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Cavaliers Welcome Elite Field for Virginia Challenge

Jordan Lavender

Virginia Challenge
 Date & Time  Fri-Sat, May 9-10 (2 p.m./1 p.m.)
 Location  Charlottesville, Va. | Lannigan Field 
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May 7, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia men's and women's track and field teams will conclude their 2014 home schedule with the Virginia Challenge, held Friday and Saturday at Lannigan Field. A strong field of collegiate and professional athletes will be competing in a meet that features Olympians, All-Americans and NCAA Champions.

The meet, in its third year as the showcase event of the season at Lannigan Field, will gain in prominence with its inclusion on the American Track League schedule. The league is in its inaugural season and is designed to establish fan-friendly events throughout the country that spotlight the stars of the sport.

The American Track League portion of the meet will feature 10 events on Friday night, beginning at 8 p.m. Among the Olympians scheduled to compete are women's hurdlers Lolo Jones and Queen Harrison, men's hurdler and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson and Virginia throws coach Martin Maric. Six current Cavaliers will have a chance to compete against elite fields in the ATL events: Jordan Lavender (Nashville, Tenn.) in the women's 200m, Filip Mihaljevic (Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the men's discus, Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) and Anthony Kostelac (Charlottesville, Va.) in the men's 800m, Vanessa Fabrizio (Denver, Colo.) in the women's 800m and Payton Hazzard(Huntington, N.Y.) in the men's 400m.

Friday's schedule starts at 2 p.m. with the start of the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon. Field events will also begin at 2 p.m. and running events will start at 5 p.m. The American Track League events will run from 8-10 p.m. Saturday's schedule starts at 1 p.m. with the conclusion of the decathlon and heptathlon. Field and running events begin at 4 p.m. Admission to the meet is free.

The meet will feature collegiate athletes from top programs in the ACC and around the nation, including BYU, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and the host Cavaliers.




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