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Five student-athletes recognized following standout performances
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five student-athletes were recognized on Tuesday as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its second group of Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week for the 2015 season.
Florida State sprinter Trentavis Friday and Clemson sprinter Tevin Hester were named the ACC Men’s Co-Track Performers of the Week, while Miami sprinter Shakima Wimbley earned Women’s Track Performer of the Week honors.
Virginia Tech’s Manuel Ziegler was recognized as the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week, while NC State’s Alexis Perry was named the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week.
Florida State’s Friday, the reigning World Junior 200-meter outdoor champion, opened his collegiate career Saturday at the Auburn Invitational with a victory in the 200-meter dash. Racing in the first heat of of the meet – which featured six teams ranked among the nation’s Top 25 – Friday ran down NCAA Outdoor All-American and fourth-place finisher Aaron Ernest of LSU to win in 20.86. At the time of his victory, Friday’s time stood as the fastest indoor 200 in the world, though he was subsequently bumped to No. 4 later in the day by three athletes at Texas A&M. The Cherryville, North Carolina, freshman’s time currently ranks fourth nationally and first in the ACC. It is also the seventh-fastest indoor 200 in FSU history. In addition to his 200 win, Friday contributed to FSU’s fourth-place 4x400 relay team, posting a 47.61 split on the second leg. FSU’s relay time ranks second in the ACC and 21st nationally.
Clemson’s Hester, who was recognized as an ACC Performer of the Week for the second week in a row, posted first-place times in two individual events that currently rank among the nation’s top 10. Competing at the Virginia Tech Invitational, the Oxford, North Carolina, junior posted a 60-meter time of 6.62 that currently ranks fourth nationally. Hester’s 200-meter dash time of 21.17 ranks 10th nationally and is the ninth-best 200 indoor time in Clemson history.
Miami’s Wimbley won in the women's 200 meters at the Nittany Lion Challenge with a personal-best time of 23.35 that ranks fourth on Miami’s all-time indoor list and second in the NCAA this season. The gifted Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sophomore also anchored Miami’s 4x400m relay to victory with a time of 3:35.93, which also stands as the second-fastest time in the country this season.
Virginia Tech’s Ziegler, competing in his first meet in a Virginia Tech uniform, hit the second-longest triple jump mark this year in the nation. Ziegler's jump of 53-0 ¾ (16.17m) in the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday leads the ACC and is second all-time in the Virginia Tech record books. The sophomore transfer from Dresden, Germany, had been in Blacksburg less than seven days prior to the meet and had been unable to practice due to getting settled, making his jump even more impressive.
NC State’s Perry’s mark of 20-10 (6.35m) in the long jump at the Virginia Tech Invitational tied for first place in the national rankings alongside Kentucky's Sha'Keela Saunders. It was the Durham, North Carolina, native’s first attempt in the long jump this season. Perry has posted five straight first-place finishes over the past two weekends in both track and field events.