Feb. 28, 2017
Charlottesville, Va. - The No. 15 Virginia men’s track and field team will send five representatives to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The student-athletes who qualified are redshirt junior Filip Mihaljevic (Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and junior Efekoro Oghenakpobo (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in the shot put, freshman Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) in the triple jump, senior Zach Herriott (Kansas City, Mo.) in the 5,000 meters and senior Jordan Young (Windsor, Ontario) in the weight throw.
The NCAA Championships will take place in College Station, Texas at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium from March 10-11.
Herriott is seeded No. 10 in the 16-man field with a time of 13:45.37. He will be the first Cavalier to compete with his race scheduled for 8:20 p.m. local time on Friday, the first day of competition. This is his first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Mihaljevic is the No. 3 seed in the shot put with a season-best throw of 19.97 meters while Efekoro is seeded 13th at 19.17 meters. They will compete at 7:20 p.m. Friday in the trials with finals scheduled immediately afterwards.
Mihaljevic earned All-American honors last season at the runner-up in the shot put at the NCAAs Indoor Championships. In 2015, he was a second-team All-American after placing 14th. He won the shot put at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
This will be Efekoro’s first NCAA Championship event.
Young is the No. 6 seed in the weight throw with a season-best mark of 22.91 meters. The weight throw gets underway Saturday at 2 p.m. with trials and finals.
In 2015, he earned first-team All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the weight throw at the NCAA Championships. He also competed in the event in 2014 as a freshman at Arizona.
Scott’s top long jump mark of 16.36 meters landed him the No. 6 seed in the event. He is the third-highest seeded freshman competing. The men’s triple jump will take place Saturday at 5 p.m.
Mihaljevic, Scott and Young all won individual titles at last week’s ACC Championships at Notre Dame. Virginia placed second at the event, its best finish in the 58-year history of the championship.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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