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PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior All-American Yemi Ayeni won his fourth-straight IC4A discus title and junior Stephanie Garcia won her second-consecutive ECAC steeplechase title on Friday evening in the opening day of the ECAC/IC4A Championships at William Weaver Track & Field Stadium on the campus of Princeton University.

Ayeni broke his own meet record on his final attempt, throwing 196’ 7” for first, while Garcia led all competitors across the line in the 3000m steeplechase outkicking a conference- foe Duke competitors on the homestretch finishing in 10:08.48 for her second title and the second fastest time in program history

Junior Steve Finley finished runner-up in the men’s section of the steeplechase, running his best time of 8:43.76 the third fastest in program history, while sophomore Andrew Mearns finished in 8:59.14

Also in the discus, freshman Andy Fahringer finished with a throw of 146’ 5”, while junior Samantha Stafford finished in a personal-best time of 10:36.02 in the steeplechase good for sixth on Virginia’s all-time top-10 list.

Junior Graham Tribble finished the 5000m in 14:27.23.

Virginia sits second on both sides of competition following the opening day. The men have gathered 19 points to trail Liberty by three, while the women trail Duke by six points.

The Cavaliers will return to action tomorrow, for day two of the ECAC/IC4A Championships. Events are scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m.

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