Feb. 5, 2006
Virginia's men's 4x800m team won the title at the Liberty Bash, held on Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Tolsma Center at Liberty University. The Cavalier quartet ran 8:00.54 to take home top honors, leading a strong Virginia contingent over the weekend in Lynchburg. Robert Assibey also took home a gold medal as he won the long jump with a leap of 21' 11.75". He also finished third in the triple jump with his 43' 8". UVa's Meggie Schuelke opened up her 2006 season with a high jump of 5' 7.25", a season-best for the team and a top-three mark in the ACC.
Other Cavaliers also placed at the meet, as Alexa Manning was runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 43' 10". She also finished fifth in the weight throw with her 47' 3". Katie Tershel took home a pair of third place finishes as she had a long jump of 18' 2.25" and a triple jump of 37' .5". Stephen Thompson and Jeff McClurg went 2-4 in the pole vault as both men hit season-best marks; Thompson jumped 14' 11.25" while McClurg vaulted 14' 5.25". Yemi Ayeni was fifth in the shot put with his 47' 2.5" while Markevus Collins finished eighth in the 35# weight, throwing a 39' 8.75".
The men's distance squad fared well also, as Sam Fletcher was fifth in the mile with his 4:20.98. He finished just seconds in front of teammate Matt Gutridge, who was eighth in 4:22.64. Matt Gambale finished fourth in the 5K, running 15:37.04.
WOMEN: 400m: Ashe, 1:03.66; 800m: Eryn Correa, 2:26.18, 3rd; Mile: Shannon Hawrylo, 5:14.92, 4th; Jen Dolson, 5:18.77, 7th; Kelly Swain, 5:21.09; Correa, 5:23.43; 60m Hurdles: Ashe, 9.02, 2nd; Smith, 9.15, 6th; HJ: Schuelke, 1.72m, 3rd; PV: Alicia LaRoche, 3.20m, 6th; LJ: Tershel, 5.54m, 3rd; Amber Reyes, 5.09m; TJ: Tershel, 11.29m, 3rd; SP: Manning, 13.36m, 2nd, Caitlin Kelly, 12.09m; WT: Manning, 14.40m, 5th; Amy Bilmanis, 12.85m; Mallory Deniston, 12.40m; Kelly, 10.62m.
MEN: 60m: Carson, 7.18; 200m: Carson, 23.38; 400m: Stephen Hiltner, 53.67; 800: Gutridge, 2:05.39; Mile: Fletcher, 4:20.98, 5th; Gutridge, 4:22.64, 8th; James Erickson, 4:22.83; Ryan Murphy, 4:24.05; 5K; Gambale, 15:37.04; PV: Thompson, 4.55m, 2nd; McClurg, 4.40m, 4th; LJ: Assibey, 6.70m, 1st; TJ: Assibey,. 13.31m, 3rd