CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The Virginia men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams compete in two different meets this weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational (March 2-3) in Notre Dame, Ind., and the VT Final Qualifier (March 3) in Blacksburg, Va.
This weekend’s meets are the final ones before the national meet’s entries are finalized on Monday, March 5. The NCAA Championships will be held on March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho.
Last weekend, The Cavalier men and women both finished fourth at the 2012 ACC Indoor Championships. The women earned their highest finish since 2003. UVa concluded the meet with four individual titles and two school records.
Senior Marcus Robinson (Richmond, Va.) successfully defended his triple jump championship, hitting a mark of 16.32m (53’6.5″), his second-best leap ever.
Junior Morgane Gay (Bethesda, Md.) won her first ACC title in the mile, finishing in a time of 4:41.40. Both Robinson and Gay have already automatically qualified for the national meet.
In the women’s high jump, junior Pearl Bickersteth (Dumfries, Va.) took home Gold, reaching a mark of 1.79m (5’10.5″).
The Cavalier men swept the 5,000 meters, with senior Mark Amirault (Walpole, Mass.), freshman Chris Foley (Chantilly, Va.) and sophomore Thomas Porter (Fredericksburg, Va.) finishing 1-2-3. Amirault won the race in 14:13.61.
Two school records fell with sophomore Vanessa Fabrizio (Denver, Colo.) breaking the women’s 800 meters (2:07.43) and freshman Nick Vena (Morristown, N.J.) setting a new men’s shot put mark (18.84m, 61’9.75″).