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UNC’s Rahn recognized after setting ACC record; two from FSU, one from VT honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn has been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Field Performer of the Week after setting a league record in the heptathlon and ranking among the nation’s top 10 in the long jump.
Rahn is joined on this week’s list of honorees by ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week Kendal Williams of Florida State, ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week Sage Watson of Florida State and ACC’s Men’s Field Performer of the Week Chris Uhle of Virginia Tech.
A redshirt junior from Hamburg, Germany, Rahn joins Virginia Tech’s Irena Sediva (women’s javelin) and Syracuse’s Martin Hehir (men’s 10,000 meters) among a trio of student-athletes who have set new ACC Outdoor Track and Field records during the 2015 season.
Rahn’s total of 5,930 points during last week’s Bulldog Decathlon/Heptathlon at Athens, Georgia, surpassed the previous mark of 5,928 set by Clemson’s Liane Weber during the 2010 ACC Championships. Rahn’s effort included a long jump mark of 6.35 meters (20-10) that led the heptathlon and ranks seventh nationally among women’s long jumpers overall. Rahn’s ACC-record heptathlon score currently ranks fifth nationally.
Florida State’s Williams laid down the 10th-fastest 200-meter dash in school history Saturday at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, closing in 20.56 to place third in a field of 45. In his first 200 of the outdoor season, Williams finished third behind Bahamian Olympic medalist Michael Mathieu (20.40) and former eight-time Auburn All-American Harry Adams (20.50). Williams’ time currently ranks No. 19 in the world – tied for seventh in NCAA Division I - and is the second-fastest time of his career. The Jacksonville, Florida, native also handled the third leg on FSU’s runner-up 4x100 relay team, which posted a time of 40.03. The Seminoles trailed only the Brazil national team in the sprint across the finish line to take over the top spot in the ACC this season, which was also good for a share of the 18th-best time in the nation.
Competing in her first 400-meter hurdle race in two years, the Seminoles’ Watson was victorious in her outdoor season debut, posting the ninth-fastest time (57.49) in NCAA Division I. In the process of registering her fastest time at sea level – she ran 56.81 at altitude for the gold at the 2013 PanAm Junior Games in Medellin, Colombia – Watson took down defending ACC outdoor champion Jamika Glades of Miami (57.51) with a furious finish off the final hurdle. It marked the fifth consecutive 400-meter hurdles finals victory for the native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Watson now boasts the top time in the ACC this season in an event where conference athletes hold three of the 11-fastest times collegiately for 2015.
Virginia Tech’s Uhle set a personal best and climbed to No. 5 in the NCAA rankings after an impressive showing in the men’s pole vault at the Tennessee Relays. Uhle’s mark of 5.41 meters (17-9) moves the Powell, Ohio, senior to fifth all-time in the Virginia Tech record books and is currently the highest mark in the ACC this season.