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Feb. 17, 2007

Virginia All-American Tomika Ferguson became the second jumper in the ACC to leap 13 meters this season as she cleared 13.07m (42′ 10.75″) en route to second-place at the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va. today. Her jump was good enough to qualify her provisionally for the NCAA meet in March. Teammate Katie Tershel jumped 12.00, hitting the 12-meter mark indoors for the first time as she took sixth behind Ferguson. Katie Darraugh and Alexa Manning both moved into the number-four slot all-time in the pole vault and weight throw, respectively, as they hit personal records in their events. Darraugh cleared 3.52m (11′ 6.5″) in the pole vault and Manning threw a huge PR, tossing 16.64m (54′ 7.25″) in the weight, where she finished fourth.

Virginia’s Huma Husain took runner-up honors in the 800m with her 2:12.01; her mark also moved her into the top-10 in the ACC this season and was the best thus-far by a Cavalier in 2007. Husain led a 2-5-6-8 finish for Virginia as Susan Brooks took fifth in 2:13.46 while Sara Casscells ran 2:14.37 (6th) and Ayla Smith ran 2:15.50 (8th). The men’s milers fared very well as Kevin McHale’s 4:07.17 was a season-best for the Cavaliers; right behind him was Andrew Jesien, who ran a 4:07.80 and joins McHale in the top-10 in the ACC. McHale and Jesien led a 3-5-8-9 finish for the milers, as Alex Tatu took eighth with his 4:09.32, just edging Andy Biladeau, who ran 4:10.07.

Kara Scanlin took second in the 3K with her 9:53.62 while the women’s 4x400m relay team was also the meet runner-up, finishing with a 3:44.98. Arthur Gennari became the first `Hoo to leap 2.00m in the high jump in 2007, clearing that height en route to fourth place today.

WOMEN: 200m: Galyn Iloka, 24.94; Talia Wise, 25.19; Tiffany Roberts, 25.82; 800m: Huma Husain, 2:12.01, 2nd; Susan Brooks, 2:13.46, 5th; Sara Casscells, 2:14.37, 6th; Ayla Smith, 2:15.50, 8th; Ariane Sloan, 2:19.54; Jen Hovland, 2:20.62; Mile: Janine Ricci, 4:56.84; Lauretta Dezubay, 5:09.42; Suzanne Ginnow, 5:12.22; Jen Dolson, 5:18.10; Erin Klein, 5:28.80; 3000m: Kara Scanlin, 9:53.62, 2nd; Stephanie Garcia, 1010.28, 6th; 4x400m relay: 3:44.98, 2nd; PV: Katie Darraugh, 3.52m (11′ 6.5″); Kathryn Pettine, 3.37m (11′ .75″); TJ: Tomika Ferguson, 13.07m (42′ 10.75″), 2nd; Katie Tershel, 12.00m (39′ 4.50″), 6th; WT: Alexa Manning, 16.64m (54′ 7.25″); Amy Bilmanis, 15.23m (49′ 11.75″)

MEN: 200m: Reuben Jones, 22.66; Brian Lee, 22.80; 400m: Lee, 50.86; LeAndre Sherill, 51.82; 800m: Jordan Orr, 1:51.50, 2nd; Mike Hagos, 1:56.50; Ryan Murphy, 2:04.76; Mile: Kevin McHale, 4:07.17, 3rd; Andrew Jesien, 4:07.80, 5th; Alex Tatu, 4:09.32, 8th; Andy Biladeau, 4:10.07, 9th; Danny Howick, 4:16.70; Alex Bowman, 4:21.02; Sam Fletcher, 4:21.70; Steve Finley, 4;31.34; 3000m: Ryan Foster, 8:36.42; Trey Miller, 8:38.18; Matt Gambale, 8:40.64 (2nd); James Erickson, 8:48.98 (4th); Graham Tribble, 9:01.04; Alec Lorenzoni, 9:02.58; 5000m: Matt Gutridge, 15:48.86; HJ: Arthur Gennari, 2.00 (6′ 6.75″), 4th; WT: Rob Rankin, 13.43m (44′ .75″), Kyle Galle, 13.06m (42′ 10.25″)

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