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Cavaliers host Virginia Grand Prix Saturday

April 27, 2018

 Virginia at the Virginia Grand Prix
Date & Time Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 11 a.m. 
Location Charlottesville, Va. | Lannigan Field
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams will host their final home meet of the season, the Virginia Grand Prix, on Saturday (April 28) at Lannigan Field. The Cavaliers will recognize 15 student-athletes as part of the program’s Senior Day ceremony at 3 p.m.

Virginia welcomes ACC foes Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest to Lannigan Field. Saturday’s competition will begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s javelin. Running events will start at 2 p.m. with the 10,000-meter run.

Fans can access a link to live results at VirginiaSports.com.

In addition to being senior day for the Cavaliers, the Virginia Grand Prix will be a part of the Wahoowa Weekend. Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be available for fans in attendance starting at 3 p.m. and while supplies last.

UVA enters the weekend after hosting the seventh annual Virginia Challenge last Friday and Saturday. The meet welcomed more than 70 teams and 1,200 student-athletes to the two-day competition.

At the Virginia Challenge, the Cavaliers had three student-athletes post marks inside the top 15 nationally. Redshirt junior Bridget Guy (Greensburg, Pa.) set a Lannigan Field, Virginia Challenge and UVA school record after winning the pole vault. Guy cleared a height of 4.46m (14’7.5”) posting the fourth-best jump in the NCAA and second-best jump in the ACC. The performance earned her ACC Field Performer of the Week honors for the second time this season.

On the men’s side, junior Hilmar Jonsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) recorded the eighth-best hammer throw in the NCAA and the top performance in the conference. Jonsson captured a mark of 71.09m (233’3”) to win the event at the Virginia Challenge. Redshirt junior Oghenakpobo Efekoro (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with the top mark from a collegiate athlete last weekend in the shot put. His performance of 19.14m (62’9.5”) ranks 15th in the NCAA and second in the ACC.

In addition to last weekend’s performances, freshman Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) leads the conference in the 400m dash, capturing a time of 46.34 at Virginia’s home meet against Maryland, Bucknell and Georgetown. Shirley has the 25th-best time in the NCAA and 10th-best time in the East Region in the event.


 

 

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