ACC Announces Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week

Personal bests, nationally ranked performances highlight final 2016 selections

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its final Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week for the 2016 season on Tuesday as teams and student-athlete gear up for this week’s ACC Championships at Tallahassee, Florida.

Louisville’s Ben Williams was named the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week, while North Carolina’s Avana Story and Wake Forest’s Sydney White were honored on the women’s side. NC State’s Luis Vargas and Megan Moye were honored as the respective men’s and women’s Track Performers of the Week.

Louisville’s Williams made his outdoor triple jump debut at the Rankin/Poehlein Invitational last Saturday afternoon. He finished with a season best mark of 16.05m/52-8 to win the event. His mark currently ranks ninth in the nation and stands as the Cardinal junior’s 12th career win.

NC State’s Vargas added another event to his postseason opportunities with a solid 1,500m debut at the Wolfpack Last Chance meet. Vargas led most of the race and crossed the finish line in 3:42.67. The mark was the fastest time in the country last weekend and ranks 31st in the nation, 18th in the East and fifth in the ACC. Vargas has qualified for the ACC Championships and holds top-48 times in the East Region for the 10,000m, 5,000m and 1,500m.

North Carolina’s Story achieved a personal best with her hammer throw of 61.19m/200-9 at the Wolfpack Last Chance meet that ranks second in school history and second in the ACC this season. The College Park, Georgia, senior ranks 20th in the nation heading into this week’s ACC Championships.

Wake Forest’s White achieved a personal record and broke her own school record in the pole vault with a mark of 4.25m (13’ 11.25”). The result, which ranks 12th nationally, came one week after she tied her previous PR of 4.20m at the Virginia Challenge. Her performance at the Hokie Twilight Qualifier gave her the fourth event title of the season in six meets.

NC State’s Moye improved her 800m PR and moved up the national standings, crossing the finish line in 2:04.93 at the Wolfpack Last Chance meet. Moye posted a 1.05 second improvement on her PR, which moves her to 22nd in the NCAA, 12th in the East and third in the ACC. Moye now holds top-25 national marks in both the 1,500m and 800m. This junior has set the school record in the 1,500m on two occasions and earned three ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week honors.

The 2016 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled this Friday through Sunday (May 13-15) at Florida State’s Mike Long Track. ESPN3 plans 3 ½ hours of live action on the event’s first two days, followed by three hours of finals coverage on the evening of Sunday, May 15. Tom Block returns to handle play-by-play for the second straight year. Lauryn Williams, a former Miami sprinter and a medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, will reprise her role as analyst following a successful debut at February’s Indoor Championships in Boston. ESPN3 will bring live action Friday and Saturday (May 13 and 14) from 6 until 9:30 p.m., followed by Sunday’s finals from 6 until 9 p.m.