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Newman’s ACC pole vault record highlights standout efforts
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Alysha Newman, who set an ACC record in the women’s pole vault with a mark 4.60 meters, highlights the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week.
Newman, whose mark ranks No. 1 nationally, is joined by a trio of student-athletes that posted times or marks that rank No. 2 in their respective events. Newman earned ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week honors, while Florida State long jumper Stefan Brits took field honors on the men’s side. Miami junior Shakima Wimbley was named the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week, while Syracuse hurdler Freddie Crittenden III was named the top Men’s Track Performer.
Newman’s pole vault mark of 4.60 meters (15-1) at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational topped the previous conference record of 4.58 meters (15-0.25) set by Florida State’s Lacy Janson at the 2006 ACC Championships. The Delaware, Ontario, senior also shattered the Canadian National record while posting a mark that currently ranks fourth in the world.
Florida State’s Brits took the gold medal in the men’s long jump at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersey Invitational hosted by UCLA. Despite rain and windy conditions, Brits soared 7.94 meters (26-0.75) – the second-best mark of his career outdoors – to claim the title over a field of 10 athletes from UCLA, Utah State and post-collegians. The Cape Town, South Africa native, a doctoral student in chemistry for the Seminoles, posted his mark into a negative 2.0 headwind. His best outdoor leap since setting the ACC Championship meet mark (8.05m) in 2013 leads the conference this season. Brits entered the outdoor season having posted a third-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump.
Miami’s Wimbley made her presence known at the 2016 Hurricane Alumni Invitational, winning the women’s 400m and helping the Canes win the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The junior opened her outdoor season in the 400m with an ACC-leading time of 51.62 seconds that ranks second nationally. Wimbley also helped the Canes post ACC-leading times in the 4x100m (43.75) and 4x400m (3:31.73) relays, closing the meet with an outstanding anchor leg in the 4x400m that was timed at 50.88 seconds.
Also competing in the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, Syracuse’s Crittenden III posted the second-best collegiate time of the season in the 110 men’s hurdles at 13.53. The Utica, Michigan junior’s time is the best in the East this season and trails only Devon Allen of Oregon nationally. Crittenden’s time was also a personal best and led a field of 35 competitors in the event.