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April 9, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Georgia Tech sophomore Brandon Lasater has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Track and Field Performer of the Week, while Florida State’s Colleen Quigley and Clemson’s Keni Harrison earned Women’s Performer of the Week honors.
Georgia Tech’s Lasater, who also was named the National Performer of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), overtook NCAA 800 meters leader Sean Obinwa in the final stretch of the 4x800-meter relay to give the Yellow Jackets the victory at the 69th Pepsi Florida Relays last weekend. Lasater, of Perry, Ga., also posted a personal best and ACC-leading time in the 800-meter run.
Trailing by nearly 10 meters on the final straight after starting his anchor leg with Obinwa at approximately the same time, Lasater kicked into gear and closed the gap in the closing seconds of the race and edging out Obinwa with what was recorded as a time of 1:48.30. Lasater’s closing effort gave Georgia Tech a meet-winning time of 7:22.37, just ahead of Florida’s 7:22.41.
Florida State’s Quigley shattered the Pepsi Florida Relays 3,000-meter steeplechase record by more than 14 seconds, while Clemson’s Harrison placed among the nation’s leaders in three events at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic.
Quigley posted a wire-to-wire victory Friday night. The St. Louis native, who earned All-America honors as a freshman in the event last season, opened her 2013 outdoor season with a victory in 10:06.72. She easily topped the meet record of 10:21.03 set last season by Florida All-American Agata Strausa. Quigley’s time currently ranks No. 3 in the NCAA, No. 2 on the NCAA East Preliminary list and No. 1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference; it is also the fourth-fastest time in the United States this season.
Clemson’s Harrison established a personal best in the 100 hurdles win, clocking a time of 12.87 to top the field of 55 competitors. The Clayton, N.C., sophomore’s 100 hurdles time ranks fourth-best in Clemson history and is second-best in the NCAA so far this season. Harrison was also the top collegiate finisher in the 400 hurdles with a season-best 57.20, a time that is good enough for seventh on the national performance list. She also ran the lead leg for the Tigers’ victorious 4x400 relay team, which ran its second-best time of the season and the No. 12 time in the NCAA so far this season at 3:34.43.