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FSU’s Cherry, NC State’s George & Chavis, Duke’s Boals and Maslowski honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five student-athletes have been recognized as Atlantic Coast Conferences Performers of the Week as the league gears up for this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Florida State’s Michael Cherry earned ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week honors, while NC State’s Samantha George was named ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week. Men’s Field Performer of the Week accolades went to Duke’s Stephen Boals, while NC State’s Nicole Chavis and Duke’s Teddi Maslowski were named ACC Women’s Co-Field Performers of the Week.
Cherry turned in the most timely of performances, winning the 400-meter dash at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday in a career-best time of 46.31. The effort vaulted Cherry 12 spots on the national descending order list to a No. 10 national ranking, entering the ACC Indoor Championships, which is the final weekend of qualifying for the NCAA Championship meet. Cherry recorded the No. 3 time in Florida State history despite running what amounted to a solo effort at the Loftus Sports Center at Notre Dame. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native won his heat by more than three seconds while turning in the fastest 400 time by a collegian last weekend. The performance also moved him from fifth to second in the ACC this season.
NC State’s George, a junior from Raleigh, North Carolina, ran a closing 1600 split of 4:39 at the UCS Invitational to anchor the Wolfpack distance medley relay team to a school record and the nation’s seventh-fastest time this season. George’s closing efforts complemented those of Megan Rempel, Tiana Patillo and Kenyetta Iyevbele as the unit slashed through the old school record by almost 20 seconds with a converted first-place finish time of 11:04.12.
Duke’s Boals took first place in the shot put at the Virginia Tech Challenge with a throw of 17.53m (57-6.25). The redshirt junior from Loomis, California, posted his second first-place finish of the season and placed in the top three for the fourth time this year.
The Blue Devils’ Maslowski set a pair of women’s school records in the VT Challenge, including a first-place long jump of 6.33m (20-9.25) that ties for the 10th best nationally this season. The Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, redshirt junior added a time of 8.46 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles to break her own school record set earlier this season.
NC State’s Chavis picked up her second ACC Performer of the Week honor after she broke her own school record and finished first at the UCS Invitational with a weight throw of 21.27m (69-9.5). This is the second season in a row that the junior has re-written the school record book. She broke her previous mark by 1.5 inches and holds all of the top-10 marks in the weight throw. With her latest mark, the Lumberton, North Carolina, native jumped from fourth to first in the ACC and 15th to 10th in national standings.
The 2015 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held Thursday through Saturday at Rector Field House on the Virginia Tech campus. Please see the links below for more information.
There is no charge for admission. Saturday’s action will be shown live via ESPN3 and theACC.com, beginning at 12 noon.