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March 29, 2002

This weekend at the Addidas Raleigh Relays will be the Virginia Cavaliers’ first large meet of the season. This meet is held at N.C. State’s track in Raleigh, NC and will feature about 110 teams and over 3000 athletes.

At the Raleigh Relays, Virginia will look to showcase many of their athletes, including the return of Kiamesha Otey (Quinton, VA). Otey came off a 2002 All-American indoor season in the long jump where she was fifth in the nation. In addition to her skills in the long jump, Otey is competitive in the 100m dash. Last outdoor season she qualified for Nationals in the 100m Her season best time of 11.43s led her to first place at the JMU Invitational.

Along with Otey, Eliese Mitchell (Narvon, PA) competed at Indoor Nationals in the weight throw. During indoor season, she broke her own school record in the weight throw with a distance of 20.06m. Mitchell is looking to continue her excellence in the throwing events this outdoor season. In the first meet of the season, she provisionally qualifed for Nationals with a throw of 56.35m. Last year she was ACC runner-up in the hammer and third at ECAC. She currently holds the school record in the hammer.

The distance team looks strong this year, with returning All-ECAC athlete Dawn Cleary (Woodbridge, VA, fourth year) in the steeplechase. Her performance in last year’s steeplechase also provisionally qualified her for NCAAs. She is currently ranked third in the ACC in the 1500m. Meg Schwartz is running strong in the middle distances. Schwartz won the 800m at the 49ers Invite, and her time of 2:12.49 ranks her fourth in the ACC.

Both men’s sprint and distance teams are holding the top spots in the ACC rankings. Jarrett Hagwood (Martinsville, VA, fourth year) is leading the sprint and jump teams. Hagwood leads the ACC and team in the 400IH with a 53.07 and the long jump with 24’00.5″. He is also second in the 100m with a 10.51. Scott Kimball is running strong in the 200m, where ranks second in the ACC (21.04).

The distance squad of Matt Antunes, Steve Gross, Walton Kingsbery and Jeff Binggeli are holding top spots in middle and long distance. Antunes is currently third in the ACC in the 800m with a time of 1:53.09, which earned third at the 49ers Invite. Gross is second in the 1500m with a 3:52.60. Kingsbery leads the ACC in the 5000m run with a time of 14:41.18. His time also earned him third at the 49ers Invite. In the steeplechase, Binggeli holds second in the ACC. Binggeli also was the runner-up in the 49ers Invite.

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