Five Cavaliers Win Titles at Weekend Competition
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior All-Americans Meghan Briggs and Steve Delice, junior Andy Fahringer, sophomore Maureen Laffan and freshman All-American Robby Andrews each picked up individual titles on Sunday to lead the Virginia track and field team at their respective competition sites. Briggs and Fahringer won the javelin at the NC A&T Invitational, while Laffan won the shot put and Andrews claimed the 1500m title. Delice captured his second IC4A title in the 400m hurdles at Princeton
Briggs threw 159’ 3” for top honors in the javelin, while sophomore Tara Karin finished runner-up with a personal-best throw of 145’ 11”. On the men’s side, Fahringer threw 216’ 8” to win the title.
At Princeton, Delice ran 51.17 to win his first IC4A title since earning the crown in 2008 for Coppin State.
On the women’s side, junior Chidi Uche finished fourth in the ECAC 100m hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.77 – moving her into third on the all-time program records. The women’s 4x100m relay team also put in a season-best time, as the quartet of junior Kisha Garrick, junior Kristina Chapman, sophomore Meagan Gillespie and freshman Danielle Williams combined to run 45.48.
At North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track, Andrews won the 1500m in 3:41.09 – a time that stands as the program’s all-time third best and fastest since John Hinton set the school record at 3:40.24 in 1983. Senior Alex Bowman finished fifth in the event with a personal-best time of 3:44.65. His time ranks as the sixth-fastest in UVa history.
Sophomore All-American Lance Roller had a personal-best time in the 800m, finishing runner-up in 1:47.85.
In field events at NC A&T, sophomore Maureen Laffan threw a personal-best 50’ 4” to top the competition and move into third on Virginia’s program records chart.
Sophomore Vincenzo Chiariello also had a personal-best performance, throwing 182’ 11” to finish fourth. His mark trails only Bill Johnston’s throw of 190’ 11” from 2001 on the all-time list at Virginia.
Junior Greg Nelson rounded out the Cavaliers with marks that rank in the top-10 at Virginia. Nelson cleared a personal-best 6’10.75” to now sit tied with Bob Lund (1991), Chris Clementson (2002) and Mike Riso (2002) for third on the all-time list.
Virginia will take next weekend off before returning to the Irwin Belk Track for the 2010 NCAA East Regional Championships. Events are scheduled to run May 28-29, with the top finishers advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 9-12.