Virginia Competes at Three Meets Across the Country
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The Virginia men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed in three meets Friday (Feb. 10), including the Liberty Quad in Lynchburg, Va., the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the FloTrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.
“I was pleased to see that some of our student-athletes really took advantage of the opportunities that were in front of them today,” Virginia director of track and field/cross country Bryan Fetzer said.
Across the country at the FloTrack Husky Classic, freshman Chris Foley (Chantilly, Va.) finished third in his men’s 5,000 meters heat and 11th overall in a personal-best time of 14:03.67, the third-best time in ‘Hoo history.
Senior Anna Corrigan (Burke, Va.) placed 11th overall in the women’s 5,000 meters in a time of 16:31.18, the fifth-fastest mark in UVa history. Sophomore Katherine Walker (Stafford, Va.) crossed the line ninth in her heat in 16:54.98.
At the Tyson Invitational, senior Kevin Anding (Houston, Texas) finished in 47.78 in the men’s 400 meters, just two one-hundredths off his PR, while in the women’s 400 meters, freshman Jordan Lavender (Nashville, Tenn.) set a PR in 55.30, the sixth-fastest time in school history.
Junior Pearl Bickersteth (Dumfries, Va.) placed second in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.73m (5’8″).
At the Liberty Quad, the ‘Hoos picked up 13 wins, including sophomore James Fuson (Glen Allen, Va.), who won the men’s weight throw with a mark of 17.37m (57’00) and finished second in the shot put with a PR of 15.68m (51’5.5″).
In the women’s high jump, sophomore Emily Kianka (Pennington, N.J.) won the women’s high jump with a height of 1.70m (5’7″). Sophomore Anna Finger (Berlin, Germany) took the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.64m (18’6″) and senior Matt Meyer (Suhlendorf, Germany) won the men’s long jump at a mark of 6.81m (22’4.25″).
Freshman Ryan Satchell (Central Islip, N.Y.) earned gold in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 14.57m (47’9.75″), while classmate Britni Strates (Orlando, Fla.) won the women’s triple jump with a mark of 11.76m (38’7″).
In the men’s 60 hurdles, sophomore Aaron Shepperd (Washington, D.C.) won in a time of 8.24, while freshmen Devin Brewer (Dumfries, Va.) and Christian Lovorgna (Sparta, N.J.) placed second and fifth in 8.37 and 8.87, respectively.
UVa swept the 800 meters with sophomore Natalia Kuhn (Virginia Beach, Va.) winning the women’s race in 2:13.48 and freshman Payton Hazzard (Huntington, N.Y.) taking the men’s in 1:57.04.
Other winners included junior Danielle Wiliams (Alexandria, Va.) in the women’s 200 meters (24.92), sophomore Ozzie Bryan (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the men’s 400 meters (50.40) and sophomore Thomas Porter (Fredericksburg, Va.) in the men’s mile (4:15.93).
The men’s 4×400 relay team of Bryan, Hazzard, junior Austin Von Ohlsen (Ridgefield, Conn.) and freshman Afolabi Shokunbi (Washington, D.C.) won in a time of 3:25.10.
The Cavaliers continue action at the Tyson Invitational and the FloTrack Husky Classic Saturday (Feb. 11). FloTrack.org will be showing a live, free stream of the Husky Classic from 6-9 p.m. (EST).