Cavalier Men Claim Saturday Night at The Armory III Title
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Six Cavalier men won individual titles at the Saturday Night at The Armory III to lead the men’s squad to a dominating 128-87.5 victory over second place Rutgers. On the women’s side, four Cavaliers claimed individual titles to lead Virginia to a third place finish with a score of 107.33. Conference-foe Maryland won the title with 121.6 points, while Columbia edged the Cavaliers with a score of 110.
In addition, junior Greg Nelson, sophomore Maureen Laffan, sophomore All-American Lance Roller and freshman Robby Andrews each met the NCAA provisional standard in their respective events, while Andrews was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet.
Andrews led the Cavaliers in a dominating 800m run. In leading all competitors across the line, Andrews finished with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:48.02 – which ranks third all-time, while Roller also ran a provisional qualifying time in the event. Finishing in 1:49.48, Roller ranks sixth all-time at Virginia, while senior Steve Finley also competed in the event and finished with the program’s eighth-best mark of 1:50.95.
On the women’ side, junior Lyndsay Harper won her first individual title in the 800m, finishing in a personal-best 2:09.68 to rank fourth all-time at Virginia.
In field events, Laffan continued to improve her provisional qualifying mark in the shot put, throwing a personal-best 51′ 11.25″ to win her second-straight individual title in the event at the Armory this year. She now sits second on the all-time list and trails only Billie-Jo Grant’s throw of 53′ 0″ from 2008.
In the high jump, Nelson cleared a personal-best 7′ 0.25″ to win his first individual meet title and move into second on the program’s all-time records. His mark trails just Herman Moore’s best jump of 7′ 3″ from 1990 and ranks third in the ACC this season.
In other field events, freshman Janelle Clayton won her first-ever individual collegiate meet title, clearing 5′ 8.5″ in the high jump to move into sixth in program history, while sophomore Vincenzo Chiariello claimed his second-straight title at the Armory in the weight throw. Chiariello finished with a mark of 58′ 6.5″.
In the triple jump, both junior Marcus Robinson and freshman Dallas Rose won their second-straight individual titles at the Armory this year. Robinson leaped a personal-best 49′ 11″ in the men’s competition to move into seventh on the all-time list, while Rose tied a personal-best jump of 40′ 6.25″. Meanwhile, sophomore Matt Meyer won the long jump with a leap of 23′ 0.5″.
In the hurdles, sophomore Chidi Uche improved her time on the top-10 records, completing the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.58 to move into third all-time.
Wrapping up events on the track, the men’s distance medley relay team of Finley, senior Alex Bowman, freshman Brett Johnson and junior Robbie Eckardt won their relay in 9:59.88.
The Cavaliers will take next weekend off to prepare for the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships scheduled for Virginia Tech on Feb. 25-27.