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Feb. 22, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia Tech junior Michael Hammond set a school record in the mile run and has been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Performer of the Week presented by Chevrolet. His teammate, freshman Samira Burkhardt, and Duke senior Amy Fryt both registered first-place finishes en route to being selected the league's Women's Co-Performers of the Week presented by Chevrolet.
Hammond, a native of Midlothian, Va., won the mile run at the Virginia Tech Challenge, besting a field of 35. His time of 4:01.53 set a new school record. He registered a conference-leading mark, while also posting what currently ranks as the 24th-fastest time in the country. Hammond also finished fifth in the 800-meter run, reaching a personal-best time of 1:51.34.
Burkhardt claimed top honors in the shot put at the VT Challenge. She recorded a new personal-best mark of 54-9.25 (16.69m). Her throw moved her into second all-time at Virginia Tech, just one quarter of an inch shy of the program record. The Stuttgardt, Germany, native is currently the highest-ranking freshman in the event nationally at 11th and also leads the ACC.
A senior from Goldsboro, N.C., Fryt took first place in the pole vault at the VT Challenge. Her jump of 13-11.25 (4.25m) broke the indoor record set by Olympian Jillian Schwartz in 2001 by six inches. The mark, which met the NCAA provisional standard, currently ranks ninth in the nation and third in the conference.
All 12 league teams are in action this week as the 2011 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships kick off Thursday in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech will host the three-day event at Rector Field House.