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Jan. 19, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Maryland sophomore Dwight Barbiasz and Clemson junior April Sinkler were named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Performer of the Week, respectively, for the period ending January 17. Barbiasz provisionally qualified for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in the high jump, while Sinkler, the second Tiger female student-athlete to earn performer of the week accolades in as many weeks, provisionally qualified in three events.
Barbiasz helped Maryland open its 2010 campaign at the Terrapin Invitational by winning the men's high jump with a mark of 7-2.50, as the Terps finished second among 19 teams with 83.50 points (Jan. 16). The Milford, N.H., native set a career-best mark in the high jump, a mark that ranks third all-time in Maryland annals. Additionally, Barbiasz' seven-foot, 2.50-inch leap is the top mark to date for the young ACC indoor season.
Despite competing against five ranked teams at the Virginia Tech Invitational (Jan. 15-16), Sinkler won the women's high jump competition and placed second in both the long jump and triple jump. Sinkler won the high jump with a 5-10.00 mark and recorded a 20-8.50 showing in the long jump, both of which are the top marks in the league this season. Her career-best 43-7.25 mark in the triple jump ranks as the second highest in the ACC. All three results provisionally qualified the Stafford, Va. native for the 2010 NCAA championship.
Nine ACC teams return to action this weekend as two schools host events: Florida State, Virginia, and Wake Forest will visit Virginia Tech for the two-day Hokie Invitational on Friday-Saturday, January 23-23, and NC State and North Carolina will compete at the UNC Classic (Jan. 23). The Boston College women's team, Maryland, and Miami will also be in action on Saturday.
The ACC Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week will be announced by 5 p.m. each Tuesday during the week. More ACC Indoor Track and Field information can be found by visiting theACC.com.