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Aug. 9, 2005

Two Incoming Virginia Track & Field AthletesNamed to USA Today All-USA high school track and field team

8 August 2005

Two University of Virginia track and field signees who will be first-years at the University of Virginia, Amy Bilmanis and Yemi Ayeni, were both named to the 2005 USA TODAY All-USA high school track and field teams. These teams were coordinated by Fred Baer and selections were made by Jack Shepard, high school editor of Track and Field News. Criteria included ranking on USA TODAY and Track and Field News national lists, the number of top performances and head-to-head competition during the regular season and in major postseason meets.

Amy Bilmanis (Thomas Stone HS/Hughesville, Md.) won the national title in the discus at the 2004 adidas National Outdoor High School Championship. A three-time Maryland state champion, Bilmanis is the state record holder in the discus with a personal best of 153’6″. Her brother Tim was a thrower for UVa from 2000-2003. “Amy will be a major player from the minute she gets on grounds,” said Bungard. “She was a perfect fit for our team and the University. Her brother, Tim, threw for us, and she knows the ACC and she is a very strong competitor.”

Yemi Ayeni (Kendall Park NJ/ South Brunswick) is ranked second in the country in the discus among high school students as of May 30,2005. He has a personal best of 204′ 8″ in the discus and 59′ 9″ in the shot put. Ayeni placed third in the discus at the 2005 Nike High School National Championships, He also took first in the 2004 NJ Meet of Champions in the discus and was the 2005 Penn Relays champion in the discus. He was also the runner-up in the NJ Meet of Champions in the shot. “Yemi is a versatile thrower,” said Bungard. “He will be able to do a great deal for us. His potential is what intrigued us most. He is a great thrower now, but we have only seen the tip of the iceberg with Yemi. He is going to be very good!”

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