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April 22, 2004

This weekend, the Virginia Cavaliers will be competing in the historic Penn Relays. Held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Penn Relays fields top athletes from colleges and high schools across the country. Events begin on Thursday and continue through Saturday.

Competing for the Cavaliers on Thursday, will be Erin Crawford, Rachel Marks, Meggie Schuelke, Caroline Harvey, and Sarah Convery. Crawford, fresh off of a fifth place ACC finish, will participate in the 400 meter hurdles championships and will look to better her NCAA regional time of 58.56. The dynamic duo of Marks and Schuelke will try to top their best performances of 1.76m. The two have already qualified for NCAA regionals. Last week, Schuelke placed second and Marks placed sixth in the ACC Outdoor Championships. Caroline Harvey, also coming off of a breakout performance at the ACC Outdoor Championships, will try to keep improving as she competes in the long jump. Harvey placed fourth last week with a jump of 6.07 meters, beating her previous season best by about .2 meters and qualifying her for the NCAA regional meet. Sarah Convery will compete in the javelin. Convery is about two meters short of qualifying for the NCAA regional meet and took seventh at last week’s ACC Outdoor Championships.

Many Cavaliers will compete on Friday. Sharon O’Connor, Janine Ricci, Huma Husain, and Shannon Hawrylo will compete in the 4x1500m relay. The 4x200m relays will follow, featuring Kellen Blassingame, Jason Young, Isi Azeke, and Eric Schulman for the men, and Caroline Harvey, Erin Crawford, Ashley Gore, and Tiffany Roberts for the women. Gemayel Hazard, Isi Azeke, Scott Robinson, and Herb Reid will participate in the shuttle hurdles championships. The next event that the Cavaliers will participate in will be the men’s distance medley championships, featuring Alex Tatu, Eric Schulman, Zach Davis, and Grady Sullivan. The men and women will also compete in the sprint medley championships. Greg Blair will have another chance to qualify for the NCAA regional meet in the pole vault. Blair is only .35 meters off of the regional qualifying mark of 5.00m. Tomika Ferguson, who placed seventh in last week’s ACC Outdoor Championships, will try to qualify for the NCAA regionals in the triple jump.

Saturday’s action boasts only a few teams and individuals. There will be a women’s 4x200m relay team featuring Harvey, Crawford, Roberts, and Gore. In the men’s 4x200m relay, Young, Blassingame, Azeke, and Schulman will try to finish strong for the team. There will also be a 4x800m team including Matt Antunes, Zach Davis, Jon Britt, and McGavock Dunbar. David Sullivan will be shooting to break his own outdoor record of 17′ .75″in the pole vault championships.

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