading mark and earned a USATF Olympic trials qualifying mark in the long jump with a leap of 26-9.75 (8.17m) at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. The Raleigh, North Carolina, native’s career-best effort earned a shares the second-best mark in the world and the NCAA lead with Arkansas senior Jarrion Lawson, who posted his mark Jan. 29 at the Razorback Invitational.
Virginia Tech’s Laidig, also competing at the VT Elite, placed second in the event and ranks nationally with his ACC-record pole vault of 18-5.25 (5.62 meters). The Schwabish Hall, Germany, native topped his own conference and school record of 18-2.75 (5.56 meters) set one week earlier at the Penn State Nationals.
Duke’s Clark set a school and ACC record in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 15-1 (4.60) as the Blue Devils edged Miami for the team championship at the Armory Track Invitational in New York. The Fort Benning, Georgia, senior became only the fourth woman in NCAA history to clear the 15-foot mark as she bettered the previous ACC mark of 14-9 (4.5m) she reached last year and shared with Florida State’s Lacy Janson (2006).
Syracuse’s Crittenden posted a time of 7.72 in the 60-meter hurdles at Armory Invitational. The time is the sixth-best in the nation this season, just .0.01 of a second behind Crittenden’s season-best time of 7.71. It mark the third time this season that the Utica, Michigan, native has posted a time that ranks among the nation’s top six in his event.
Clemson’s Barnett shattered a women’s school record that had stood for three decades to highlight the Tigers’ effort at the Charlie Thomas Invitational. The Pawleys Island, South Carolina, redshirt sophomore crossed the finish line a full second faster than the previous record of 4:38.30, and was just .03-seconds short of the meet record. Barnett clocked in at 4:37.32 to win the event and walk away with the eighth fastest time in the country. Barnett’s time is also a four-second personal best.
Miami’s Wimbley won the 400m dash at the Armory Track Invitational, leading a 70-runner field with a time of 52.90 seconds to break the 53-second mark for the first time this season. The junior then helped the Canes run a season-best time of 3:36.41 to finish second in the invitational section of the women’s 4x400m relay. Wimbley currently has the fastest 200m time in the ACC, ranks second in the ACC in the 400m and helped the Canes post the best 4x400m time in the conference this season.
Laidig and Wimbley each were honored for the third time this season. Clark, Crittenden and Barnett were each recognized for the second time.