April 22, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Charlotte's Jake Deaton was named the Atlantic 10 Conference's Men's Performer of the Week while Butler's Katie Clark and VCU's Kiara Porter were named the Women' s Co-Performers of the Week the league office announced on Monday. Xavier Waller of VCU received Men's Rookie of the Week honors and Dannah Hayward of Saint Joseph's was named Women's Rookie of the Week. The awards announced are for meets competed April 15-21.

Deaton, a senior from Mooresville, N.C., was named Men's Performer of the Week after his performance at the Charlotte Invitational. Deaton recorded a first-place finish in the Discus Throw with a mark of 186'3 (56.78m) which currently ranks first in the Atlantic 10 and in the Top 25 nationally.

Clark, a junior from Beverly, U.K., shattered the Butler school record in the 5,000 meters this past weekend at the Mt. Sac Relays. Clark's time of 15:43.51 bested the previous school record by more than 20 seconds and placed Clark fourth among collegiate runners in the 5,000 Individual Elite race at the Mt. Sac Relays. Clark's performance in the 5,000 meters currently ranks sixth in the NCAA this season.

VCU's Porter broke the school record in the 200-meters with a run of 23.28 seconds en route to a second-place finish at the Vanderbilt Invitational. The performance of Yorktown, Va., native, Porter in the 200-meters on Sunday followed a personal-best time in the 400-meters (53.11) on Saturday. Porter's times in both the 200-meters and the 400-meters currently rank first in the Atlantic 10.

Waller, a freshman from Lynchburg, Va., won the Decathlon this past weekend at the New Captain's Classic with a score of 5,349. Waller finished in the top three places ion seven of the 10 events and also won the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash en route to the Decathlon victory.

Hayward, a freshman from Wilkes Barre, Pa., posted a time of 1:01.46 to take third out of 26 runners in the 400-meter Hurdles at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Hayward's time missed a new Saint Joseph's school record by only .05 seconds.