Cavaliers to Compete at 49'ers Invitational
March 19, 2004
The Cavaliers open up their outdoor schedule with a trip to Charlotte, NC to compete in the 49’ers Invitational, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Competition starts on Friday, March 19 and continues through Saturday, March 20. Defending ACC Champion Annie Bobiak opens up her the javelin season and she is joined by former ACC Champion Inge Jorgensen on the javelin runway. On the men’s side, NCAA Provisional qualifier McGavock Dunbar leads the Cavaliers into the outdoor season.
Rachel Marks, who earned All-ACC honors at the ACC Indoor Championships, looks to build on a strong indoor season in the high jump. She will be pushed by first-year Meggie Shuelke, who has also leaped into Virginia’s top-10 all-time in the event. Melanie Matthews, who led the Cavaliers in the 3K indoors, will compete in that same event outdoors. Tiffany Roberts, who led Virginia in the 200 during the indoor season, will run the 200 and 100 at Charlotte, while Erin Crawford, Virginia’s top quarter-miler indoors, will run the 400 intermediate hurdles this weekend. Tomika Fergasun, the Cavaliers’ top trimple jumper, will compete in that event this weekend and Lauren Taggart, who led Virginia in the pole vault in 2004, will compete along with Kathryn Pettine and Alicia LaRoche.
Kellen Blassingame, who led Virginia in both the 200 and 400 indoors, will run the 100/200 double this weekend. He will be joined in those two events by Shadion Buckley, who had the Cavaliers’ top long jump mark indoors. Buckley will long jump as will as compete in the sprints. Gemayel Hazard, who had the fastest short hurdle time in 2004, will compete in the 110 high hurdles at Charlotte. David Sullivan, who scored in the ACC heptathlon, will run in the short hurdles as well as long jump and pole vault after leading the Cavaliers in the pole vault in the indoor 2004 season. Walker Anderson, who anchored the weight events for the Cavaliers, will also open up the outdoor season in Charlotte.