RALEIGH, N.C. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams completed the first day of action at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday (May 11) as Ethan Dabbs highlighted the day with a historic accomplishment in the javelin at the Paul Derr Track.
History in the Javelin
- Ethan Dabbs entered a class of his own as he became the first-ever competitor to win four ACC men’s javelin titles. His first throw of the competition was enough to seal the title as he marked 73.09 meters (239’9”).
- The first to win four titles in the javelin, Dabbs becomes just the 12th competitor to win four ACC titles in any men’s event. Among both men and women, Dabbs is only the 20th to accumulate four titles.
- Freshman Tyler Zawatski threw a personal-best of his own reaching a mark of 64.70 meters (212’3”).
- Zawatski’s performance was good for a seventh-place finish to add a pair of points to the Virginia total. The Cavalier men took 12 points from the Javelin
🎙️ Hear from Ethan Dabbs after winning his fourth ACC Javelin title #GoHoos⚔️ pic.twitter.com/GEfHsmtjQp
— Virginia Track & Field and Cross Country (@UVATFCC) May 11, 2023
Women’s Pole Vaulters Shine
- Virginia freshman Sam Romano soared to a mark of 4.28 meters (14’0.5”) to break her own UVA freshman record in the event and place third. The performance banked six points for the Cavalier women and earn her first-team All-ACC honors.
- Romano now owns the UVA freshman record in the indoor and outdoor pole vault while ranking second on both all-time lists.
- Hanne Borstlap turned in an impressive performance for the Cavaliers as well clearing a personal-best mark of 4.18 meters (13’8.5”).
- Borstlap tied for fifth place to earn second-team All-ACC honors and help the Cavalier women take 9.5 points from the event
Dominance in the 1500
Five of Virginia’s six 1500 runners between the men’s and women’s teams advanced to the finals of the 1500 meters on Saturday.
- Esther Seeland and Anna Workman led things off in the first heat as the Cavalier pairing went 2-3 to grab the final two qualifying places. Margot Appleton followed in the final heat on the women’s side with a second-place finish to clinch her place.
- On the men’s side, Gary Martin raced to an impressive finish to win his heat securing automatic qualification to the finals
- Conor Murphy impressed once again in the final heat on the men’s side. After losing his right shoe halfway…
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