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March 5, 2005

Virginia athletes set two school records this past weekend (March 4-5) as the Cavaliers competed at the Alex Wilson Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. Kellen Blassingame, the school-record holder in the outdoor 400m, added the indoor crown to his collection. He added to the DMR record he helped set on Friday when the Virginia quartet of McGavock Dunbar, Blassingame, Jordan Orr and Alex Tatu set the school record in the distance medley.

The DMR ran a 9:36.21 and finished seventh overall in the meet, just .01 seconds out of fifth place. They broke the record by 6.99 seconds and are currently ranked 11th nationally. Blassingame’s 46.97 broke the school record set by Ben Kurgat in 1989 when Kurgat ran a 47.61. Blassingame’s time earned him a provisional qualifying berth for the NCAA Championships.

The NCAA Championships will take place in Fayetteville, Arkansas on March 11-12. Final berths will be announced on Monday, March 7.

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