ACC Announces Track and Field Performers of the Week

Conference student-athletes hitting stride as regular season winds down

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference list of Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week continues to include nationally ranked times and marks as the league’s student-athletes gear up for the ACC Championships and NCAA competition.

Syracuse’s Justyn Knight earned ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week accolades, while Virginia’s Filip Mihaljevic was tabbed as the league’s top Field Performer for the second week in a row.

On the women’s side, Florida State’s Kellion Knibb earned Field Performer of the Week honors while Duke’s Anima Banks received the nod as Women’s Track Performer of the Week.

Syracuse’s Knight broke his own school record by seven seconds and raced to a 10th-place finish (third among collegiate competitors) with a time of 13:27.23 in a 5,000-meter field that was loaded with professionals at the Payton Jordan Invitational. The Vaughan, Ontario, sophomore now holds the nation’s third-fastest time in the event and currently ranks second-fastest among those expected to compete in the NCAA East Prelims.

Mihaljevic won the discus with a mark of 61.12m (200-6) at the Highlander Invitational in Radford, Virginia. While the throw didn’t match Mihaljevic’s 203-8 effort of the previous week that ranks fourth nationally, it would currently ranks seventh. The Virginia junior had the best throw of the last week in the NCAA and had three throws that ranked among the top 10.

Florida State’s Knibb continued her record-setting season Friday at the Penn Relays, capturing the College Women’s Discus Championship section on her final attempt. Knibb’s winning throw of 58.55 meters (192-1) shattered the 20-year-old Penn Relays and Franklin Field record, set by Washington’s Aretha Hill in 1996 (57.76/189-6). Knibb was named the Penn Relays College Women’s Athlete of the Meet. It marks the third win in four meets this spring for Knibb, who ranks fourth in the NCAA and first in the ACC. She is unbeaten against collegiate competition this season. The St. Catherine, Jamaica native has now broken long-standing meet records in consecutive performances. On April 15 at the Seminole Invitational, Knibb broke the 30-year-old Mike Long Track record in her home circle with a top mark of 57.99m.

Competing against some of best collegiate and professional runners in the world at the Payton Jordan Invitational, the Blue Devils’ Banks clocked an outdoor personal-best and ACC-leading time of 2:04.38 to place third in her section. Banks led the pack halfway through the race, posting a 1:00.00 split through the first 400, then followed with a 1:04.38 on her second and final lap. The performance by the Mamaroneck, New York, senior ranks as the third-fastest outdoor time in school history and currently ranks 16th nationally.