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Four honorees rank among the nation’s top four in their respective events
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – This week’s group of Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week includes four student-athletes who rank among the nation’s top four in their respective events, and another who ranks among the nation’s top 15 in two events.
Florida State’s Colleen Quigley was recognized as the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week, while Syracuse’s Justyn Knight earned ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week honors. Virginia’s Filip Mihaljevic and Virginia Tech’s Manuel Ziegler were named the ACC Men’s Field Performers of the Week, while Duke’s Teddi Maslowski earned ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week accolades.
Competing for the first time this outdoor season, Florida State’s Quigley picked up where she left off during the indoor season. In the 14-athlete Invitational A section of the women’s 1500 at the Mt. SAC Relays, Quigley ran a collegiate nation-leading time of 4:11.61 to finish fifth behind four professionals, including new world leader Sarah Brown. In the process, she defeated fellow All-Americans Dominique Scott (Arkansas), Rhiandwedd Price (Mississippi State) and Emma Bates (Boise State). It was a lifetime-best 1500 time for Quigley by a full four seconds, which moved her to No. 4 on FSU’s all-time list behind former NCAA champions Susan Kuijken and Hannah England, as well as Amanda Winslow. Quigley’s time was the fifth-fastest of 105 runners competing in the 1500 at Hillmer Lodge Stadium. The St. Louis native currently ranks No. 14 in the World and No. 5 in the United States. On a weekend when ACC women registered four of the nation’s top seven collegiate 1500m times this season, Quigley was the fastest of them all.
Syracuse’s Knight shattered a school record that had stood for 43 years in the men’s 1500-meters and took first at the Virginia Challenge with a time of 3:39.66. The Vaughan, Ontario freshman posted the fourth-fastest time in the nation this season as he led the 72-runner field.
Virginia’s Mihaljevic won a pair of events at the Virginia Challenge, setting two school records in the process. He won the discus with a school-record 201-10 (61.52m), the second-longest throw in the nation this season. In the shot put, against a field that includes four of the top 11 athletes in the nation, the sophomore from Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina won with a school-record and Lannigan Field record 66-1.75 (20.16m), the fourth-longest mark in the nation.
Virginia Tech’s Ziegler posted a career best in the long jump, climbing the national rankings to the No. 2 spot at the Virginia Challenge. Ziegler’s mark of 25-10.25 (7.88m) is the second furthest jump in Virginia Tech school history and is the current ACC leader. The senior from Dresden, Germany is also the only ACC competitor currently ranked in the nation’s top 10 in the event.
Duke’s Maslowski posted a heptathlon score of 5,706 at the Mt. Sac Relays that set a school record and currently ranks 13th nationally. The Burgettstown, Pennsylvania redshirt junior’s 20-8.5 (6.31m) distance in the long jump ranks 11th in the nation and set another Duke school mark. Her 100-meter hurdles time of 13.38 (28th nationally) set yet another school record, and her time of 23.91 in the 200 meters stands as the third-fastest in Duke history.