CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The throwers on Virginia’s track and field team led the way Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Raleigh Relays, hosted by NC State. The group posted four personal-best marks that rank among the top-10 of all-time at UVa and was highlighted by senior Andy Fahringer’s individual victory in the javelin.
Fahringer’s throw of 239′ 7″ is a personal-best and marks the second-best throw of all-time at UVa. He now trails just Brian Kollar, who set the school record at 243′ 6″ in 2001.
Juniors Vincenzo Chiariello, Maureen Laffan and Erin Wykoff also hit personal-best marks throughout the day – all in the hammer throw. Chiariello threw 186′ 11″ to inch closer to Bill Johnston’s school record of 190′ 11″, set in 2001, while Wykoff improved her hammer mark to 159′ 11″ – the sixth-best throw in program history. Laffan also ranks in the top 10 at UVa, currently sitting eighth with her best-ever throw of 155′ 5″.
On the track, Virginia’s 4x200m relay of junior Malcolm Carradine, sophomore Austin Von Ohlsen, junior Chris Letson and freshman Leo McLaughlin combined to run 1:27.56 – the seventh-best relay mark in program history.
The Cavaliers’ 4x100m relay got the day started with a runner-up finish in the event. Senior Kisha Garrick, senior Kristina Chapman, junior Meagan Gillespie and sophomore Danielle Williams combined to run 46.62.
Virginia also sent its women’s distance runners to Richmond to compete in the Fred Hardy Invitational, where the Cavaliers finished fourth through eighth in the 800m.
Junior Jenni Weatherly led the group with a fourth-place finish in 2:14.62, while juniors Jayna McGehee and Tasia Potasinski both finished with a time of 2:15.22 for fifth and sixth, respectively. Sophomore Natalia Kuhn took seventh in 2:16.17 and junior Rosemary Barber crossed in 2:16.97 for eighth.
In the 4x800m relay, Barber, sophomore Lauren Zarger, freshman Ariel Karabinus and McGehee combined to finish second with a time of 9:25.86. Weatherly, senior Chelsea France, sophomore Natalia Kuhn and Potasinski also competed in the race, taking third in 9:27.55.
Virginia will return to action next weekend, as it heads to Lynchburg, Va., for the Liberty Invitational and to Williamsburg, Va., for the Colonial Relays. Both events are set for Friday and Saturday, April 1-2.