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Honorees make impressive showings at Penn Relays, Highlander Invitational
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five student-athletes have been recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Performers of the Week following impressive showings at last weekend’s Penn Relays and Highlander Invitational.
Clemson junior Tevin Hester and Georgia Tech senior Brandon Lasater earned ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week accolades, while Clemson graduate student Samantha Elliott was named the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week. Virginia sophomore Filip Mihaljevic was recognized as the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week for the second week in a row, while Virginia Tech sophomore Eva Vivod was named the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week.
Clemson’s Hester delivered a winning 100-meter dash time of 10.14 at the Penn Relays that is a personal best, is tied for seventh nationally and ranks seventh on the school’s all-time list. The Oxford, North Carolina, native also ran a leg on the Tigers’ 4x100 relay team that placed fourth among a field of 72 entries with a time of 40.31.
Georgia Tech’s Lasater struck again with his signature kick in the final stretch to lift the Yellow Jackets to victory in the prestigious Penn Relays 4x800 relay by a mere two one-hundredths of a second. Lasater ran the anchor leg in an impressive 1:47.06 as the Yellow Jackets posted a first-place finish of 7:18.84, just ahead of second-place Georgetown’s 7:18.86. It is the first Penn Relays win for Georgia Tech since 1998 and the fourth in Tech’s 30-year program history.
Clemson’s Elliott placed second among a field of 30 competitors in the Penn Relays women’s 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 13.18 that is the seventh-best in school history and currently ranks tied for 16th nationally. She was one of two Clemson hurdlers (joining Justin Johnson on the men’s side) to post a runner-up Penn Relays finish.
Virginia’s Mihaljevic broke his own school record in the discus with a throw of 63.11 meters (207-0) at the Penn Relays, placing second in a field that included the top three athletes in the nation in the event. The Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina native’s effort ranks second nationally. He also finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 19.24 meters (63-1.5) that stands as sixth-best in the nation this spring.
Competing in her first meet this season, Virginia Tech’s Vivod joined a pair of teammates in the nation’s top-15 in the javelin throw after taking the eighth spot nationally with an impressive throw of 173-8 (52.94 meters) at the Highlander Invitational hosted by Radford University. Vivod’s mark was the best at the meet by almost 33 feet.