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April 30, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia Tech’s Tomas Kruzliak has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Track and Field Performer of the Week, while Florida State’s Amanda Winslow and NC State’s Tremanisha Taylor earned Co-Performer of the Week honors.
After winning his first Atlantic Coast Conference gold medal in the hammer throw a week earlier by setting the nation’s top mark, Kruzliak took on former Virginia Tech national champions Marcel Lomnicky and Alexander Ziegler at last weekend’s Highlander Invitational. The freshman from Nitra, Slovakia, placed second behind Lomnicky, a 2012 Olympian, while narrowly besting Ziegler. In three competitions this season, Kruzliak has one won and placed second twice, both to Lomnicky. Kruzliak’s top throw of 69.69 meters on Saturday led all collegians and would have ranked fourth nationally if he had not already owned the top mark.
Florida State’s Winslow made her 1500m season debut Sunday night at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on the Stanford campus a memorable one. Winslow raced to a lifetime-best time of 4:10.79 – the third-fastest in Seminole history – to place seventh in the section 1 race comprised predominantly of professional and post-collegiate athletes. Winslow, of Lawrenceville, Ga., currently ranks No. 3 among NCAA Division 1 women at 1500 meters and No. 2 in the NCAA East Preliminary rankings.
Taylor, a redshirt sophomore from Henderson, N.C., won the women’s shot put at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., this past weekend. Taylor recorded a season-best 53’ 11.75” (16.45m) heave in the event to top all other competitors, and pushed herself into the top 20 in the NCAA rankings this season. The mark was also the third-best among ACC throwers this season. Taylor added a ninth-place discus throw at the Penn Relays.