The Virginia men's and women's indoor track and field teams split up for three different meets all across the country the weekend. A few jumpers and sprinters will be headed to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. (Feb. 10-11), many throwers and distance runners will fly cross-country for the FloTrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. (Feb. 10-11), while a large ‘Hoo contingent will head down Route 29 for the Liberty Quad in Lynchburg, Va. (Feb. 10).
Live results from all three matches will be linked via VirginiaSports.com, while live video (subscription required) will be available for the Tyson Invitational and the FloTrack Husky Classic.
"The FloTrack Husky Classic will be a highly competitive meet for our throwers and distance runners and the Tyson Invitational is at one of the premier facilities in the nation," director of track and field/cross country Bryan Fetzer said. "Plus, the Liberty Quad gives our local fans a chance to see a good portion of our team in action. The fact that we're splitting up is not something I like to do, but with the way qualifying standards are set up in the indoor season, it's a necessary evil for us to get to where we want to be."
Two weeks ago, the ‘Hoos competed in the Penn State National Invitational Jan. 27-28 at the Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in University Park, Pa.
Senior Marcus Robinson (Richmond, Va.) was named the ACC Indoor Track and Field Men's Performer of the Week after he broke the school record and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the men's triple jump with a leap of 16.30m (53'5.75"). Robinson broke Keith Witherspoon's record, which was set in 1976, and is currently ranked second in the nation. Witherspoon was Robinson's coach in high school in Richmond (J.R. Tucker).
Fellow senior Vincenzo Chiariello (Staten Island, N.Y.) broke his own school record in the weight throw, earning a fourth-place finish with a mark of 19.38m (63'7").
Junior Dallas Rose (Pearland, Texas) won the women's triple jump with a leap of 12.46m (41'6"), the fifth-best mark in school history.
Senior Maureen Laffan (Toms River, N.J.) earned silver in both the shot put (14.85m, 48'8.75") and the weight throw (18.54m, 60'10").
Next up, the ‘Hoos will travel to Boston for the ACC Championships on Feb. 23-25 at the Reggie Lewis Center