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April 27, 2007

Virginia’s Alexa Manning threw a personal-best 14.34m (47′ 0.5″) in the shot put at the Penn Relays, a 15″ improvement from her previous best throw, and qualified for the NCAA regional meet in the process. She earned second place at the meet. Teammate Meghan Briggs also threw a personal-best mark, tossing a 45.84m (150′ 4.5″) and taking fifth.

Manning moved up to the no. 4 position all-time at Virginia in the shot and is just the fourth person in school history to throw 47 feet. Briggs moved to no. 5 all-time in school history and is just the fifth Cavalier to toss 150 feet.

Teammate Erin Crawford took fifth in the 400 hurdles, running a 58.61. Action at the Penn Relays will continue tomorrow (April 27) as ACC Champion Yemi Ayeni leads a strong contingent of Virginia throwers; All-American Tomika Ferguson will jump, and the Cavaliers will compete in a number of relays.

Results: W: 400IH: Crawford, 58.61; Smith, 1:01.97; W: 4×100: 47.18; W: 3K: Dezubay, 10:04.39; SP: Manning, 14.34m, NCAA-R Qual; Disc: Bilmanis, 41.41m

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