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Three week one honorees hold No. 1 rankings in their respective outdoor events
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Three student-athletes who currently rank first nationally in their respective events are among the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first group of Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week for the 2016 season.
Louisville sophomore high-jumper Javen Reeves was recognized as the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week, while Cardinals junior long jumper Bre’Yana Wash and Wake Forest freshman high-jumper Alexandria Florent earned Women’s Co-Field Performer of the Week honors.
Virginia Tech sophomore sprinter Darius Watkins received the nod as ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week, while Miami junior sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne took honors on the women’s side.
Reeves won the long jump at the USF Bulls Invitational to kick off the outdoor season. The New Albany, Indiana, native finished with a new personal best mark of 2.20m (7-2.50), just shy of Tone Belt's Louisville school record of 2.23m (7-3.75). His mark currently ranks as the top mark in the nation and was his second career win in the outdoor high jump.
Wash continued her momentum from the indoor season into the outdoor season with a win in the long jump at the USF Bulls Invitational, setting a new meet record. Wash won the event with a new personal best mark of 6.30m (20-8), just shy of Charachesicia Lockhart's school record of 6.34m/20-9.75. The Dallas native’s mark currently ranks as the top mark in the nation and earned her a fifth career outdoor long jump win.
In her collegiate outdoor debut, the Demon Deacons’ Florent won the invitational high jump at the Wake Forest Open with a PR jump of 1.78m (5-10). The Santa Clarita, California, native’s mark was 5.75 inches better than that of the next closest competitor and tied the highest national mark for the opening week of the outdoor season.
Virginia Tech’s Watkins placed among the nation’s top 20 in two events while competing at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami. The Grovetown, Georgia, sophomore’s time of 20.96 in the 200 was the fastest among collegiate runners at the event, ranks sixth nationally, and is also the sixth-fastest in program history. His time of 10.50 in the 100 meters currently ranks 19th nationally and is the eighth-fastest in school history.
Miami’s Stiverne opened her 2016 outdoor season with an outstanding performance at the Hurricane Invitational. The junior posted an ACC-leading 200m time of 23.33 seconds that also serves as her personal-best. The Plantation, Florida, native’s time also ranks fourth in the NCAA and third in the NCAA East region.