Virginia Set to Compete at 45th Annual Colonial Relays
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia track and field team will head to Williamsburg, Va., this weekend to compete in the 45th annual Colonial Relays at William & Mary. Running and jumping events are set to take place at Zable Stadium, while all throwing events will be held at the Stimson Throwing Events Area. Live results can be found on VirginiaSports.com
The Cavaliers have also sent three athletes to Austin, Texas, to compete in the Texas Relays. Junior Marcus Robinson and freshman Dallas Rose will compete in the triple jump on Friday, while senior All-American Meghan Briggs will throw the javelin on Saturday.
This season, the NCAA changed its qualifying standards for the NCAA Championships. Rather than needing to meet a qualification standard to advance to regional competition, there will be an absolute, field-size cut-off per event. The top 48 individuals in each of the two regions (East and West) will compete for 24 positions at NCAAs.
So far this year, 20 Cavalier student-athletes have achieved marks that currently rank in the top-48 of East Region competition.
Briggs leads the Cavaliers with a top-rank in the javelin, throwing 160’ 10” at last weekend’s Raleigh Relays. She is joined in the event by sophomore Tara Karin, who is ranked 26th with a mark of 141’ 3” from Raleigh.
The Cavaliers have a pair of competitors ranked in the top-16 of the steeplechase competition. Junior Andrew Revelle ran 9:19.39 at the Raleigh Relays to rank 16th, while senior Samantha Stafford is ranked 15th with a time of 10:54.59 from last weekend’s meet.
Virginia also has four Cavaliers in the top-48 of the 800m. Redshirt freshman Tasia Potasinski opened up her season at the Mason Invitational running 2:12.21 to rank 33rd, and was followed across the line by junior Lyndsay Harper, who is ranked 29th with a time of 2:12.53. On the men’s side, freshman Zach Vrhovac ranks 34th with a mark of 1:52.32 and senior Alex Bowman sits 48th with a time of 1:52.81, both from Raleigh.
The Cavaliers have a trio of competitors in the 1500m and 5000m, as well. Redshirt freshman Rosemary Barber currently sits 22nd in the 1500m with a time of 4:30.83, while senior Steve Finley is ranked 36th (3:54.25) and junior Andrew Mearns is 40th (3:54.73).
In the 5000m, senior Trey Miller ranks 29th with a time of 14:24.02 from the Raleigh Relays, while senior Lauretta Dezubay’s time of 17:10.00 is 37th and sophomore Anna Corrigan is 41st, running 17:17.47.
Freshman Emily Vannoy and sophomore Erin Wykoff are ranked in the top-32 of the discus. Vannoy sits 18th with a throw of 155’10” from George Mason and Wykoff’s mark of 150’ 2” from Raleigh Relays is 32nd.
Wrapping up top field event performances are freshman Pearl Bickersteth and Rose. Bickersteth has cleared 5’ 7” in the high jump to rank 18th, while Rose is 16th in the triple jump, leaping 40’ 4”.
Sophomore Kevin Anding and junior Chidi Uche wrap up events on the track, with Anding running 47.87 in the 400m to rank 21st. Uche is 39th in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.14.
Following this weekend, the Cavaliers will have one final tune-up to prepare for the ACC Championships set for April 15-17 in Clemson, S.C. Virginia will host the annual Lou Onesty Invitational on April 9-10 at Lannigan Field.