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Lavender Sets School Record on Final Day of ACC Indoor Championships

Christine Bohan

Feb. 28, 2015

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia women's track and field concluded competition Saturday at the 2015 ACC Indoor Championships at Rector Field House. Jordan Lavender (Nashville, Tenn.) broke her own school record in the 200m to highlight the final day of the meet for the Cavaliers.

Virginia finished the meet in ninth place with 35.5 points. Clemson won the championship with 102 points.

Lavender finished third with her school-record 23.80 in the women's 200m, breaking her own record of 23.84 from earlier this year. She also finished fourth in the women's 400m with a season-best time of 52.95.

"Jordan is an unbelievable young lady," said head coach Bryan Fetzer. "I wish she could have been in the second heat of the 400m because I think the result would have been different. It is one of the unfortunate rules of our sport. For her to break the record in the 200m in her final indoor individual event was very fitting."

Peyton Chaney (Belleville, Ill.) also competed in a pair of individual finals on Saturday. She was eighth in the 60m in a PR of 7.51, the sixth-best time in school history. She was also eighth in the 200m with a time of 23.80.

"Peyton has been so consistent for us," said Fetzer. "To run as well as she did in the 200m from lane three was impressive. For her to score in two events for us was great."

Christine Bohan opened the final day for Virginia with a second place finish in the shot put with a mark of 50-9.5 on her first attempt of the morning.

"Christine has a huge performance," said Fetzer. "She has been progressing with every meet. For someone who did pole vault and jumped and threw in high school to develop into one of the best throwers in the conference shows the hard work she has put in. It took a girl who will be a future Olympian for Jamaica to beat her today."

 

 

The Cavaliers had two athletes reach the final of the women's triple jump. Mia Barron (Minnetonka, Minn.) finished seventh with a mark 40-5.5, the second-best freshman time in school history and ninth-best indoor mark overall. Jessica Caldwell (Owings Mills, Md.) had a season-best 39-2.5 to finish 10th.

"To have two in the finals of the triple jump was great, especially when neither were projected to be there," said Fetzer. "We need more folks who are able to do that."

Iona Lake (Norwich, England) finished seventh in the women's 3000m, crossing in a time of 9:22.75, moving her into third all-time at Virginia.

"Iona ran a gutsy last 400m of the race," said Fetzer. "The points she was able to get with that late kick was the difference in a place in the standings for the team. It was a good way for her to end the indoors season and helps get her ready for the steeplechase outdoors."

The ACC Championship also marked the indoor track and field matchup between Virginia and Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Clash, sponsored by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of University of Virginia Athletics. With the Hokies finishing ahead of the Cavaliers in both the men's and women's meets, Virginia Tech gained two points in the competition. Virginia now leads the 2014-15 Commonwealth Clash, 7.5 to 4.5. Learn more about Virginia529 and this new competition at thecommonwealthclash.com.

The team opens the outdoor season when it hosts the Virginia Cup on March 21 at Lannigan Field.

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