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Cavaliers Compete at California with Tri-Meet in Berkeley

Pearl Bickersteth

April 6, 2013

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Virginia men's and women's track and field teams took on two of the other top public universities in the nation as they competed against California and Michigan at Edwards Stadium in a tri-meet Saturday. Both Cavalier teams finished third at the meet, behind both of their nationally ranked foes.

The Michigan women, ranked No. 9 nationally, won the meet with 153 points, edging No. 11 California, who had 142 points. The Cavaliers totaled 86 points.

The California men, ranked No. 12 nationally, topped No. 15 Michigan and Virginia with 161 points. The Wolverines had 145 points and the Cavaliers had 93 points.

The Virginia women won four events on the afternoon. Vanessa Fabrizio was first in the 800m in a time of 2:08.17, while Jordan Lavender finished first in the 200m in 24.26. Abbey Karin won the javelin with a throw of 148-11 and Pearl Bickersteth took first in the high jump at 5-7.25. Other top performances came from Vicky Fouhy, who ran ninth fastest 1500 meters in school history at 4:19.01 and Barbara Strehler and Kathleen Stevens, who both ran PRs in the 3000m.

The Cavalier men won three events at the meet. Virginia went 1-2-3 in the steeplechase as Kyle King, Taylor Gilland and Colin Mearns took top honors. Payton Hazzard won the men's 400m in 47.32, just .03 seconds off his PR. Matthew Armentrout tied his outdoor PR at 15-9 to win the pole vault.

 

 

The meet was the debut of this tri-meet between Virginia, California and Michigan. The Cavaliers will host the event in 2014.

The Cavaliers will return to action next Saturday as they travel to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Spring Invitational.

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