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Clemson’s Goule, Virginia Tech’s Curtin, Louisville’s Williams, Duke’s Clark recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson’s Natoya Goule has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Track Performer of the Week after setting a league record in the 800 meters, and the Clarendon, Jamaica, redshirt senior is joined by three more honorees announced on Tuesday.
Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin is the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week, while Ben Williams of Louisville earned ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week honors and Duke’s Megan Clark was named the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week.
The Tigers’ Goule, competing in the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York, posted an 800-meter time of 2:02.78 to better the previous ACC mark of 2:04.52 set by Duke’s Cydney Ross in 2013. Goule’s time, the fourth-fastest in NCAA history, also broke the previous Clemson school record set by Karen Hartmann in 1992 by nearly two seconds. Goule, who was the only collegiate runner in the invitational section of the 800 meters at the prestigious meet, owns the fastest NCAA time in the women’s 800 so far this season by more than two seconds.
About 30 minutes following the Armory women’s 800, Goule anchored the Clemson women’s 4x4 relay team that held off fellow ACC competitor Duke to win that event with a time of 3:36.29 that ranks eighth nationally. With her showing in the 800, Goule became the third student-athlete this season to set an ACC indoor record, joining Boston College’s Liv Westphal (women’s 5,000 meters) and Miami’s Shakima Wimbley (200 meters).
Virginia Tech’s Curtin continued his dominance in distance events by finishing in first-place in the men's 3000-meter race with an impressive personal best time of 7:50.63 in the Hilton Garden Innvitational at Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Leesburg, Virginia, junior improved upon previous personal best by nearly 20 seconds to rank second nationally in the event and first in the ACC.
Louisville’s Williams stood out in his season opener at the Indiana Relays triple jump with a 16.05m (52-7) mark. Williams' mark vaulted him to the NCAA top 10 as well as the No. 2 spot in the ACC. The junior from Newcastle, United Kingdom, currently ranks seventh in the NCAA for the 2015 Indoor season.
Duke’s Clark placed second among a field of 38 women’s pole vault competitors in the Amory Collegiate Invitational, helping the Blue Devils secure second place among the 71-team field that included five nationally-ranked squads. Clark’s 4.25m vault (13-11.25) ranks eighth nationally. The Fort Benning, Georgia, junior notched her third consecutive top-three finish of the 2015 season.