Cavaliers Return to Blacksburg for Hokie Invitational
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia track and field team will return to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend to compete in the Hokie Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin on Friday at 4 p.m., and conclude with the 4x400m relay at 3:15 p.m., on Saturday. Live results will be available on www.FlashResults.com.
At the Virginia Tech Invitational last weekend, juniors Catherine White and Emil Heineking and freshman Emily Vannoy all came away with victories in their individual events. White won the mile in 4:50.48 – the program’s 10th fastest performance all-time, while Heineking won the 5000m in 14:29.99. Vannoy claimed the shot put title with the program’s fourth-best all-time mark, a distance of 49′ 7.25″.
Five other Cavaliers also had personal best performances that improved their mark on Virginia’s top-10 records, while freshman Whitney Rose leaped 40′ 6.25″ in her first collegiate triple jump competition to enter UVa’s record books at eighth.
In the 60m hurdles, junior Chidi Uche ran 8.70 during the preliminary round to move to fifth all-time, while junior Adams Abdulrazaaq, sitting second, improved his time to 7.95 – just shy of Jarrett Hagwood’s school record of 7.93 from 2002.
In field events, junior Marcus Robinson moved into third in the triple jump, with a leap of 49′ 5.5″ – the best for a Cavalier since Greg Byers’ jump of 52′ 5″ in 1985. Sophomore Erin Wykoff improved her weight throw mark to eighth, throwing 50′ 2″, and classmate Maureen Laffan moved to sixth in the shot put with a mark of 47′ 8.5″.
Following the Hokie Invitational, the Cavaliers will head to NYC for back-to-back meets next weekend. Virginia will compete in the Millrose Mile at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Jan. 29 and in the NYC Mayor’s Cup at the Armory on Saturday, Jan. 30.