Cavaliers Head to Virginia Tech Challenge
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia track and field team will head back to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend to participate in the Virginia Tech Challenge. The Hokies will host the meet at Rector Field House with events beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and concluding Saturday afternoon with the women’s 4x400m relay. Live results can be found on VirginiaSports.com.
At the Virginia Tech Invitational last weekend, freshman Matt Meyer (Suhlendorf, Germany) led the Cavaliers with a record-breaking performance in the long jump. On his final jump, Meyer leaped 24’ 8.25” to take second at the meet and surpass a record of 24” 7.25” formerly held by Tiki Barber (1994) and Marion Mason (2001). Meyer’s mark is currently the longest among all Atlantic Coast Conference performers this season and is good enough to provisionally qualify him for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Junior Ayla Smith (Winchester, Va.) also had a record-breaking performance, as she improved upon her 60m hurdles time and shattered the school record. Smith ran an 8.47 performance in the preliminaries to break Kim Turko’s record of 8.55 from 2001, before bettering her time in the finals, taking third in 8.45.
Following the weekend competition, the Cavaliers will take a break before heading to State College, Pa., to participate in the Penn State National Invitational on Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31.