Collins Named ACC Performer of the Week
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia’s redshirt sophomore Ryan Collins was named the ACC Men’s Performer of the Week on Tuesday, as announced by the conference office. It marks Collins’ first career weekly honor and the first for the Cavaliers this season.
Collins earned the league’s weekly honor after automatically qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 5,000m Friday evening at the University of Washington’s Husky Classic. Collins’ time of 13:46.41 shattered UVa’s 21-year-old school record that was previously held by Kris Herdt, who ran 14:02.00 in 1989. In addition, his time was just 14 seconds shy of the all-time ACC record set by Clemson’s Robert deBrouwer at 13:32.00 in 1985.
Collins, the defending ACC Champion in the 5k, leads the league by 30 seconds this season and ranks third nationally. Liberty’s Sam Chelanga’s time of 13:44.16 leads the nation, while Oklahoma State’s Colby Lowe edged Collins at the Husky Classic, finishing with a time of 13:45.01.
The Cavaliers will take this weekend off to finish up preparations for next week’s ACC Championships. The conference meet is scheduled for Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House on Feb. 25-27.