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May 30, 2001

Eugene, OR – The University of Virginia’s Brian Kollar (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) and John Welch (Upper St. Clair, Pa./Upper St. Clair) both placed in the top eight at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in the javelin, earning them both All-American status and moving the Cavaliers into the top-ten as a team after the first day of competition. Kollar finished sixth with a toss of 68.69m and Welch was right behind him with a 68.33m. This is the second consecutive year that Kollar has earned All-American honors and it is the first such honor for Welch.

Kollar, the two-time defending ACC Champion in the javelin and the runner-up at the 2000 NCAA Track and Field Championships, earns All-American honors for the second time in his career. Welch, who won the ACC title in 1999, was seeded 14th coming into the meet.

This meet marks the first time since 1985 that Virginia has had two men earn All-American honors in the same championships and it is only the third time in school history that two men have earned All-American honors in individual events at the same meet.

The conclusion of the javelin competition also concludes the men’s portion of the NCAA Championships for Virginia. Three women are competing for the Cavaliers–Inge Jorgensen (javelin), Dana Coons (10000-meter run), and Kiamesha Otey (100-meter dash).

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