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April 10, 2004


The Virginia women’s and men’s track and field teams used nine event titles and a host of NCAA Regional qualifying marks to win both of the team titles at the Lou Onesty/Milton G. Abramson Invitational held today at Lannigan Field at the University of Virginia. David Sullivan won the pole vault in a personal best 16′ 11″ and set the outdoor school record en route to a first place finish and an NCAA qualifying mark, and took the bronze in the high jump with a 6′ 5.5″ just before his run to 17 feet. Teammate Chris Clementson also jumped 6′ 5.5″ and took fourth on jumps. Melanie Matthews also hit an NCAA Regional qualifying time as she won the steeplechase with a 10:56.90, helping Virginia to a 1-2 finish in that event as teammate Shannon Hawrylo took the silver.

First-year Meggie Schuelke also led the Cavaliers in a 1-2 finish as she edged teammate Rachel Marks in the high jump as both women cleared 5′ 7″ but Schuelke had the tiebreaker in total jumps. Erin Crawford (400IH) and Inge Jorgensen (javelin) also won their respective events. Jorgensen’s throw of 171′ 9″ was her first throw of the day and is her season best to this point. Teammate Sarah Convery took fifth in the same event with her 123′ 4″.

Caroline Harvey was the top collegiate finisher in both the 100m and the long jump, taking second overall and third overall in those respective events with a 12.12 and 18′ 11.75″. Harvey’s long jump was a season best for the Cavaliers, as was her 200m time of 24.73, which earned her fourth at today’s meet. Sharon O’Connor was also the top collegian in her event as she took second overall in the 800m with a 2:11.87, a Virginia season-best in 2004 and a new entry into the ACC’s top-five. Pole vaulters Kathryn Pettine and Alicia LaRoche both cleared a Cavalier-best 11 ‘5.75″ in today’s meet while Pettine edged LaRoche in total jumps and took the bronze to LaRoche’s fourth place finish. Both Pettine and LaRoche move into the top-10 in the ACC with their results today. Tomika Ferguson led a 4-5 finish in the triple jump, just out-jumping Marks. Janine Holman ran a season-best 14.96 in the high hurdles and took seventh overall. The women’s 4x400m relay team also took home third in a season-best 3:49.13.

McGavock Dunbar and Alex Tatu helped the Cavalier men sweep the middle distance events today as Dunbar won his fourth 800m title of the year with his NCAA Regional qualifying time of 1:49.72. Dunbar’s 800 is the fastest time in the ACC to date and moves him up to #9 all-time at Virginia. Zach Davis took fourth in a personal-season best 1:51.83 and Matt Antunes also ran a season-best 1:54.06. Both men move into the top-10 in the ACC for 2004. Tatu’s 3:49.26 moves him in to the top-five in the ACC in 2004. Tatu led a 1-5-8 finish as Will Christian ran a 3:51.69 and Ryan Neuhart took eighth in 3:52.48, all personal best marks in 2004. Jason Young took home the bronze with his best time fo the season, running a 47.53, which vaults him into the top-five of the ACC. He was the top collegiate finisher in today’s meet as well. Young, Dunbar, Kellen Blassingame and Herb Reid combined to win the 4x400m relay in a season-best 3:13.30, which moved the men in the top-half of the ACC in the 1600m relay. Andrew Dumm also ran a personal season-best 15:20.98 in the 5K and took sixth.

Reid also took home the silver in the high hurdles with his season-best 14.53, while teammates Gemayel Hazard and Scott Robinson also scored, running a 14.81 and 14.99, respectively. Robinson broke 15 seconds for the first time in 2004 with his run today. Walker Anderson won the opening event of the meet for the Cavaliers, throwing a 168′ 3″ in the hammer. Anderson also took home seventh in the shot put with a season-best 48′ 2″. Devin Canaday jumped a season-best 21′ 9″ and took home eighth, just getting past teammate Isi Azeke, who jumped 21′ 8.25″. Right behind them were teammates Shadion Buckley and Daniel Garrett, who both jumped 21′ 1.5″.

The Cavaliers will compete in the ACC Championships next weekend, April 16-17 at the University of North Carolina. The NCAA East Regional meet will take place at the University of Florida on May 28-29.

The men’s team scored 128 points to win the 21-team competition. The women’s team scored 132 points to win the 17-team meet.

Full results listed below.

Full Virginia results from the Lou Onesty/Milton G. Abramson Invitational, April 10, 2004

WOMEN: 100m: Harvey, 12.12, 2nd; Ferguson, 12.49; 8th; 200m: Harvey, 24.73, 4th; Ashley Gore, 25.42; 400m: Tiffany Roberts, 57.10, 8th; Gore, 57.43; Morgan Cephas, 58.59; 800m: O’Connor, 2:11.87, 2nd; Huma Husain, 2:16.47; 1500m: Janine Ricci, 4:40.55; Kelly Behan, 4:44.07; Cheryl Carr, 4:48.55; Laura Hodges, 4:51.43; Emily Hampson, 4:54.68; 100HH: Holman, 14.96, 7th; Marks, 15.47; 400IH: Crawford, 1:01.89, 1st; Holman, 1:06.66; Steeple: Matthews, 10:56.90, 1st; Hawrylo, 11:21.10, 2nd; LJ: Harvey, 18′ 11.75″, 3rd; TJ: Ferguson, 38′ 5″, 4th; Marks, 37′ 11.25″, 5th; HJ: Schuelke, 5′ 7″, 1st; Marks, 5′ 7″, 2nd; PV: Pettine, 11′ 5.75″, 3rd; LaRoche, 11′ 5.75″, 4th; Lauren Taggart, 10′ 6″ Jav: Jorgensen, 171′ 9″, 1st; Convery, 123′ 4″ 5th; 4x400m: 3:49.13, 3rd

MEN: 100m: Kevin Carson, 11.23; Buckley, 11.26; Blassingame, 11.39; Chase Holt, 11.49; Garrett, 11.52; 200m: Blassingame, 21.88, 7th; Young, 21.98; Carson, 22.45; Buckley, 22.70; Erik Schulman, 23.04; 400m: Young, 47.53, 3rd; Schulman, 49.90; 800m: Dunbar, 1:49.72, 1st; Davis, 1:51.83, 4th; Antunes, 1:54.06; Jon Britt, 1:57.17; Amr Kouchouk, 1:57.20; 1500m: Tatu, 3:49.26, 1st; Christian, 3:51.69, 5th; Neuhart, 3:52.48, 8th; Grady Sullivan, 3:54.19; Matt Gutridge, 3:58.53; Alec Lorenzoni, 4:19.06; 5000m: Andrew Dumm, 15:20.98, 6th; 110HH: Reid, 14.53, 2nd; Hazard, 14.81, 5th; Robinson, 14.99, 8th; Canaday, 15.28; Thomas Codevilla, 16.02; Stephen Hiltner, 16.39; 400IH: Canaday, 57.59; Hiltner, 58.29; LJ: Canaday, 21′ 9″, 8th; Azeke, 21′ 8.25″ Buckley, 21′ 1.5″ Garrett, 21′ 1.5″ SP: Anderson, 48′ 2″, 7th; HJ: Sullivan, 6′ 5.5″, 3rd; Clementson, 6′ 5.5″, 4th; PV: Sullivan, 16′ 11″, 1st; Greg Blair, 15′ 3″, 5th; Rob Smythe, 13′ 9″ Hamm: Anderson, 168′ 3″, 1st; Disc: Anderson, 122′ 9″ 4x400m: 3:13.30, 1st

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