Virginia Wins Seven Events at The Armory
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – The Virginia track and field team won seven events at the Saturday Night at The Armory II meet this evening, while junior Catherine White hit the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 3000m. White’s time of 9:24.43 is the program’s second-best 3k mark of all-time – as she trails just Claire Forbes, who ran 9:18.80 in 1992.
In the men’s 3k, sophomore Ryan Collins won his first individual title of the season, leading all runners across the line in 8:08.71 – shaving two seconds off his previously fifth-best time in program history.
In field events, four Cavaliers won their respective events, led by sophomore Maureen Laffan who improved her NCAA provisional mark in the shot put to 50’ 0”. Her mark ranks fourth in school history.
Sophomore Vincenzo Chiariello won the weight throw with a throw of 60’ 3”, while the Cavaliers swept the top spot in both triple jump events. Junior Marcus Robinson – ranking eighth in UVa’s record books – won his first individual title in the event. Robinson leaped a personal-best 49’ 9.5”, while freshman Whitney Rose won the women’s competition with a mark of 39’ 6”.
Freshmen Pearl Bickersteth and Janelle Clayton both cleared 5’ 7” in the high jump to tie the 10th-best mark in the program’s history.
In the relays, the Cavaliers won both the men’s and women’s distance medley relays. The women’s squad of White, sophomore Meagan Gillespie, junior Lyndsay Harper and sophomore Tasia Potasinski crossed the line first in 11:51.01. The men’s team, consisting of freshman Brett Johnson, junior Adams Abdulrazaaq, sophomore Lance Roller and senior Alex Bowman, wrapped up events on the track by winning the relay in 9:56.52.
Virginia will take next weekend off before returning to New York City for another meet at The Armory on Saturday, Feb. 13.