Virginia Announces Early Signing Class for Track and Field
Virginia head coach Randy Bungard has announced that five student-athletes have signed letters of intent to join the Cavalier program in the fall of 2007. Meikle Paschal (Lexington, MA/Lexington) Greg Nelson (Burlington, MA/)Burlington, Andrew Fahringer (Whitehall, PA/Whitehall), Lyndsay Harper (Albuquerque, NM/Albuquerque Academy) and Andrew Lobb (West Chester, PA/West Chester East) have all inked letters of intent.
“We sewed up a versatile and talented group during the early signing,” said Bungard. “We are still recruiting some of the top student-athletes in the country and will add to this group that is capable of contributing to the program from day one. We are ecstatic to have Meikle, Greg, Andrew Lobb, Andrew Fahringer, and Lyndsay as a part of our Class of 2011 and are confident they will represent the University of Virginia as some of the top athletes in the country.”
Paschal is one of the top returning high jumpers in the country, according to Dyestat. The Lexington High School record-holder in the 400 and the high jump, Paschal was a member of the state championship 4x400m relay and finished second in the state in the open 400m. PRs: HJ – 6’10” 300 – 35.91; 400 – 48.85; 600 – 1:21.83 “Meikle is an extremely versatile athlete. He will be able to help us in a number of places,” said Bungard. “He has a rare combination of power and endurance. It is going to be fun watching him find his niche.”
Nelson earned All-American honors in the high jump in 2006. A four-time All-State performer, Nelson is a two-time Div III state champion in the high jump. PRs: HJ – 6′ 9″ Decathlon – 5693; 110H – 15.2; 300H – 40.1 “Greg will add even more depth to our young and talented jumps/multi crew,” said Bungard. “His jumping ability is his strength. He will help us right away and will, eventually, be a big scorer for us”
Fahringer is the second-ranked returning javelin thrower in the nation with a PR of 210’7″ as well as the Pennsylvania state discus champion with a PR of 170′. “Andrew is a big addition in two event areas,” said Bungard. “I view him in the model of former UVa All-American Javelin throwers Brian Kollar and John Welch. Andrew is going to be very good. He will help us a great deal in adding depth in the discus as well.”
Harper is the New Mexico state high school champion at 400m and 800m (2005, 2006). A five-time New Mexico state record holder (400m, 800m). Harper led her team to take third in the 2005 New Mexico 4A State Cross Country Championships. She was also the 2005 Great Southwest Invitational 800m Champion. PRs: 400m: 57.44; 800m: 2:13.35; 1500m: 4:39.55. “Lyndsay has that valuable combination of speed and endurance,” said Bungard. “We think Lyndsay is capable of even greater efforts ranging from 400m to cross country. She is a great addition to our ever improving middle distance group, bringing championship experience and high expectations.”
Lobb , the 2006 Pennsylvania State Champion at 800m, is a member of 2005 Pennsylvania state cross country team champion. He was the 2006 Chest-Monts League Champion at 800m. PRs: 1:51.99.”Andrew will be a big-time guy for us,” said Bungard. “He will help keep our traditionally strong men’s middle distance area dominant in the ACC. We are excited to have him on our team.”