Gay Shatters School Record in 800m
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – First-year Morgane Gay (Bethesda, Md.) highlighted the Virginia track and field teams’ performance at the Penn State National Invitational on Saturday, shattering the all-time program record in the 800m. Finishing fourth in 2:08.07, Gay replaced Km Kelly’s 2:09.27 time from 1985 as the top spot in Virginia history, and met the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the event.
Third-year Steve Finley (Palatine, Ill.) also had a solid performance, running a personal-best time of 2:27.99 to win the 1000m, while sophomore Greg Nelson (Burlington, Mass.) finished fifth in the high jump, clearing a season-best height of 6’ 9”.
In the relays, Virginia’s 4x400m relay team of freshman Meagan Gillespie (Brooklyn, N.Y.), sophomore Kristina Chapman (Hampton, Va.), freshman Jennifer Weatherly (Sterling, Va.) and senior Talia Wise (Newport News, Va.) ran its fastest time of the season in 3:46.99 to finish fifth, while the men’s 4x800m team of sophomore Andrew Lobb (West Chester, Pa.), freshman Sintayehu Taye (Portland, Maine), Finley and senior Kevin Tschirhart (Northport, N.Y.) took third the invitational section of the event in 7:35.93.
The Cavaliers will return to action Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Armory Duals in New York, N.Y.