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Feb. 21, 2003

The Virginia Cavaliers travel to Chapel Hill, NC this weekend to compete in the ACC Indoor Championships. Senior Kiamesha Otey, an All-American in the long jump in 2002, leads the Cavalier contingent. She has qualified provisionally for the NCAA meet in the 60m dash and long jump and leads the ACC in the long jump and 60m dash with distances and times of 20’4.5 and 7.37 respectively. Otey is also ranked in the ACC top ten for the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.71.

Leading the Virginia women in the shot put and weight throw, Eliese Mitchell returns this year after placing 6th and 5th respectively in last year’s ACC championship. Mitchell has ACC’s second best distance in the weight throw only four inches behind leader Laura Gerraughty of North Carolina. Her distance of 61’6″ is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Her distance of 49’1.5″ has earned her a top ten ranking in the ACC’s.

Virginia’s all around performance this year is indicated by other team member’s solid performances. Ellen Dwyer is ranked in the ACC’s top ten for both the mile and 3000 meter runs. Sharon O’Connor is also ranked in a pair of events, both the 800m and the mile, while Jane Maxwell holds the second place ACC ranking only 9 seconds behind the leader.

On the men’s side, McGavock Dunbar leads the team in the 800m. The men show great depth in the 5000 meter with three members ranking in the ACC’s top ten. Andy Filachek, Matt Ruhl, and Tom Ellis have times of 14:31.62, 14:40.83, and 14:44.20 respectively.

Last year, as a team, the Virginia women finished fifth overall with 63 points and the men finished seventh overall with 32 points.

The ACC Indoor Championships are scheduled to begin Friday, February 21 at 11:00am with the men’s long jump. The final event for Friday is the men’s distance medley relay, which is scheduled for 6:30pm. Saturday’s events will begin with the men’s weight throw at 11:00am and will end with the women’s 4 x 400 at 4:30pm

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