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Miami’s Wimbley, FSU’s Friday, Virginia’s Mihaljevic, VT’s Uhle and UNC’s Rahn recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Miami’s Shakima Wimbley repeated as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Track Performer of the Week after setting a league record in the 400-meter dash, and the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sophomore is joined by four more honorees announced on Tuesday.
Florida State freshman Trentavis Friday is the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week for the second week in row. Virginia redshirt freshman Filip Mihaljevic and Virginia Tech senior Chris Uhle were honored as Co-ACC Men’s Field Performers of the Week, while North Carolina’s Xenia Rahn is the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week.
Virginia Tech’s Uhle joined Miami’s Wimbley and Florida State’s Friday in earning his second ACC Performer of the Week recognition this season.
Wimbley broke the ACC and Miami school record in the women's 400m with a time of 51.82 seconds at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, Kentucky. Wimbley broke the previous ACC mark of 51.96, set by Georgia Tech’s Ashlee Kidd in 2007. Wimbley posted the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season and vaulted to the top spot on Miami’s indoor 400m list, passing former record-holder Krista Simkins (51.95) and four others. Wimbley also combined with Kelsey Balkwill, Taneisha Cordell and Thandi Stewart to post a season-best time of 3:34.88 in the women’s 4x400m relay, the fourth-fastest time in the country this season.
Wimbely became the second student-athlete this season to set an ACC indoor record. Boston College’s Liv Westphal established a new women’s 5,000-meter standard in December with a time of 15:31.62.
Florida State’s Friday – competing in a McCravy Memorial field that featured the nation’s top three teams, six of the top 11, and six of the top 25 – broke out a 6.60 time in the final that trailed only U.S. and World leader Trayvon Bromell (Baylor, 6.54) and Trinidad & Tobago Olympian Rondel Sorrillo’s (6.57). Friday’s time in the final gave him sole possession of the top mark in the ACC this season and a share of the 10th-fastest time in FSU history with Ngoni Makusha. In addition to six of the nation’s top 24 teams, the McCravy Memorial showcased six of the nation’s top 14 runners in the men’s 60 meters.
Competing in a McCravy Memorial shot put field that featured six of the nation’s top seven throwers, Virginia’s Mihaljevic delivered the ACC’s top indoor distance since 2007 with a throw of 19.63 meters (64-5). The throw, which came on the Livno, Bosnia & Herzegovina native’s first attempt in his indoor debut, broke a Virginia record and leaves Mihaljevic as the school record-holder in both the indoor and outdoor shot put.
Uhle continued to soar to new heights in the men's pole vault at the Virginia Tech Invitational. For the third time in as many weeks, Uhle hit a new personal best, surpassing the 18-foot mark with a jump of 18-1.25 (5.52m). Uhle's new personal best ranks first in the ACC, with the closest competitor almost an entire foot behind, and ranks fifth in the nation in the event. The Powell, Ohio, native is the only person in the ACC to hit a height over 18 feet so far this year and is one of seven pole vaulters nationally to achieve the feat.
North Carolina’s Rahn set the school record in the pentathlon with score of 4,151 during last week’s Tobacco Road Cup, obliterating the previous mark of 3,916 set by Ariel Roberts in 2011. The Hamburg, Germany, native’s mark, in addition to ranking fourth nationally, led the UNC women’s team to a first-place team finish. Rahn set a personal record while finishing first in the 60-meter hurdles of the pentathlon and also placed first in the long jump of the event.