Cavaliers to Open 2008 at Virginia Tech Invitational
The Cavalier track and field teams will open up the 2008 portion of the indoor season with competition at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11-12, in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia will field a full side, sending representatives of most of the event groups to the Invitational as qualifying for the NCAA meet begins.
Three All-ACC indoors performers are back for the Cavaliers as Billie-Jo Grant (shot put), Alex Tatu (800m) and Jordan Orr (800m) return for Virginia. All three are also All-Americans, with Tatu and Orr earning the honor at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2007. These three combine with a host of veterans in a number of events that bring experience to the team as well as an influx of talented newcomers.
David Lewis opened the 2007-2008 season with a sixth-place finish in the heptathlon at Liberty in December; his personal-best mark in the event of 4997 ranks as one of the top performances in school history.
The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with three field events and the prelims of the women’s 55-meter dash.