Aug. 17, 2010
2:38 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Newcomers to the UVa men’s track and field program include two transfers: Chris Letson, from UNC Wilmington, and Patrick Todd, from the University of Texas.

Each has two years of college eligibility left.

Letson, a graduate of Lake Braddock High School in Northern Virginia, is a long sprinter.

Todd, who’s from Dallas, comes to UVa with impressive credentials. In each of his two years at Texas, he was the Big 12 champion in the indoor 1,000-meter run.

“Patrick is just a really competitive young man,” said Jason Vigilante, UVa’s director of track and field and cross country, who previously coached at Texas.

“He struggled a little bit with injuries at Texas. I think in his set of goals he wants to be an NCAA champion, and one of the things that he communicated to me is that he just needed a fresh start. He loved the folks at Texas. He loves the experience of being there, it’s where all his close friends are, his family’s from Texas.

“It was his dream to go to UT, but in the end, it wasn’t a personal decision. He just felt like he needed a fresh start by coming to Virginia.”

In June, the UVa men finished 23rd at the NCAA outdoor championships, their best performance ever.

A list of the men’s program’s recruits for 2010-11 can be found here on

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