Atlantic Coast Conference Announces Cross Country Performers of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four student-athletes who turned in outstanding individual performances highlight this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Performers of the Week for the 2016 cross country season.

Men’s Performer of the Week – Justyn Knight, Jr., Syracuse
Knight won the Panorama Farms Invitational by nearly 16 seconds in a course record time of 23:13.9. The Vaughan, Ontario, junior led three Orange runners in the top-seven places and the team to a second-place finish overall. Knight used a late kick over the final three kilometers to erase an eight-second deficit to Campbell’s Lawrence Kipkoech and defeat him by 16 seconds at the finish. Knight’s time bested former teammate Martin Hehir’s course record by two seconds, which was set at the 2014 ACC Championships.

Men’s Freshman of the Week – Frank Pittman, Georgia Tech
Making his collegiate debut for the Yellow Jackets, Pittman finished 151st in a field of 263 runners this past Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Atlanta native completed the 8k course in 27:13, leading Tech to an 18th-place team finish in a 29-team field that included six ranked teams.

Women’s Performer of the Week – Grace Barnett, Sr., Clemson
In her first competitive race since the 2016 indoor season, Barnett led all ACC runners with a seventh place finish in Friday’s Panorama Farms Invitational in Earlysville, Virginia. The Pawleys Island, South Carolina, senior turned in a 5k time of 17:17, leading the Tigers to a eighth-place team finish.

Women’s Freshman of the Week – Sophia Parvizi-Wayne, Duke
Parvizi-Wayne made a statement in her college debut at the Roy Griak Invitational, crossing the finish in 18th-place, clocking a championship distance 6k time of 22:16.8. The London, England, native helped guide the Blue Devils to a 14th-place finish, ahead of 17th-ranked Iowa State. Parvizi-Wayne served as the competition’s third freshman finisher in a field that included nine nationally ranked programs.