Anding and Smith Named to ACC All-Academic Teams
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior Ayla Smith and freshman Kevin Anding have been named to the inaugural All-ACC Academic Indoor Track and Field Teams, the conference office announced Wednesday. Smith was among 43 student-athletes to be named to the first-ever women’s team, while Anding was named to the first 41-member men’s team.
Smith had a standout year for the Cavaliers during the indoor season. Initially tying the school record in the 60m hurdles in her season opener, Smith eventually broke the all-time mark and bettered her time to 8.39 throughout the season, hitting the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the event.
The Winchester, Va., native also hit the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in her first-ever pentathlon competition, collecting 3,778 points at the Penn State National Invitational. She then bettered her score at ACCs, earning 3,879 points and a first-place finish in the 60m hurdles in an ACC Championship meet record breaking time of 8.40, to finish fourth overall. She currently sits third on Virginia’s all-time records with her 3,879 performance.
Anding, a freshman from Houston, Texas, was a member of the Cavaliers’ 4x400m relay team that earned All-ACC honors with a third-place finish at the indoor conference championships. He also ran a personal-best time in the open 400m at the meet, finishing in 48.87 and ranking ninth on Virginia’s all-time program records with his time.