PHILADELPHIA-Senior Andy Fahringer (Whitehall, Pa.) won the men’s championship javelin throw and fellow senior Marcus Robinson (Richmond, Va.) captured the men’s championship triple jump title on the final day of the Penn Relays Saturday (April 28) at chilly Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Fahringer, who finished second at the ACC Championships a week ago, was in third place going into the final throw before he reached a distance of 74.63m (244′ 10″) in his final attempt. Fahringer broke his own program record and the mark is the seventh-longest throw at the Penn Relays since they went to the new javelin implement in 1986.
Fahringer becomes the first Virginia male to win the javelin at the Penn Relays. His mark of 74.63m is the seventh-best distance in the nation this year, based on marks going into this weekend.
“I’ve been denied this championship for a long time,” Fahringer said. “I’ve been coming here (Penn Relays) a long time since I was a junior in high school and the weather is usually bad and I didn’t compete very well. This was the first time I was able to come back-to-back with ACCs healthy and with confidence. Today, the series (of throws) wasn’t great, but I was able to compete very well and it sets me up very well for the first round of nationals. I’m looking forward to taking a down week, graduating, getting some good training in and hopefully break some more school records at nationals.”
Robinson won the men’s championship triple jump with a mark of 16.13m (52′ 11″), which came on his second attempt. Robinson is the first Cavalier to win the triple jump championship in the 118-year history of the Penn Relays.
“It means a lot,” Robinson said of the win. “It’s my senior year and I’m trying to go out with a bang as much as I can. It felt alright given the conditions, but I’m just happy to get the win.”
In the men’s championship hammer throw, senior Vincenzo Chiariello (Staten Island, N.Y.) earned bronze with a school-record mark of 63.16m (207′ 2″). Like Fahringer, Chiariello saved his best throw for his final attempt. The distance ranks 19th in the nation based on marks going into the weekend.
“I thought they (Fahringer and Chiariello) handled themselves really well today,” throws coach Ross Richardson said. “I said at the conference meet that this is what seniors should do; on big competitions, they should step up and perform well. They both did it on their last throw, which gives their coach a heart attack, but both of them are mature and handled the situation extremely well.”
The team of senior Kevin Anding (Houston, Texas), sophomore Ozzie Bryan (Philadelphia, Pa.) senior Lance Roller (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and freshman Payton Hazzard (Huntington, N.Y.) placed fifth in the men’s IC4A 4×400 relay in a time of 3:10.36.
In rainy conditions at the Highlander Invitational in Radford, Va., the Cavaliers picked up four victories, including freshman Kyle King (Yorktown, Va.), who won the men’s 1,500 meters in a time of 3:49.30.
In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, freshman Devin Brewer (Dumfries, Va.) crossed the line first in a PR time of 52.52, the fourth-fastest freshman time in school history.
Senior Jennifer Weatherly (Sterling, Va.) won the women’s 800 meters in 2:16.28, while freshman Jack St. Marie (Westlake, Ohio) captured the men’s 5,000 meters in 14:59.14.
Junior Morgane Gay (Bethesda, Md.) competes in the women’s 1500 meters Sunday (April 29) at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. The rest of the Cavaliers next compete May 12 in the Virginia Challenge at Lannigan Field.