CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Five Cavaliers won their events at the Hurricane Challenge Saturday to lead the Virginia track and field team, while senior All-American Billie-Jo Grant broke the school record in the discus.
Freshman Marcus Robinson led the squad winning the long (6.99m) and triple (14.62m) jumps, while senior All-Americans Yemi Ayeni and Grant won the men’s and women’s discus titles, respectively. Grant threw a personal-best 56.07m and Ayeni threw 59.09m, both regional qualifying marks. Grant also placed third in the shot put, and threw a qualifying mark of 14.96m.
Meghan Briggs rounded out those winning titles, taking first in the javelin with a throw of 45.76m. Ayla Smith and the men’s and women’s 4x100 relay teams each met regional marks, also. Smith ran a 58.85 in the 400m hurdles, while the men’s relay ran a 40.60 and the women finished in 45.68.
At the Raleigh Relays, sophomore Megan Durkee took second in the unseeded 1500m, finishing in a personal-best 4:46.82. The 4x800m women’s relay took third in a season-best 9:13.52.
The Cavaliers will return to the track this weekend, playing host to a dual meet with Missouri on Friday and Saturday.
100m: Talia Wise (5th 11.80), Janne’a Bridgeford (6th 11.84), Galyn Iloka ( 12.06), Kisha Garrick (12.28); 200m: Janne’a Bridgeford (7th 24.00), Talia Wise (24.17), Galyn Iloka (24.63), Kisha Garrick (25.33); 100mH: Lauren Echko (7th 14.09), Ayla Smith (14.22), Kristina Chapman (14.83), Keshia Ashe (14.94); 400mH: Ayla Smith (3th 58.85), Kristina Chapman (1:03.50), Keshia Ashe (1:03.80); 4x100m: Virginia (45.68);
HJ: Assiatu Williams (2nd 1.66m), Katie Trizna (4th - 1.57m); PV: Kathleen Darraugh (NH); LJ: Rashawnda James (6th - 5.81m), Katie Terschel (5.42m); TJ: Rashawnda James (3rd 11.53m), Katie Terschel (4th 11.28m); Disc: Billie-Jo Grant (1st 56.07m), Amy Bilmanis (5th 45.45m); Ham: Alexa Manning (3rd 49.99m); Jav: Meghan Briggs (1st 45.76m); SP: Billie-Jo Grant (3rd 14.96m), Alexa Manning (4th 14.24m).
100m: Reuben Jones (4th 10.67), Conlon Bonner (5th 10.94), Rainer Fiala (6th 11.01), Brandon Carter (7th 11.04); 200m: Reuben Jones (6th 21.37), Rainer Fiala (21.92), Brian Lee (22.05), Marcus Robinson (22.48); Meikle Paschal (3rd 48.13), Brian Lee (4th 49.05), 110mH: Adams Abdulrazaaq (7th 14.71), Greg Nelson (15.75); 4x100m: Virginia (40.60);
HJ: Greg Nelson (6th - 1.95m), Meikle Paschal (NH); PV: David Lewis (2nd 4.65m); LJ: Marcus Robinson: (1st 6.99m); TJ: Marcus Robinson (1st 14.62m); Disc: Yemi Ayeni (1st 59.09m), Eric Pickle (2nd 46.91m).
1500m (unseeded): Megan Durkee (2nd 4:46.82); Erin Klein (4:55.73); 1500m (finals): Huma Husain (6th 4:37.93), Lyndsay Harper (4:43.54), Susan Brooks (4:52.11), Jennifer Hovland (4:58.54); 800m: Sara Casscells (2:15.34); 4x800: Virginia (3rd 9:13.52)
1500m (unseeded): Alex Bowman (4th 3:59.74); Edmund Dixon (4:16.50) 1500m (finals): Andy Biladeau (5th 3:50.46); Michael Hagos (8th 3:53.60); Jordan Orr (3:59.51); 4x400: Virginia (DQ); 4x800: Virginia (DQ).