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Feb. 21, 2003


Chapel Hill, NC – Virginia’s Kiamesha Otey, an All-American from 2002, won the long jump and was the top qualifier in both the 60m and 200m dashes, leading the Cavaliers to second overall after the first day of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Chapel Hill, NC. Otey, who had the top 60m time coming into the meet, won her second consecutive ACC long jump title after winning the event outdoors in 2002. Teammates Eliese Mitchell and Vika Osipenko both smashed school records with their performances today as Mitchell finished second in the shot put with a toss of 15.72m (51′ 7″) and qualified provisionally for the NCAA meet. Osipenko took the bronze in the pole vault, soaring 3.80m (12′ 5.5″). As a team, the Cavaliers are in second place with 37.5 points, just behind Georgia Tech who leads the competition with 39.5 points.

Mitchell broke the old record of 15.65m (51′ 4.25″) set by Kelly Bodiford at the ACC meet in 1991. Mitchell now holds both weight records for Virginia. “Eliese has been consistent all season long, and she believes it can happen on every throw,” said assistant coach Ron Garner. “It’s been a very enjoyable season with her.”

Osipenko, who became the first Cavalier to clear 12 feet in the pole vault, upped her own record by five inches as she cleared 3.80m (12′ 5.5″) on her second attempt. Fellow Virginia pole vaulter Lauren Taggart also hit a personal best, vaulting 3.50m (11′ 5.75″) to take eighth. Caroline Harvey also scored for Virginia with an eighth-place finish in the long jump, going 5.64m (18′ 6″).

The Cavalier distance medley team of Melanie Matthews, Ashley Gore, Shannon Hawrylo and Dawn Cleary took second overall in the evening’s final event. Cleary ran the anchor leg and split 4:51.5, moving the Cavaliers from fourth to second on her leg and holding off Duke by less than two-tenths of a second for runner-up honors. Cleary’s cross country teammates of Ellen Dwyer and Jane Maxwell both scored for Virginia in the 5000m run, with Dwyer running a personal best 16:40.14 and qualifying provisionally for the NCAA meet.

Cavaliers Sharon O’Connor and Jolene Hampson both qualified for the finals of the mile run as O’Connor ran a 4:55.34 and Hampson finished in 4:56.89. O’Connor also qualified for the finals of the 800m run with her time of 2:17.30.

On the men’s side, Scott Robinson and Gemayel Hazard both qualified for the 60m hurdle finals which will be run tomorrow. McGavock Dunbar also qualified for the finals tomorrow, competing in the 800m run and finishing with a time of 1:53.12.

Virginia’s Matt Ruhl ran a personal best in the 5K and finished fifth overall with a 14:33.86, just ahead of teammate Andy Filachek, who was sixth with a 14:35.63.

The men sit in sixth place overall with seven points.

Full results listed below:WOMEN:60m: Otey, 7.49q; Harvey, 7.65; 200m: Otey, 24.34q; 400m: Gore, 59.55; Morgan Cephas, 1:00.81; 800m: O’Connor, 2:17.30q; Mile: O’Connor, 4:55.34q; Hampson, 4:56.89q; Shannon Hawrylo, 5:03.32; 5000m: Dwyer, 16:40.14, 6th, NCAA-Prov; Maxwell, 17:10.37, 8th; 60m Hurdles: Curtrell Frye, 9.08; DMR: 11:40.20, 2nd; HJ: Rachel Marks, 1.57m; Courtney Cox, 1.52m; Frye, 1.52m; PV: Osipenko, 3.80m, 3rd, School Record; Taggart, 3.50m, 8th; Alicia LaRoche, 3.35m; LJ: Otey, 6.09m, 1st, ACC Champ; Harvey, 5.64m, 8th; Ingrid Marable, 5.53m; Frye, 5.39m; SP: Mitchell, 15.72m; 2nd, School Record, NCAA-Prov.

MEN:60m: Scott Kimball, 7.00; 200m: Kimball, 22.45; Isi Azeke, 22.82; Kevin Carson, 23.46; 400m: Kellen Blassingame, 50.46; Carson, 52.29; 800m: Dunbar, 1:53.12q; Zach Davis, 1:54.86; John Britt, 1:56.63; Amr Kouchouk, 2:01.16; 5000m: Ruhl, 14:33.86, 5th; Filachek, 14:35.63, 6th; Tom Ellis, 15:01.88; 60m Hurdles: Robinson, 8.26q; Hazard, 8.28q; Herb Reid, 8.40; Azeke, 8.47; Devin Canaday, 8.57; DMR: 10:20.39; SP: Walker Anderson, 14.20m

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