CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Wes Porter of the Virginia men’s track and field team was named the ACC Track Performer of the Week for the first time in his career after breaking the four-minute mark in the mile, the league announced Tuesday.
The Cavaliers hosted the Virginia High Performance Meet as their final outing of the season on Wednesday, May 4 where Porter captured the elusive four-minute mile feat while winning the event clocking 3:58.84.
The accomplishment comes as a notable milestone for Porter, whose improvement has been impressive since joining Vin Lananna’s squad in the fall of 2020. The distance runner out of Kansas City, Mo. arrived in Charlottesville with a personal-best mile time of 4:16. After a full season of cross country, as well as indoor and outdoor track and field in 2021, Porter shaved those 16 seconds off his mile time but missed the incredible four-minute mark at the final meet of the season by just .08 seconds.
In the final regular season meet of the 2022 season, Porter’s goal was clear. After running an incredibly well-paced race, the sophomore unloaded in the final 100-meters and crossed the finish line with a shrug of the shoulders as he achieved the admired accomplishment.
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The Cavaliers now turn their attention to the ACC Championships to be held at Duke’s Morris Williams Track and Field Stadium in Durham, N.C. from Thursday (May 12) through Saturday (May 14).