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April 4, 2002

The Virginia Cavaliers will be competing at the Duke Invitational in Durham, NC this weekend. The meet features 85 colleges, 43 clubs and over 2100 athletes. This will be the Cavaliers’ second big meet of the season, and another chance to test their ability.

Dawn Cleary will be leading the women’s distance team. Last week, she earned first and a new school record with her run in the 3000m steeplechase at the Raleigh Relays. Her time of 10:25.49 provisionally qualified for Nationals and she is currently ranked 4th in the nation in the steeplechase. Cleary also leads the ACC in the steeplechase, and is second in the 1500m (4:30.09). Following closely behind Cleary in the steeplechase is teammate Melanie Matthews, who finished second at Raleigh Relays. Her time of 10:34.66 also provisionally qualifies her for Nationals, and she is currently second in the ACC for the steeplechase.

All-American Kiamesha Otey looks to continue her success in the 100m and long jump. At her first meet of the season, she finished second in the 100m. Her time ranks second in the ACC (10.75). Representing the hurdles is Natalie Randolph. Randolph’s time in the 400IH (1:02.87) holds the fourth position in the ACCs. Megan Schwartz leads the middle distance team. Her time of 2:12.49 is fifth in the ACC in the 800m run.

School record holder Eliese Mitchell looks to improve her standing in the hammer. Her throw of 184’10.00″ stands as 20th in the nation, and second in the ACC. This distance also won her the title at the 49ers Invitational, the first meet of the season. Mitchell is coming off an indoor season where she competed at Nationals in the weight throw.

Jarrett Hagwood leads the sprint and hurdle teams. His time of 14.21 in the 110HH and 52.50 in the 400IH both hold the number two position in the ACC. He is also ranked 3rd in the long jump (24’0.50″) and 7th in the 100m (10.72) . His long jump distance was enough to earn third at the 49ers Invitational. Scott Kimball ranks 2nd in the ACC in the 200m with at 21.04.

Middle distance runner Matt Antunes leads the team and is third in the ACC with his time of 1:52.83 in the 800m. This time earned third at the Raleigh Relays. Jeff Binggeli holds the third position in the ACC for the 3000m steeplechase. He ran a 9:23.98, which earned second at the Raleigh Relays.

The throws are led by James Murdock. His javelin throw of 197’06” is second in the ACC, and earned runner-up honors at the 49ers Invitational.

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