Cavaliers Send 4x800m Relay Team to 104th Millrose Games
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia track and field team will feature a 4x800m relay on Friday night at the 104th Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden. The Byron Dyce Men’s College 4x800m relay is scheduled for 8:44 p.m., and can be seen on ESPN2, as the Millrose Games will be televised live from 8-10 p.m. Results can also be found on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia’s relay will consist of sophomores Brett Johnson, TJ Hobart and Zach Vrhovac, in addition to freshman Anthony Kostelac.
Johnson, Vrhovac and Kostelac will all be making return trips to Madison Square Garden, while this will be Hobart’s first appearance. Johnson was the runner-up to current Cavalier NCAA Champion Robby Andrews in the high school mile in 2009, while Kostelac and Vrhovac were members of Albemarle High School’s 4x800m relay team that won the title in 2009.
At last year’s event, the Cavaliers’ quartet of All-American Lance Roller, Vrhovac, John Minen and Andrews earned Virginia its first-ever Millrose Games title. Andrews, the 2009 Millrose Games high school mile champion, used his come-from-behind kick on national television to anchor the Cavaliers’ relay to victory in 7:32.49, outdistancing second-place New York AC (7:34.48) by almost two seconds.
Virginia dominated the 4x800m relay last year. During the indoor season, the Cavaliers were the NCAA and USA national leaders, running 7:26.49 on Jan. 22 at the Hokie Invitational. Virginia continued its success outdoors, running the No. 1 time in the world, won the Penn Relays Championship of America and was ranked No. 1 in the NCAA by Track & Field News.