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Nation-leading mark among standout efforts during second outdoor weekend
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – A nation-leading effort in the women’s pole vault and four more student-athletes that rank among the nation’s top six in their respective events highlight this week’s list of Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week.
Miami pole-vaulter Alysha Newman has been named the ACC’s Women’s Field Performer of the Week, while Notre Dame’s Kaila Barber earned Women’s Track Performer of the Week honors.
Duke distance runner Shaun Thompson and Florida State sprinter Darryl Haraway were named the Men’s Track Co-Performers of the Week, while NC State long-jumper Jonathan Addison took Men’s Field Performer of the Week honors.
Miami’s Newman registered a pole vault of 4.50 meters (14-9) at the Hurricane Invitational that ranks first in the nation and within sight of the ACC record of 4.58 (15-0.25) that has stood since 2006. The senior from Ontario bested her previous school-record mark of 4.41m and hit the Olympic standard to put herself in position to possibly represent Canada in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. Newman currently ranks fourth in the world in the women’s pole vault. Her efforts were part of a big weekend in field events for the Hurricane women, who also saw Dakota Dailey-Harris post a school record and nation-leading mark of 1.84 meters in the high jump.
Notre Dame’s Barber opened her outdoor season with pair of national top-six times in the women’s hurdles at the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech. The grad student from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, took first place in the 100 hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.04 that currently ranks second in the NCAA. She followed up with a winning time of 57.53 in the 400 hurdles, which currently ranks sixth nationally.
Duke's Thompson, running his first-ever outdoor 10,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays, posted a time of 29:02.18 that ranks second nationally and stands as the second-fastest in Duke history. The graduate student from Baldwinsville, New York, placed less than a second behind the nation’s current top time of 29:01.34.
Florida State’s Haraway opened his inaugural outdoor season with the Seminoles in impressive fashion with two national top-six finishes. The Upper Marlboro, Maryland, freshman captured the 100-meter dash and lent a leg to the winning 4x100 relay at the FSU Relays. Handling the baton on the second leg of the 4x100 relay, Haraway put the Seminoles in front for good as they won in 39.41. The solid early-season time leads all ACC schools, ranks third nationally and is second on the NCAA East Preliminary qualifying list. Less than 20 minutes later, Haraway scored his first collegiate outdoor victory, winning the 100-meter dash in 10.34. While the time ranks tied for sixth nationally and tied for second on the NCAA East Preliminary list, it is actually the third-fastest wind legal time in the country.
NC State’s Addison opened his outdoor season with an early long jump mark of 25-8.75 to take first place in the Raleigh Relays. Addison’s jump ranks fourth nationally and stood as the longest of the week by an NCAA Division I competitor. It only took the Raleigh, North Carolina, native three jumps to seal the win before he passed on his three attempts in the finals. Addison also competed in a pair of running events, adding the nation’s No. 30 mark in the 100m dash of 10.47 and running a leg for the Wolfpack’s 30th-ranked 4x100 team.