Seeland, Murphy Win Silver on Final Day of ACC Indoor Championships

Seeland, Murphy Win Silver on Final Day of ACC Indoor Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams closed competition at the ACC Indoor Championships on Saturday (Feb. 25) where Conor Murphy and Esther Seeland each won silver in the 800 meters. The Virginia men finished sixth overall while the women placed ninth.

In the 800 meters, Esther Seeland led things off in the women’s race as she continued her historic season for the Cavaliers. In an extremely talented field that included last season’s NCAA champion, Lindsey Butler, Seeland made a late push to finish second posting a school record time of 2:03.43. The performance marked the third time Seeland broke the UVA record this season.

On the men’s side, Conor Murphy ran an excellent race of his own, posting a personal best of 1:47.33 to win silver. “I knew the race was going to go really fast,” said Murphy. “I was in fourth place after that first lap which isn’t where I wanted to be, but the rest was just staying in position and waiting for the last lap. I made two big moves on the last lap and I think I did pretty well with that.” he said.

The Cavalier men racked up a total of 13 points in the men’s mile as a squad of Wes Porter, James Donahue, Jack Eliason, Nate Mountain and Gary Martin made up half of the field of 10 runners. Mountain took hold of an early lead running well ahead of the pack in the early stages of the race. However, at the finish it was Porter leading the Cavaliers as he took third posting 3:59.59 to win Bronze. Following Porter in fourth place was Donahue who posted 4:00.11 to earn second-team All-ACC honors. Eliason placed seventh clocking 4:02.40 to add on two more points for the Cavaliers.

Virginia freshman, Justin Rogers, made Virginia history in the pole vault. Rogers posted a personal-best mark of 5.18 meters (17’0”) becoming the first-ever Cavalier freshman to clear 17 feet. The performance saw Rogers tie for third place in the event and earn first team All-ACC honors. His mark ranks fourth all-time at Virginia.

In the men’s triple jump, Owayne Owens cleared a distance of 16.28 meters (53’5”) which earned the graduate student first team All-ACC honors in a third-place finish. The performance marks the fourth-consecutive indoor season in which Owens has made first team All-ACC.

In the women’s 3000 meters, Margot Appleton raced to a fourth-place finish in the 3000-meters as she bested her own Virginia record posting 9:04.17. The performance earns Appleton…

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