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March 22, 2005

The University of Virginia track and field teams opened up the 2005 season with a bang, setting a number of personal best marks and capturing multiple titles en route to qualifying for NCAA regional action for the end of the season. The women’s team, led by veteran Inge Jorgensen and rookie transfer Billie Jo Grant, won three events and qualified for the NCAA East Regional meet after setting personal best marks and moving up on the all-time Virginia career charts.

Jorgensen, a three-time ACC Champion and All-American, set a new personal best in the javelin, throwing a 178′ 0″ and won the event. Already the #3 performer all-time at Virginia, Jorgensen’s throw is the farthest in the nation this year. Grant, competing in her first season at Virginia, became the #3 all-time performer in the shot put with her 47′ 9″, winning that event as well as the discus throw in her first outdoor meet as a collegian with a 166′ 1″. Grant’s discus throw moves her to #4 all-time at Virginia in that event. Annie Bobiak (141′ 2″) finished second in the javelin and Sarah Convery (129′ 11″) took fifth in the same event. Walker Anderson took 5th in the hammer with a 163′ 04″

Erin Crawford, who already ranks #3 on the Virginia career list in the 400 hurdles, won her event with a 59.60. In the open 400, Ashley Gore set a personal best mark with a 56.06 and took fourth overall.

The women’s distance team ran through the 3000m field as Shannon Hawrylo won the event with a 9:45.77, just ahead of teammate Cheryl Carr, who set a personal best by 17 seconds with a 9:51.70. Janine Ricci finished fourth with a 9:54.21, improving her personal best mark by 15 seconds. Three other Cavaliers, Sara Ensrud (6th), Laura Hodges (7th), and Jen Dolson (9th) also finished in the top-10 for the Cavaliers in the 3K.

Their counterparts on the men’s side also had impressive runs, as Ryan Foster and Matt Gutridge also both ran personal best times in the 1500. Foster took 3rd in 3:53.19, just ahead of Gutridge, who ran 3:53.87 and took fourth in their best-ever times. Walt Kingsbery, who took sixth in the 1500 with a 3:54.70, won the 2000m steeplechase with a 6:02.29. Zach Davis also finished sixth in his event, running a 1:53.16 in the 800m. Kevin McHale was the runner-up in the 3K with an 8:26.71 and was the top collegiate finisher in the event.

The women’s 400m relay team took sixth with a 47.16 while the men finished seventh with a 41.85. Reuben Jones, who ran on the men’s 4×100, set a personal best in the 200m run with a 21.84 and took seventh.

In the field events, Kathryn Pettine tied her best mark at Virginia with an 11′ 5.75″ and took fourth overall in the pole vault, while on the men’s side David Lewis and Greg Blair both hit 14′ 1.25″ and tied for sixth. Rachel Marks took home runner-up honors in the high jump with a leap of 5′ 5″, and Tomika Ferguson also won the silver with a leap of 38′ 11″

Women’s results: 100m: Ferguson, 12.33; Bridgeford, 12.40; Oluwole, 12.45; Roberts, 12.69; 200m: Oluwole, 25.60; Gore, 25.71; 400m: Gore, 56.06; 4th; 800m: Husain, 2:20.27; 1500m: Husain, 4:51.31; 3000m: Hawrylo, 9:45.77, 1st; Carr, 9:51.70, 2nd; Ricci, 9:54.21, 4th; Ensrud, 10:15.09, 6th; Hodges, 10:15.10, 7th; Dolson, 10:18.77; Milot, 10:25.28; 4x100m: 47.16, 6th; 4x400m: 3:47.80, 4th; 100HH: Ashe, 14.94; Holman, 15.02; Bailey, 15.81; Smith, 16.03; 400IH: Crawford, 59.60p, 1st; Ashe, 1:04.21; Bailey, 1:06.38; Holman, 1:07.28; SP: Grant, 47′ 9″, 1st; Disc: Grant, 166′ 1″, 1st; Jav: Jorgensen, 178′ 0″, 1st; Bobiak, 141′ 2″, 2nd; Convery, 129′ 11″, 5th; TJ: Ferguson, 38′ 11″, 2nd; Tershel, 36′ 4″, 7th; HJ: Marks, 5′ 5″, 2nd; PV: Pettine, 11′ 5.75″, 4th.

Men’s results: 100m: Jones, 10.90; Carson, 11.16; 200m: Jones, 21.84; Azeke, 22.36; Carson, 22.67; 800m: Davis, 1:53.16, 6th; Hagos, 1:56.45; 1500m: Foster, 3:53.19, 3rd; Gutridge, 3:53.87, 4th; Kingsbery, 3:54.70, 6th; Dumm, 4:03.62; Davis, 4:04.55; Hagos, 4:07.32; 3000m: McHale, 8:26.71, 2nd; Eggleston, 8:38.62, 6th; Vitto, 8:40.63; Villegas, 8:42.55; 4x100m: 41.85, 7th; 4x400m: 3:24.01; 110HH: Azeke, 14.47; Canaday, 14.87; Codevilla, 15.49; 400IH: Canaday, 55.72; Hiltner, 57.37; 2000m SC: Kingsbery, 6:02.29, 1st; Hammer: Anderson, 163′ 4″, 5th; LJ: Pendleton, 21′ 6.25″ Lewis, 18′ 6.5″ TJ: Pendleton, 45′ 4.5″, 8TH; HJ: Codevilla, 6′ 2.75″ PV: Lewis, 14′ 1.25″, 6th; Blair, 14′ 1.25″, 6th

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