Miami's Hill, Duke's Van Buskirk, Virginia Tech's Phillips Earn ACC Indoor Track & Field Honors Presented By Chevrolet
Feb. 8, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Miami junior Devon Hill won his third consecutive 60-meter hurdles event and has been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Performer of the Week presented by Chevrolet. Duke senior Kate Van Buskirk and Virginia Tech senior Kelly Phillips both registered NCAA automatic qualifying marks en route to being selected the league's Women's Co-Performers of the Week presented by Chevrolet.
Hill, the reigning conference champion in the 60-meter hurdles, moved to 3-0 in the event this season with his victory at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet Friday. In the preliminary round, the Trenton, N.J., native was the top finisher with a time of 7.76 seconds, breaking his own school record. A few hours later in the finals, Hill bested his record once again, this time earning a 7.71 clip to take first among the field of eight. His time currently ties for second in the country.
Van Buskirk ran a national-best 4:35.83 to win the mile run at the Armory Collegiate Saturday. She also secured the first NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the event this season. The Brampton, Ontario, native bested the rest of the field by 10 seconds. Van Buskirk also anchored the distance medley relay the day before, helping the Blue Devils set a school record with an 11:06.85 clip.
Phillips took top honors in the pole vault at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet Saturday. Her mark of 14-1.25 (4.30 meters) set a new school record and currently ties her for fifth in the country. The Blacksburg, Va., native became the first Hokie to reach an NCAA automatic qualifying standard. She is also only the second ACC student-athlete to register the automatic mark in the women's pole vault so far this season.
Ten league teams are in action this weekend. Miami travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational Friday and Saturday. Duke and Virginia Tech return to competition Feb. 18-19 at the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va.