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Four student-athletes rank among the nation’s top two in their events
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The second group of 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week includes four student-athletes that currently rank first or second in the nation in their respective events.
Virginia Tech’s Irena Sediva was named the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week, while Miami’s Carlos Mangum earned ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week recognition. Clemson’s Justin Johnson and NC State’s Graham Crawford were named the ACC Men’s Track Co-Performers of the Week, while NC State’s Samantha George and Florida State’s Kala Funderburk earned ACC Women’s Co-Track Performer of the Week honors.
The Hokies’ Sediva also earned Division I Women’s Athlete of the Week honorable mention from the USTFCCCA after her javelin throw of 188-2 (57.35m) at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays set a new school record, beating out teammate Eva Vivod’s mark set at the Florida Relays last season. Sediva was the highest collegiate finisher at the meet. The Pribram, Czech Republic sophomore’s mark currently leads the nation and was just .03m from breaking the ACC record.
For the second straight week, Miami’s Mangum set a school record in the men’s hammer throw. The Orlando, Florida, sophomore won the men’s hammer at the Florida State Relays last Friday, posting a personal-best mark of 208-4 (63.5m). Mangum’s previous record mark was 61.74m, set a week earlier at the Hurricane Invitational. Mangum’s latest throw ranks 16th nationally and 12th in the East Region.
Clemson’s Johnson ranks among the nation’s top five in two events following his performances at Texas Relays. Johnson 13.69 time in the 110 hurdles was a personal best and ranks third nationally. The Arlington Heights, Illinois, junior also ran the third leg of the Tigers’ 4x100 relay in a personal best time, helping Clemson to a 39.64 mark that ranks fifth in the nation.
NC State’s Crawford ranks second nationally in the men’s 5,000 meters following his run of 13:52.05 in the Raleigh Relays. The Burlington, North Carolina, junior placed second among a field of 114 in his outdoor season debut, just 0.7 of a second behind first-place finisher Willy Fink of Eastern Michigan.
The Wolfpack’s George ranks No. 1 nationally in the women’s 5,000 meters following her run of 15:51.74 in the Raleigh Relays. The Raleigh, North Carolina, sophomore, competing among a field of 115 runners, posted the seventh-fastest time in NC State history.
Florida State’s Funderburk opened up her 2015 outdoor season by winning the 200-meter dash at the FSU Relays, helping the preseason ninth-ranked Seminoles to the team title. Funderburk posted a time of 23.37 to edge reigning ACC Outdoor 200-meter champion Shakima Wimbley of Miami by .04 of a second. Funderburk’s winning time ranks No. 2 nationally. It was the St. Petersburg, Florida, redshirt junior’s first outdoor competition as a Seminole, after she sat out last season following her transfer from Memphis.