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Three nation-leading times and marks posted by this week’s honorees
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Three student-athletes who posted nation-leading marks in their events head up the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week list for April 5.
Florida State’s Zak Seddon (men’s 3,000 steeplechase) and Virginia’s Henry Wynne (men’s 1,500) were named the ACC Men’s Track Performers of the Week and are joined by Women’s Field Performer of the Week Megan Clark of Duke (women’s pole vault). All delivered chart-topping performances in the third week of outdoor competition. They are joined by Syracuse women’s distance runner Shaylyn Tuite (Women’s Track Performer of the Week) and NC State’s Jonathan Addison (Men's Field Performer of the Week).
Seddon’s season-opening 3,000-meter steeplechase performance produced the nation’s top time among Division I athletes last Friday at the Stanford Invitational. Competing in the fastest of three section at Cobb Track at Angell Field, Seddon recorded a personal-best time of 8:33.09 and finished second to post-collegian Hillary Bor (8:30.70). The Great Britain native, a first-team All-American in the event last season, led until the penultimate water barrier and came tantalizingly close to meeting the Olympic standard in his first 3k steeple of the season. In all, 39 athletes competed in the event, which produced 13 of the top 16 NCAA Division I times this season.
The Cavaliers’ Wynne broke the Virginia school, Pressly Stadium and Florida Relays meet records in the 1,500 meters in last Friday night’s competition at Gainesville, Florida. A junior from Westport, Connecticut, the 2016 NCAA Champion in the indoor mile recorded the top NCAA time this season in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:38.35. He was also part of the Cavaliers’ 4x800 relay that finished third with a time of 7:25.92.
Syracuse’s Tuite posted a personal best time of 33:22.04 in the women’s 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational that ranks as a personal best, the top time by an ACC runner so far this season and the third-best in Orange program history. The Pittsford, New York, junior currently ranks eighth nationally in the event.
Duke’s Clark tied for the sixth-best women’s pole vault showing in NCAA women’s outdoor history with her mark of 14-9.5 (4.51 meters) at the Battle of the Blues tri-meet that featured Duke, North Carolina and Michigan. The 2016 NCAA indoor silver medalist from Fort Benning, Georgia broke her own program and Morris Williams Stadium facility record, in addition to setting the best mark in the country so far this season.
Addison, named ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week for the second week in a row, improved from fourth to second in the nation in the men’s long jump with a gold medal leap of 25-11 (7.90m) at the Florida Relays. He once again dominated the competition, needing only three jumps to post the winning the mark before passing on his final three. Addison’s jump was seven inches ahead of the runner up and a 2-0.25 improvement from his season opener at last week’s Raleigh Relays.