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April 12, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Florida State's Ngoni Makusha registered the current world-leading mark in the long jump and has been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Outdoor Track & Field Performer of the Week. His teammate Kim Williams and Virginia's Stephanie Garcia both posted top national times en route to earning Women's co-Performer of the Week honors, all presented by Chevrolet.
Makusha took top honors among a field of 13 in the long jump Friday at the Texas Relays. The senior from Zimbabwe recorded a leap of 27-6.75, setting both a personal record and the longest all-conditions jump in the entire world this year. Makusha also bested his own conference record set at the 2008 NCAA Championships by four inches.
Williams claimed the top podium spot in the triple jump Saturday at the Texas Relays. The senior from Kingston, Jamaica, set a new Texas Relays record with a wind-legal jump of 46-1.25, then followed that with a wind-aided winning jump of 46-9.00. Her victorious mark bested the conference record set in 2006 by three inches and also currently leads the nation.
A senior from South Riding, Va., Garcia paced a field of eight to win the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Mason Spring Invitational. Her time of 9:56.96 is currently the fastest in the nation and leads both the ACC and East Region by more than 20 seconds. Garcia broke the school record set in 2003 by more than two seconds.
The Seminoles return to action this weekend at the Auburn War Eagle Invite. The Cavaliers travel to Richmond, Va., to compete in the Rams Invitational on Saturday.