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ACC Announces Week Seven Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week

ACC Announces Week Seven Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia Tech freshman Vlad Puchko highlighted the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Outdoor Track and Field Performers of the Week for the sixth week of the season. Puchko was named both the ACC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and the ACC Men’s Outdoor Freshman of the Week. Virginia’s Gary Martin earned ACC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week to round out the trio of selections.

On the women’s side, Dajaz DeFrand of Florida State was named ACC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week. Clemson’s Marie Forbes earned the ACC Outdoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honor, while Louisville’s Iliana Triantafyllou was named the ACC Outdoor Women’s Freshman of the Week.

ACC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week

Gary Martin, So., Virginia, Warminster, Pa.

Martin helped lead the Cavaliers to two strong relay performances at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The Cavaliers finished third in the distance medley relay, turning in a time of 9:36.61, with Martin running the anchoring leg. In the 4×1600-meter relay, Martin and the rest of the Virginia team finished second with a time of 15:52.30 for the second-fastest time in collegiate history. Martin’s one-mile leg came in at 4:00.46 and helped the Cavaliers break the school record in the event by 22 seconds.  

 

ACC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week

Dajaz DeFrand, So., Florida State, Lincoln, Neb.

DeFrand helped the Seminoles 4×100-meter relay team post the 10th-fastest time in Florida State history at the LSU Invitational. The Lincoln, Nebraska, native also competed in the 100-meter dash, posting a time of 10.88 seconds, ranking 15th in NCAA history in all conditions.  Her mark eclipsed the previous Florida State record but will be considered unofficial due to a wind aid of 2.8. The sophomore concluded her weekend with the fourth-fastest 200-meter time in Florida State history, clocking a 22.58 time and a third-place finish.

 

ACC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and Men’s Outdoor Freshman of the Week

Vlad Puchko, Fr., Virginia Tech, Minsk, Belarus

On Friday, Puchko recorded the best series of his career, toppling the previous Virginia Tech record in the discuss throw at the Drake Relays. The freshman from Minsk, Belarus, posted a mark of 61.90 meters (203’ 1”). He logged…

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