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Five nationally ranked student-athletes recognized following standout efforts
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – NCAA Division I men’s 10,000 meters leader Shaun Thompson is among three Duke student-athletes earning Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Performer of the Week recognition and leads this week’s list of nationally-ranked honorees.
Thompson was named the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week, while Megan Moye of NC State earned Women’s Track Performer of the Week honors. Duke’s Thomas Lang was named the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the week, while Florida State sophomore Jogaile Petrokaite and Duke’s Megan Clark earned Women’s Field Performer of the Week accolades.
Running in the Men’s 10,000-Meter Run Invitational Elite event last Thursday night at the Mt. Sac Relays in Norwalk, California, Duke’s Thompson stopped the clock at 28:47.48 to break Robbie Perkins’ school record of 28:56.80 set in 1976 by nearly 10 seconds. Thompson, who ranked No. 2 nationally entering the meet, posted an improved time that is just over six seconds faster than the next-closest Division I outdoor time registered in 2016.
NC State’s Moye picked up a pair of events wins in mid-distance races at the Charlotte Invitational over the weekend. Her performance was highlighted by a school-record showing in the 1,500 meters. Moye’s time of 4:15.67 broke Samantha George’s school record from 2015 and currently ranks fifth in the NCAA. The Moseley, Virginia, native added another top-25 NCAA mark with a win in the 800 meters, earning a near two-second PR in the event with a time of 2:05.98 for the NCAA’s 21st-best mark.
Duke’s Lang, a returning All-American from the 2015 outdoor season, logged his best performance of the 2016 campaign at the Beach Invitational at Long Beach, California, throwing the javelin 237-2 (72.29m) to finish as the top collegian. The Royersford, Pennsylvania, redshirt senior’s effort ranks 17th among NCAA Division I throwers this year and first in the ACC.
FSU’s Petrokaite soared to a new career-best in the long jump at the Seminole Invitational on Friday, taking over the ACC lead in the event with a mark of 6.40 meters (21-0). Petrokaite climbed to the top of the conference rankings and to No. 7 on the NCAA Outdoor descending order list with a second-place finish over a field of 21. The Lithuania native, who qualified for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor and 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships, was denied a victory by Rutgers’ Gabrielle Farquharson, who won with a nation-leading mark of 6.54 meters. Petrokaite’s wind-legal standard eclipsed her previous best of 6.33 (20-9.50) set in 2014. In addition to ranking first in the ACC and seventh nationally, she sits fifth on the NCAA East Preliminary descending order list and shares the No. 6 mark in Florida State history with teammate Der’Renae Freeman.
Duke’s Clark cleared 14-11.00 (4.55m) in the pole vault at Mt. Sac Relays on Friday to rank second nationally and break the program’s outdoor record for the second time this season. Clark placed first the Women’s Pole Vault Open-A division and matched the meet record while becoming just the seventh women’s vaulter all-time to clear at least 14-11.00 during an NCAA outdoor season. Clark topped her previous school record of 14-9.5 (4.51m) and sits behind only Miami’s Alysha Newman (4.60m, 15-1) in the current national rankings.