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Eight Cavaliers Prepare for NCAA Championships

June 5, 2018

 Virginia at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Date & Time Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 1 p.m. 
Friday, June 8, 2018 | 3:30 p.m. 
Saturday, June 9, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. 
Location Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field 
Event Information  Meet Information | Schedule of Events 
Women's Start List  | Men's Start List 
Additional Information Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Notes
Coverage ESPN3: Stream Schedule
Results  Live Results

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-  The Virginia men's and women's track and field teams will have eight student-athletes, five males and three females, compete at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The men and women will alternate days over the course of the four-day meet beginning on Wednesday (June 6).

The meet will be streamed on ESPN3. Links to the broadcast and to live results are available at

Four Cavaliers will make a return trip to outdoor championships. Redshirt junior Oghenakpobo Efekoro (Brooklyn, N.Y.) leads the team with his third NCAA outdoor appearance in the shot put after qualifying with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA East Prelims. Junior Hilmar Jonsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and sophomore Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) qualified for their second NCAA performance. Jonsson placed fifth in the hammer throw at the NCAA East Prelims to earn a qualifying spot, while Scott finished fourth in the triple jump. Sophomore Andrenette Knight (Morant Bay, Jamaica) ran at last year's championship in the 400m hurdles, competing for San Diego State. At this year's regional meet, she captured the fourth-best time in the 400m hurdles to punch her ticket to the national championship. 

Virginia rounds out the team with four Cavaliers participating in their first NCAA Outdoor Championship. On the women's side, redshirt junior Bridget Guy (Greensburg, Pa.) and junior Kelly McKee (Lenexa, Kan.) qualified in the pole vault and triple jump, respectively. Guy heads into the week holding the nation's fourth-best jump in the pole vault, clearing 4.46m (14'7.5"). McKee advanced in the triple jump, posting the eighth-best mark at the NCAA East Prelims. She ranks 18th nationally in the event.

Despite competing with the distance medley relay at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships, graduate student Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) will make his first NCAA outdoor appearance running in the 1500m. Marsella advanced to the national meet with a fifth-place finish in his heat at the NCAA East Prelims. Freshman Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) set a school record in the 400m dash on his way to qualifying for the outdoor championships.

At last year's national championship, both Jonsson and Efekoro earned first-team All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw and shot put, respectively. Knight's 11th-place finish in the 400m hurdles captured second-team All-America honors, while Scott was named to the honorable mentions team with an 18th-place finish in the triple jump.

UVA Schedule of Events: 

Wednesday- June 6
Men's Hammer Throw - 5 p.m. - Hilmar Jonsson
Men's 1500m semifinals- 7:46 p.m.- Mike Marsella 
Men's 400m semifinals - 9:00 p.m.- Alfred Shirley III 
Men's Shot Put - 9:40 p.m. - Oghenakpobo Efekoro

Thursday - June 7 
Women's Pole Vault - 7:30 p.m. -Bridget Guy 
Women's 400m Hurdles semifinals- 9:00 p.m. - Andrenette Knight 

Friday - June 8 
Men's Triple Jump - 8:40 p.m. - Jordan Scott 
Men's 1500m finals - 8:42 p.m. - Mike Marsella 
Men's 400m finals - 9:32 p.m. - Alfred Shirley III 

Saturday- June 9 
Women's Triple Jump - 6:40 p.m. - Kelly McKee 
Women's 400m Hurdles finals - 7:57 p.m. - Andrenette Knight 




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