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Final honorees recognized prior to start of ACC Championships on Thursday
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The final Performers of the Week of the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field season were announced on Tuesday, two days prior to the start of the ACC Indoor Championships in Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts.
The Virginia distance medley relay team earned ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week honors, while NC State’s Joshua Davis was named the Men’s Field Performer of the Week. Duke’s Teddi Maslowski was named the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week, while North Carolina’s Sarah Howard earned Women’s Field accolades.
The Virginia distance medley relay team of freshman Matthew Novak , junior Nathan Kiley, sophomore Kenneth Hagen and junior Henry Wynne finished first with a time of 9:35.60 at the UCS Invitational. When the time is converted from a flat-track for NCAA seeding purposes, the mark of 9:27.89 ranks seventh nationally. Novak opened with a 1,200-meter split of 2:57.753, followed by Kiley's 400m split of 48.081 and Hagen’s 800m split of 1:51.041. Wynne closed the race with a 3:58.723 mile split.
NC State’s Davis recorded a pair of second-place finishes in weight throw competitions last weekend. Davis opened the weekend with a toss of 66-3.25 (20.20m) in the Virginia Tech challenge before throwing the second-best mark in his career at the Kent Taylor Invite. The redshirt-sophomore finished as the top collegiate athlete and second overall with a throw of 68-3.75, marking just the second time in his career that he has cracked the 68-foot mark. Davis’ throw at the Kent Taylor Invite would rank 27th in the nation if he did not already own the NCAA’s 24th-best toss.
Duke’s Maslowski reset the school record in the 60-meter hurdles twice during Friday’s portion of the Virginia Tech Challenge. Starting in the preliminary heats, Maslowski logged the fastest time among the field, crossing the line in 8.38. Already having bettered her own previous school-record time of 8.39, the Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, native broke the all-time mark again by blazing to an 8.34 showing to place first in the finals. Maslowski returned to action later for the women’s long jump and registered her second win of the evening with a mark of 20-2.50 (6.16m).
North Carolina’s Howard took over the top spot in the ACC and the 13th spot nationally with her women’s shot put throw of 55-1.5 (16.80m) at the Kent Taylor Invite. Howard’s throw was a season-best and earned the gold medal. Howard was just off her off her PR of 16.99 meters.
Next up for league teams are the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held this Thursday (Feb. 25) through Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Reggie Lewis Center and hosted by Boston College.
There is no charge for admission. The ACC and ESPN will deliver three hours of live action on the event’s final two days, concluding with the finals on Saturday. Jerry Massey will return for his fourth year handling play-by-play. Lauryn Williams, a former Miami sprinter and a medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, will make her debut as analyst. Coverage will begin on ESPN3 Friday from 5 until 8 p.m., followed by Saturday’s finals from 1 until 4 p.m.
Please go to the link below to follow the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships on-line: