Cavaliers Start Outdoor Season Strong at Virginia Opener

Cavaliers Start Outdoor Season Strong at Virginia Opener

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —  The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field program closed out a strong weekend of competition at the 2024 Virginia Opener at Lannigan Field on Saturday (March 23) as 12 new personal-best marks were set.

Cavaliers Sweep 1500 Meters

  • Maggie Hock led the way in the women’s 1500m race crossing the line in 4:26.22 just ahead of teammates Elizabeth Bader (4:28.49) and Ellie Desmond (4:29.29) in second and third respectively.
  • Katie Dorsey recorded new personal-best 4:31.99 to finish fourth.
  • Jacob Hunter led the charge for the men clocking 3:51.35 to out lean Andrew Jones’ 3:51.44. Shane Cohen rounded out the top-three in 3:54.56.

Sarah Akpan and Evans White IV Each Win Pair of Events

  • Sarah Akpan secured the victory in the women’s 100m clocking 11.41 (+3.6) before winning the 200m in 24.58 (+1.7).
  • Evans White IV recorded as many personal bests as event wins. White IV bested the field in the 400m crossing the line in 47.69 and in the 200m in 21.94.
  • Also in the 200m dash, underclassman Ariel Fletcher and Jayden Lyons rounded out the top-three as the two both finished third respectfully. Fletcher crossed the line in 25.84 while Lyons recorded 22.15.

Virginia Throwers Remain Poised in Competition

  • Abigail Meckes and Siobhan Loughney went 1-2 in the women’s javelin throw. Meckes threw for 37.31m/122-5 while Loughney landed at the 36.88m/121-0 mark.
  • Tyler Zawatski and Thomas Dickinson went 1-2 in the men’s javelin throw. Zawatski launched one out 62.89m/206-4 on his second throw of the competition while Dickinson threw for 54.75m/179-7 on his first throw of the competition.
  • Multi-event athlete and freshman David Frasier threw for a new personal-best mark of 50.10m/164-4 in the men’s javelin.
  • Junior Brooke Lumpkin took the top spot in the women’s shot-put throwing for 14.92m/48-11.50.
  • The 2024 Indoor ACC weight throw silver medalist, Jacob Lemmon won the men’s hammer throw. With all his marks surpassing 60m, Lemmon threw for 63.50m/208-4 on his final throw to win the competition.

Vaulting to New Heights

  • Justin Rogers won the men’s pole vault competition in new personal-best 5.02m/16-5.50. Rogers cleared the bar on his third attempt at the height and remains ranked eighth all-time in program history.
  • Led by Rogers, Tyler Lynch cleared 4.47m/14-8 to finish second. In his outdoor Virginia debut, freshman Sebastian Phillips cleared 4.32m/14-2 to finish third.
  • The 2023 Indoor ACC Bronze Medalist,…

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