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Clemson’s Cheeks, ND’s Bamgbose recognized; Louisville’s Williams, Duke’s Clark repeat
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Four student-athletes ranked among the national leaders in their respective events have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Performers of the Week.
Clemson sprinter Michael Cheeks earned ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week honors, while Notre Dame’s Margaret Bamgbose was named Women’s Track Performer of the Week. Both of the ACC’s top field performers were recognized for the second week in a row, with Louisville’s Ben Williams honored on the men’s side and Duke’s Megan Clark on the women’s.
Louisville’s Williams ranks first nationally in the men’s triple jump following his 16.55-meter (54-3.75) effort at the Doc Hale Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Newcastle, United Kingdom junior’s effort was just shy of the ACC record of 16.57m (54-4.5) held by NC State’s Mike Patton since 1998. Williams, who was named the Doc Hale Elite’s Men’s Athlete of the Meet, established a new triple jump record for the event and broke the previous Louisville record of 16.29m (53-5.5) set by former NCAA champion Andre Black in 2007.
Duke’s Clark, competing in a Doc Hale Elite field that included four ranked teams, posted a season-best effort of 4.37m (14-4) in the women’s pole vault that was a personal best and ranks third in the nation. The Fort Benning, Georgia junior was the top college competitor in the event, placing second behind former Indiana standout Kelsie Ahbe, the 2014 Big Ten Champion and the runner-up at the 2014 NCAA Indoors.
Clemson’s Cheeks ran a 400 time of 46.74 in the Aggie Invitational hosted by Texas A&M. Cheeks’ time was a personal best, the fifth-best in Clemson school history and the fastest time posted by an ACC runner in the event last week. The Buford, Georgia sophomore currently ranks 16th nationally.
The Fighting Irish’s Bamgbose raced for the seventh-best collegiate time in the 400 meters at Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational on Saturday, breaking both the invitational and school records in the event with a 52.45. Later in the afternoon, the Evanston, Illinois junior helped the Irish 4x400-meter relay team to a first-place finish, making up a significant deficit and overtaking Purdue’s Aarin Jones in the anchor lap to give the Irish the 13th-best time in the country. The squad’s 3:37.20 was also a new Meyo Invitational record.