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Feb. 23, 2002

Blacksburg, Va. – Virginia’s Eliese Mitchell smashed her own school record in the weight throw today, tossing 20.06m (65′ 9.75″), breaking her own record by over four feet and becoming the first Virginia athlete to pass both the 19-meter and 20-meter barrier. With her throw, Mitchell has automatically quailfied for the NCAA meet which will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas March 9-10. She is only the eighth collegian to pass the 20-meter mark this season. Kiamesha Otey jumped a personal-best in the long jump by 7.5 inches, taking the title at the meet and just missing the automatic qualifying mark for NCAA’s by one centimeter. Her jump is the third-longest in the nation this season as of this afternoon.

Carielle Doe finished second in the 400-meter dash, running a 54.57, just .05 off her best time this season. Sharon O’Connor also medalled for the Cavaliers, taking third in the mile with a time of 4:52.96. Her teammate Meg Schwartz finished ninth in 5:02.48. Dawn Cleary also finished in the top six, running the 3000 meter run in 9:43.77, the fastest time this season for a Cavalier. Her time moves her into the top-10 all-time for 3000-meter performers in school history. Curtrell Frye and Naccole Guinn both hit the 12-meter mark in the triple jump.

Walton Kingsberry’s 3000-meter run was also the fastest this season for a Cavalier, eclipsing his previous best this season by over five seconds. Jarrett Hagwood took sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, going under eight seconds in that even yet again. Teammate Gemayel Hazard just missed that barrier, going 8.09.


60m: Otey, 7.55p, 400m: Doe, 54.57, 2nd, Mile: O’Connor 4:52.96, 3rd, Meg Schwartz, 5:02.48, 3000m: Dawn Cleary, 9:43.77, 6th, TJ: Curtrell Frye, 12.11m, Naccole Guinn, 12.00m, LJ: Otey, 6.39m, 1st, NCAA-Prov, Harvey, 5.85m, WT: Mitchell, 20.06m, 2nd, School Record, NCAA-Auto

MEN:800m: Matt Antunes, 1:55.88, Mile: Steven Gross, 4:11.27, 3000m: Walton Kingsberry, 8:30.47, 60mHH: Hagwood, 7.96p, 6th, Hazard, 8.09,

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