This Saturday the Virginia track and field team will host the UVa Spring Swashbuckle to kick off the outdoor season for the Cavaliers. The meet will be held on Saturday at Lannigan Field, with field events beginning at 10 a.m., and track events at noon. The final event scheduled is the 4x400m relay at 3:10 p.m. Live results can be found on VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers are coming off a strong indoor season in which four Cavaliers earned All-America honors, seven earned All-ACC honors and four broke school records. Virginia’s men’s team also had its best ever outing at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships, claiming its highest finish of third place with a school record 94 points.
At the NCAA Championships this past weekend, Virginia’s distance medley relay team, composed of freshman Sintayehu Taye, sophomore Meikle Paschal, freshman Lance Roller and senior Andrew Jesien, came in sixth to earn their first All-America honors.
At the conference meet, seven Cavaliers were awarded All-ACC honors, led by freshman Ryan Collins’ ACC Championship in the 5000m and third-place finish in the 3000m. Senior Yemi Ayeni earned his second-consecutive All-ACC honor in the shot put, while Taye (mile), sophomore Andrew Lobb (800m), and sophomore Adams Abdulrazaaq (60m hurdles) earned their first all-conference honors. Junior Ayla Smith won the 60m hurdles in the pentathlon in 8.40 shattering the ACC Championship Meet record, and Rector Field House record, for the event.
Eight Cavaliers have also broken school records. Ayeni rewrote his own school record in the shot put at the VT Challenge, throwing 61’ 8.25”. Junior Ayla Smith broke a school record in the 60mH with a time of 8.39 at the ACC Championships. Freshman Matt Meyer bettered the record in the long jump, leaping 24’ 8.25” at the Virginia Tech Invitational, and Morgane Gay set a new record in the 800m, running 2:08.07 at Penn State. The DMR shattered the all-time program record, winning the highly competitive Alex Wilson Invitational in 9:29.86.
The Cavaliers will continue the outdoor season on March 27, when members of the team will head to Palo Alto, Calif. to compete in the Stanford Invitational, while others will participate in the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.