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Mihaljevic Breaks UVa Discus Record at Virginia Challenge

Payton Hazzard

April 17, 2015

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CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia men's track and field team had Filip Mihaljevic (Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina) break the school record in the discus to highlight the opening day of the Virginia Challenge at Lannigan Field. The meet features over 1,300 athletes from 35 schools.

"It was exciting to see our guys come out and defend our house by competing well at Lannigan Field," said head coach Bryan Fetzer. "For Filip, he threw a lifetime best and school record on the final throw of the night. That personifies what our men have been doing. Each individual in the men's program competed at a high level. It is a great start to the weekend."

The Cavaliers dominated the men's discus competition, with a 1-2 finish by Mihaljevic and Jordan Young (Windsor, Ontario). Mihaljevic set the school record of 201-10 on his final attempt of the evening, while Young's mark of 196-5 on his final throw earned him runner-up honors. The duo rank first and third in school history in the event. For Mihaljevic, it is his second outdoor school record, having set the record in the shot put last year.

Nathan Kiley (Chantilly, Va.) was third in the 800m with a PR of 1:49.48, just missing a place in the Virginia all-time top 10.

Ryan Satchell (Central Islip, N.Y.) finished fourth against an elite field in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 51-3. In the final event of the evening, Payton Hazzard (Huntington, N.Y.) was fifth in the 400m with a time of 46.65. Kyle King (Yorktown, Va.) was sixth in the men's steeplechase, crossing in a time of 8:45.91.

 

 

The Cavaliers had a strong performance in the decathlon, with three athletes in the top 12 after day one. Jack Lint (Westerville, Ohio) is in fifth place with 3,673 points, Cam Collins (Calhoun, Ga.) is in ninth with 3,527 points and Christian Lavorgna (Jefferson, N.J.) is 12th with 3,400 points. The event concludes with five events on Saturday.

"What our athletes need to remember was last year, this weekend was the ACC meet," said Fetzer. "We still have four weeks before this year's conference meet. It is very encouraging to see where we are at this point of the season. We will look forward to another great day, in front of another great crowd, tomorrow night."

The Virginia Challenge concludes Saturday at Lannigan Field. Events begin at 9 a.m. with the featured events in the Main Event beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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