April 17, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Virginia men's and women's track and field teams opened competition at the 2014 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday on the campus of the University of North Carolina. The Cavalier women are tied for 11th place and the men are tied for 12th place after day one of the three-day meet.
Friday's schedule starts at 10:30 a.m. with the field events (women's javelin, shot put, women's pole vault, men's high jump) and the conclusion of the heptathlon and decathlon. ESPN3 coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. and track events (preliminaries for the 100m hurdles, 400m, 100m and 800m, followed by the finals of the 3000m steeplechase) begin at 4:45 p.m.
WOMEN'S DAY ONE RECAP
The Cavaliers are tied for 11th place after three events with three points. Florida State leads after the first day with 24 points.
Virginia scored its three points on day one in the women's 10,000m. Sarah Fakler (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished seventh in 34:15.20 and Jen Flack (Alexandria, Va.) was eighth in 34:38.37. Fakler's time was a UVa freshman record and the 10th fastest time in school history. Flack's time was the third-fastest by a Cavalier first-year.
Three events had preliminary rounds on Thursday. Jordan Lavender (Nashville, Tenn.) posted the third fastest time in school history in the 200m, running 23.57 to win her heat and advance to the final. Joining her in the final is Peyton Chaney (Belleville, Ill.), who tied a PR at 23.91 to claim the eighth and final spot.
Logan Clements (Swarthmore, Pa.) threw a PR of 162-11 in the hammer throw, the eighth best throw in school history. She advanced to the final, where she placed ninth.
"Sarah Fakler and Jennifer Flack ran a great race in the 10,000," said head coach Bryan Fetzer. "They both performed above what was expected of them. Getting two into the final of the 200 was what we expected. The problem is when you don't do what you are supposed to do. We had a couple athletes who were seeded and did not score. To be a championship program, you need to do what you are supposed to do. Logan Clements did great in the hammer. She was seeded 15th, threw a PR and finished ninth. Even though she didn't score, she exceeded expectations. That's what everyone on our team needs to do for us to be successful."
MEN'S DAY ONE RECAP
The Cavaliers are tied for 12th place after three events with one point. Florida State leads after the first day with 28 points.
Ryan Satchell (Central Islip, N.Y.) had a PR in the long jump, finishing eighth with a mark of 23-3.25 to score the Cavaliers' point.
Three events had preliminary rounds on Thursday, with two Cavaliers advancing to finals. Brandon Burton (Newport News, Va.) advanced to the finals of the 400m hurdles, winning his heat in 53.32 to automatically qualify. Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) also qualified for a final, posting a time of 3:47.69 in the men's 1500m to advance.
In the decathlon, Anthony Dunavant (Franklin, Tenn.) is ninth with 3,394 points and Christian Lavorgna (Jefferson, N.J.) is 11th with 3,326 points after the first five events. The second five events will be contested on Friday.
"Ryan Satchell scoring in the long jump was big," said Fetzer. "He wasn't ranked, but stepped up with a great performance. Brandon Burton advancing in the 400 hurdles was good as well. However, we cannot afford to not score in the 10,000. For us to be where we are supposed to be, we need to rise to the occasion. Like I said with the women, you need to do what you are supposed to do. That isn't always easy, but this conference is far too good to not meet expectations."
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