Nine Cavaliers Advance to NCAA Championships
Bloomington, Ind. – The Virginia track and field team qualified four more Cavaliers for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round at Indiana University. In total, Virginia will send nine Cavaliers to this year’s NCAA Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Events are scheduled to run Wednesday through Saturday, June 8-11.
Senior Adams Abdulrazaaq (110mH), junior Morgane Gay (1500m), junior Erin Wykoff (discus) and sophomore Brett Johnson (1500M) all advanced today and will join seniors Stephanie Garcia (steeplechase), Lyndsay Harper (800m) and Ayla Smith (400mH), junior Andy Fahringer (javelin) and sophomore Robby Andrews (800m) at the national meet.
Wykoff opened competition for the Cavaliers and qualified for her first-ever NCAA Championship by earning an eight-place finish in the discus. Her personal-best throw of 169′ 4 moves her into sixth place on Virginia’s all-time program records.
On the track, Gay got things started by running the fourth-best time in the 1500m. Her finish of 4:19.77 qualifies her for her second NCAA Outdoor Championship in the event.
On the men’s side, Johnson used the sixth-best time of the day to advance to his first-ever NCAA Championship. He finished the 1500m in 3:47.56.
Abdulrazaaq rounded out the competition for the Cavaliers by shattering his personal-best – and school-record – time in the 110m hurdles. Abdulrazaaq finished third in his heat in 13.70 to automatically advance to his first NCAA Championship in the 110m hurdles. His time betters his previous school record of 13.82, set at this year’s ACC Championships.
Virginia’s NCAA Championship Qualifiers and Schedules
Adams Abdulrazaaq – 110mH (Semis – Thurs., June 9 at 7:10 p.m.; Finals – Sat., June 11 at 1:16 p.m.)
Robby Andrews – 800m (Semis – Wed., June 8 at 6:15 p.m.; Finals – Fri., June 10 at 7:20 p.m.)
Andy Fahringer – Javelin (Trials/Finals – Wed., June 8 at 3:05 p.m.)
Stephanie Garcia – Steeple (Semis – Thurs., June 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Finals – Sat., June 11 at 12:54 p.m.)
Morgane Gay – 1500m (Semis – Thurs., June 9 at 6 p.m.; Finals – Sat., June 11 at 12:18 p.m.)
Lyndsay Harper – 800m (Semis – Wed., June 8 at 6 p.m.; Finals – Fri., June 10 at 7:10 p.m.)
Brett Johnson – 1500m (Semis – Thurs., June 9 at 6:15 p.m.; Finals – Sat., June 11 at 12:30 p.m.)
Ayla Smith – 400mH (Semis – Wed., June 8 at 8:15 p.m.; Finals – Fri., June 10 at 6:35 p.m.)
Erin Wykoff – Discus (Trials/Finals – Wed., June 8 at 3 p.m.)