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March 5, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State’s James Harris has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Performer of the Week, while Duke’s Cydney Ross earned Women’s Performer of the Week honors after both made strong showings in last weekend’s Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame.
Harris turned in a remarkable performance in clinching a pair of NCAA Indoor Championship qualifying marks for the Seminoles on the final weekend of the regular season. Harris, who won the ACC title in the high jump with a conference championship meet-tying record of 2.23m (7-3.75), was tied for the 12th spot on the NCAA list entering the meet – only the top 16 qualify for nationals – and came away tied for sixth nationally after winning with a season-best and FSU indoor school record of 2.26 (7-5). That secured Harris’ first NCAA Indoor nationals appearance. A few hours later, the Lanett, Ala., junior grabbed the baton for the second leg of FSU’s unranked 4x400 relay team and dropped a 46.2 split that put the Seminoles in the hunt. Florida State went on to win the event in 3:06.55 – the fifth-fastest collegiate time in the country this season, to secure one of 12 NCAA Indoor relay spots. He teamed with Alonzo Russell, Dentarius Locke and anchor Stephen Newbold to deliver the ‘Noles their first NCAA Indoor 4x400 appearance since the 2009 ACC record-holding team of Kevin Williams, Brandon O’Connor and 2012 Olympians Kevin and Jonathan Borlee (3:05.48).
Ross broke the Duke school record in the women's 800 meter by crossing the line in 2:05.27 to give her the victory at Saturday’s event. The mark was also good enough to qualify the St. Louis senior for this weekend’s 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Fayetteville, Ark. The previous night, Ross ran as a member of Duke women's distance medley relay team that broke the school record by over five seconds, combining for a time of 11:01.50. Ross ran the 800m leg in an unofficial time of 2:03.4. The team consisting of Ross, junior Gabby Levac, sophomore Elizabeth Kerpon and freshman Anima Banks finished fourth in the event in a very competitive field and qualified for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.