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Quigley sets ACC steeplechase record, four others rank among nation’s best
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State senior Colleen Quigley has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Track Performer of the Week after setting a new ACC and school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase,
Quigley is joined on this week’s list of honorees by Florida State freshman Kendal Williams and Syracuse freshman Justyn Knight (Co-ACC Men’s Track Performers of the Week), Clemson senior Torian Ware (ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week) and Louisville sophomore Emmonnie Henderson (ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week).
FSU’s Quigley made her 2015 steeplechase debut a record-setting one Saturday at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational. Running at the front throughout against a stacked field of college and professional runners, the St. Louis native turned in a lifetime-best mark of 9:33.63 – good for second place overall. In the process, Quigley smashed her own ACC and Florida State records, as the race produced not only the nation’s top two collegiate times in the event this season but also the fifth- and sixth-fastest marks in collegiate history. Quigley currently ranks No. 4 in the world.
Williams won the 100-meter dash and led off the Seminoles’ winning 4x100 relay Saturday at the Longhorn Invitational with performances that now rank among the top 7 in the NCAA Division I descending order list. Williams’ lifetime-best time of 10.09 in the 100 ranks No. 6 nationally, but equally significant, it is the fastest wind-legal time this season collegiately. On the way to topping a field of 33, the 2014 World Junior 100-meter dash champion moved to the top of the ACC rankings and claimed the No. 7 spot on FSU’s star-studded top 10 list in the event. The Jacksonville, Florida native and ACC Indoor Freshman of the Year opened the meet by leading off FSU’s season-best 4x100 relay performance (39.46) in a performance that ranks No. 7 collegiately and is also the leading ACC mark this season.
Syracuse’s Knight joined Quigley and Williams in being recognized as an ACC Performer of the Week for the second time during the 2015 outdoor season. The Vaughan, Ontario, native posted a time of 13:34.86 at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Saturday that was third-fastest among collegiate runners in the talented 61-member 5,000 meters field that included All-American teammate Martin Hehir. Knight broke a 25-year-old Syracuse school record and set a new Canadian Junior record with his performance.
Clemson’s Ware, another two-time ACC Performer of the Week during the 2015 outdoor season, took second in the high jump at the Tennessee Challenge with a mark of 7-0.5 (2.15m). The mark is the second-best in the ACC this outdoor season, ranking only behind Ware’s nationally-ranked effort of 7-1.75 (2.18m) in week one. The Crawfordville, Georgia, native currently ranks 14th nationally in the event.
Louisville’s Henderson had a career day, taking wins in both the shot put and the discus with personal bests at the Tennessee Challenge . Henderson threw a personal best of 53-07.75 (16.35m) to win the shot put. In the discus, Henderson threw a personal best of 188-09 (57.54m) for the win. Henderson now ranks third all-time on the Louisville all-time list behind All-Americans Chinwe Okoro and Jere' Summers. Henderson’s throw in the discus ranks fifth nationally this season, and the Edwardsville, Illinois, native’s shot put throw ranks 21st.