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Conference record-setters, nationally-ranked student-athletes highlight honorees
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five student-athletes who achieved No. 1 national rankings and another who ranks among the national leaders in three events highlight the 2015 season’s third edition of Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Performers Of The Week.
Virginia Tech sophomore Irena Sediva is the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week for the second straight week after establishing a new conference record in the javelin throw. She is joined in the ACC record book by Syracuse senior Martin Hehir, who set a new league mark in the men’s 10,000 meters.
Hehir and fellow distance runner Zak Seddon of Florida State share ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week honors, while Clemson’s Natoya Goule and Miami’s Shakima Wimbley are the Co-ACC Women’s Track Performers of the Week. Virginia sophomore Jordan Young earned ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week accolades.
Virginia Tech’s Sediva shattered a 17-year-old ACC record in the women’s javelin throw, jumping to 10th all-time in NCAA history. Sediva's throw of 190-4 (58.02m) at the Florida Relays bested her own school record mark set in the previous weekend and topped the previous ACC mark, set by Ann Crouse of Virginia in 1998, by just over two feet. The Czech Republic native currently ranks first in the nation, more than 10 feet ahead of the nearest competitor.
The Orange’s Hehir made his mark at the Stanford Invitational, setting the ACC record in the men’s 10,000 meters and achieving a No. 1 NCAA Division I ranking. The Washingtonville, New York, native posted the best collegiate time in the young outdoor season while finishing second to Nike’s Juan Luis Barrios with a time of 28:27.70 in a field of 79 runners. Hehir’s effort bested the Syracuse school record that stood for 33 years by nearly 15 seconds and edged the previous top ACC time of 28:28.04 held by Florida State’s Andrew Lemoncello since March of 2007.
Florida State’s Seddon made his 2015 3000-meter steeplechase debut Friday at the Stanford Invitational, earning a spot in the fastest of three sections, featuring both top collegiate and post-collegiate specialists. Running in the lead pack from the start, the Reading, Great Britain, native finished second in 8:36.55 – the second-fastest time of his career and the No. 1 mark in NCAA Division I competition this season. It was a breakout performance for Seddon, who labored through an injury-plagued 2014 season that prevented him from returning to the form he flashed in 2013 when he won the ACC title, advanced to the NCAA Championships and captured the European Junior National Championships.
Clemson’s Goule posted an 800 meters time of 2:01.63 that ranks first in Clemson record books and set a Florida Relays collegiate record. Goule finished runner-up in Friday’s race behind professional Chanelle Price, but first among collegiate runners. The Clarendon, Jamaica, native’s time ranks first nationally by a margin of over two seconds. Goule also anchored a 4x400 relay team showing of 3:31.89 that ranks third in Clemson history and is currently fourth-best nationally.
Miami’s Wimbley set a new school record in the women's 400m, running a time of 51.50 to place second overall and tie for the nation’s fastest time nationally. The sophomore from Ft. Lauderdale surpassed previous Hurricanes’ record holder Charlette Greggs’ time of 51.65 set in 2003. Wimbley also contributed to Miami’s 4x400m relay that ranks 10th in the NCAA. Running anchor, Wimbley rounded out a quartet that finished fourth at the Florida Relays with a time of 3:35.49, seventh fastest in the East Region.
Virginia’s Young shined at the Cal-Michigan-Virginia Tri-Meet in Berkeley, winning two events and finishing third in another. Young won the hammer throw with a school-record mark of 220-4 (67.15m), breaking the previous record by nearly three meters. That mark ranks ninth nationally and best in the ACC. He also won the discus with a mark of 197-5 (60.18m), ranking third nationally and best in the ACC. Young is the only athlete in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both the hammer and discus. The Windsor, Ontario, sophomore added a shot put throw of 67-7.25 (19.08m), which placed third in the meet and ranks 21st nationally.