NOTE: Updated story and results after post-meet change in results and scoring.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the 2012 outdoor season at the UVa Team Swashbuckle Saturday (March 24) at Lannigan Field. It was the first meet at the facility since a complete renovation.
The women finished first with 159 points, followed by Army (124), Liberty (121), James Madison (80), Fordham (61), Wagner (42), Moravian (40), Georgetown (36), Virginia Union (34), Bowie State (20) and Virginia-Lynchburg (9).
The men finished 1-2-3-4 in the men’s 1,500 meters, the final running event of the day, but was unable to overtake Army, who won the meet, 147.5-144. Liberty finished third with 111.33, followed by Georgetown (69), Bowie State (59.33), Moravian (57), Virginia Union (51.33), Fordham (47), Wagner (21) and Virginia-Lynchburg (12).
“I was very pleased with our performance today,” director of track and field/cross country Bryan Fetzer said. “It was a fun atmosphere and we were fortunate with the weather. Our kids responded well with their first meet of the year and there were a lot of positive performances. There were some times and marks that could very well qualify for NCAA Regionals and that’s just what we wanted today.”
Sophomore Anthony Kostelac (Charlottesville, Va.) came from behind to win the men’s 1,500 meters in a time of 3:45.34, just edging sophomore teammate Taylor Gilland (Chapel Hill, N.C.) by a hundredth of a second. Junior Brett Johnson (Ocean City, N.J.) finished third in 3:46.78 and freshman Kyle King (Yorktown, Va.) was fourth in a time of 3:46.80, the fourth-fastest freshman time in UVa history.
Senior Vincenzo Chiariello (Staten Island, N.Y.) broke his own Virginia record and won the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 61.46m (201′ 7.75″). Chiariello had four throws over 60 meters.
Fellow senior Maureen Laffan (Toms River, N.J.) won the first event at the new facility, taking the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 56.47m (185′ 3.25″).
Virginia swept the 800 meters with senior Lance Roller (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) taking the men’s in 1:48.78 and junior Tasia Potasinski (Centreville, Va.) winning the women’s in 2:14.25.
Sophomore Thomas Fuson (Glen Allen, Va.) placed fourth in the hammer throw with a heave of 52.89m (173′ 6.25″) in his fifth attempt. The mark was a PR and ranks as the fifth-best mark in school history. Classmate Logan Clements (Swarthmore, Pa.) placed sixth in the women’s hammer, with a mark of 44.82m (147′ 0.5″).
In the men’s discus, freshman Nick Vena (Morristown, N.J.) won the men’s discus with a throw of 49.51m (162′ 5.25″), the 10th-best mark in UVa history and fourth-best freshman mark.
In men’s javelin, senior Andy Fahringer (Whitehall, Pa.) won with a throw of 72.10m (236′ 6.5″), while sophomore Edy Ndem (Roanoake, Va.) picked up the win in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.67m (18′ 7.25″).
Senior Meagan Gillespie (Brooklyn, N.Y.) claimed the women’s 400-meter title in 1:02.73, while in the men’s 400 meter hurdles, freshman Devin Brewer (Dumfries, Va.) crossed the line second in 54.10.
The Cavaliers also swept the 4×400 meter relays, with the men’s team of freshmen Payton Hazzard (Huntington, N.Y.) and Afolabi Shokunbi (Washington, D.C.), Roller and senior captain Kevin Anding (Houston, Texas) winning in a time of 3:10.09. The women’s team of Gillespie, Williams, freshman Vanessa Fabrizio (Denver, Colo.) and freshman Jordan Lavender (Nashville, Tenn.) finished first in a time of 3:42.91.
In the women’s 1,500 meters, senior Catherine White (Roanoke, Va.) led the Cavaliers to a 1-2-3-4 finish with a time of 4:30.83. She was followed by freshman Chelsea Ley (Woolwich Township, N.J.) in 4:35.54, sophomore Barbara Strehler (Richmond, Va.) in 4:37.22 and freshman Kathleen Stevens (Blacksburg, Va.) in 4:38.10.
Sophomore Emily Kianka (Pennington, N.J.) won the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.69m (5′ 6.5″), while junior Danielle Williams (Alexandria, Va.) finished second in the women’s 100 meters in a time of 12.27.
In the final event of the meet, senior Tara Karin (Byfield, Mass.) won the women’s javelin with a throw of 43.49m (142′ 8.25″).
Next weekend, the Cavaliers travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the North Florida Invitational March 30-31.