ACC Announces Indoor Track & Field Performers of Week
Five honored after placing among nation’s top four in respective events
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five student-athletes who posted marks that currently rank among the nation’s top four have been recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week.
Syracuse’s Justyn Knight and Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin earned ACC Men’s Track Co-Performer of the Week accolades, while NC State’s Jonathan Addison was named Men’s Field Performer of the Week for the second week in a row.
Duke’s Anima Banks was named the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week, while Miami’s Alysha Newman was honored as Women’s Field Performer of the Week.
Knight broke the Syracuse school record, meet record and track record while winning the 3000 meters at the Iowa State Classic on Friday. It is the second event this season in which the Vaughan, Ontario, sophomore currently ranks in the top-two nationally, as Knight also holds the top mark in the mile. Knight broke Martin Hehir’s school record from last season and bested Michael Power of Arkansas’ track and meet record previously set in 1999 by 1.24 seconds.
Virginia Tech’s Curtin, competing in the 5,000 meters at the Iowa State Classic, also set school, track and event records with his winning time of 13:37.10. The Leesburg, Virginia, senior, who topped his own school record, ranks No. 2 nationally this week.
NC State’s Addison cleared 26-foot mark in the long jump for the third time in his career and the second time in as many weeks, with a mark of 26-1.75 at the Tyson Invite. The mark did not beat the Raleigh, North Carolina native’s season-high, but would rank fourth in the NCAA if he did not already share the nation’s top mark.
Duke’s Banks set a school record and ranks second nationally following her time of 2:03.41 in the 800 meters at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston. The Mamaroneck, New York, senior placed second overall and was the first collegian among the 192-runner field to cross the finish line.
For the second consecutive week, Miami’s Newman posted a personal-best mark of 4.50m (14-9) in the women’s pole vault at the Tyson Invitational. Newman tied her personal-best and school record mark set a week earlier at the Armory Track Invitational. Newman ranks second in the ACC and third in the NCAA in the women’s pole vault this season.