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Feb. 15, 2002

Chapel Hill, NC – Virginia’s Kiamesha Otey took second in the long jump competition today and qualified for both finals in the short sprints as the Cavaliers opened up at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Chapel Hill, NC. Otey’s long jump of 6.20m tied her season best and earned her second consecutive All-Confernence honor. Otey is seeded fourth in the 60meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash for tomorrow’s finals. Carielle Doe, the ACC leader in the 400 meter dash, still holds the conference’s top time but she is ranked second after the preliminaries held today. Doe missed qualifying in the 200-meter dash by .003 seconds. “We did as well as we expected to do,” said head coach Randy Bungard. “We have quite a number of people in the finals, and that’s obviously where we start.”

Jarrett Hagwood took the bronze medal in the long jump today with a leap of 7.23m, the season’s best for Virginia. He was one centimeter shy of second place. Hagwood also qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with the fourth-fastest time of the day.

The distance crews performed solidly for the Cavaliers, with two men and two women placing in the finals of the mile. “I’m very happy with our performances today,” said coach Jason Dunn. “It was great getting two finalists in both miles, and our 800-meter women both set personal bests.” Sharon O’Connor and Jolene Hampson both qualified on the women’s side while Walton Kingsbery and Steve Gross advanced on the men’s side. Both Kingsbery and Gross came in under the season best times for the Cavaliers in the mile, as did O’Connor. Leslie Schultz and Erin O’Doherty both ran under 2:15 in the prelims, the first time Virginia women have dipped below that mark this season. These two, along with Dawn Cleary and Megan Schwartz, combined to take the silver in the women’s distance medley with a time of 11:52.20.

Caroline Harvey joined Otey in scoring for the Cavaliers in the long jump, leaping 5.78m to take 6th. Eliese Mitchell also scored today, taking fifth in the weight throw against a field of women who all hit personal bests. “Eliese has a lot of momentum going into the shot tomorrow,” said coach Jason Twedt.

Kim Turko joined Hagwood in the finals of the 60m hurdles, representing the women. Turko’s time of 8.70 was the fastest this season for the Cavaliers.

Through the first day the women are sixth with 23 points, three points out of fourth place. N. C. State leads with 48.5 points. The men are seventh with nine points. “How we match up head to head will be a key in how we finish,” added Bungard.

WOMEN: 60m: Otey 7.56q, Harvey, 7.74, Ingrid Marable, 8.01, 200m: Otey, 24.60q, Doe, 24.83, Harvey, 26.06, 400m: Doe, 55.56q, 800m: Schultz, 2:14.28, O’Doherty, 2:14.68, Amy Eastwood, 2:19.90, Mile: O’Connor, 4:52.33q, Hampson, 4:55.01q, Schwartz, 4:59.43, Lauren Chaikin, 5:09.71, 5000m: Ellen Dwyer, 17:14.44, Jane Maxwell, 17:25.11, Meghan McGarvey, 17:29.45, Ashley Seaton, 18:17.92, 60mHurdles: Turko 8.70q, Naccole Guinn, 8.81, Curtrell Frye, 9.00, Calandra Miller, 9.80, HJ: Frye, 1.59m, Jessica Randolph, 1.59m, Miller, 1.54m, PV: Annica White, 3.45m, LJ: Otey, 6.20m, 2nd, Harvey, 5.78m, 6th, Guinn, 5.58m, Frye, 5.50m, Marable, 5.50m, WT: Mitchell, 18.47m, 5th, Chong, 15.13m, DMR: 11:52.20

MEN: 60m: Clark, 6.85q, Scott Kimball, 7.00, Hagwood, 7.00, Xavier Richardson, 7.12, Orren Prunty, 7.13, 200m: Clark, 22.08q, Kimball, 22.25, Richardson, 23.07, Prunty, 23.12, 400m: Jason Young, 50.44, Eric Schulman, 50.79, Herb Reid, 52.17, 800m: Antunes, 1:53.79q, Zach Davis, 1:58.44, Mile: Kingsbery, 4:11.72q, Gross, 4:14.57q, 5000m: Thomas Ellis, 15:00.49, Justin Wood, 15:10.41, Jeff Binggeli, 15:17.56, Andrew Filachek, 15:21.43, 60m Hurdles: Hagwood, 7.95q, Gemayel Hazard, 8.29, Scott Robinson, 8.46, Reid, 8.49, Trumaine Pendleton, 8.58, DMR: 10:17.28, 6th, LJ: Hagwood, 7.23m, 3rd, Pendleton, 6.48, SP: Vincent, 13.68m

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