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Clemson’s Hester, BC’s Westphal, VT’s Uhle, NC State’s Chavis recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Four student-athletes were recognized on Tuesday as the Atlantic Coast Conference named its first Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week for the 2014-15 season.
Clemson sprinter Tevin Hester earned ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week honors, while Boston College’s Liv Westphal was named the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week after setting an ACC indoor record in the 5,000-meter run.
Virginia Tech pole vaulter Chris Uhle was named the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week, while NC State weight thrower Nicole Chavis was tabbed as the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week.
Clemson’s Hester, a junior from Oxford, North Carolina, tied for the second-fastest 60-meter dash time in the nation thus far, posting 6.64 to place first among a field of 24 sprinters at the Orange and Purple Classic. Hester placed within a tenth of a second of the 2015 world- and nation-leading time of 6.56 posted by Jalen Miller of Ole Miss. Hester also manned the third leg for the Clemson 4x400 men’s relay team, which ran a converted time of 3:12.08 (flat to banked) that ranks sixth nationally.
Competing in a Boston University Season Opener field that featured the nation’s top three-ranked 5K runners (and four of the top six), the Eagles’ Westphal set an ACC and school record with her 15:31.62 finish. The previous ACC record was 15:49.50 set by Duke’s Juliet Bottorff in 2013, and the BC record was 16:02.99, held by Julie Spolidoro since 2003. Westphal, of Limoges, France, posted a time over a minute faster than her previous best (16:32.41 on Feb. 14, 2014 at Iowa State). It also ranks as the eighth-fastest time in NCAA DI collegiate history and is third nationally.
Virginia Tech’s Uhle placed first in the invitational section of the Akron Pole Vault Convention with a distance of 17-7 (5.36 meters). The Powell, Ohio, native’s finish was a personal best, led a field of 14 competitors in his division (four inches ahead of the second-place finisher), and currently ranks fifth nationally.
NC State’s Chavis has dominated all three of her weight throw events thus far, placing first in each and besting the second-place finishers by an average of 4 feet, 4.2 inches. The Lumberton, North Carolina, redshirt junior’s throw of 66-5 ¾ (20.26 meters) in the UNC Greensboro 6-Way ranked sixth nationally, and her average throw of 65-10 thus far is 3 ½ feet greater than her 62-5 average through her first three events of 2013-14.
With some ACC teams having yet to open their seasons, this week’s awards took into consideration all early-season competition thus far in 2014-15. All 15 ACC programs are scheduled to see action this weekend.