Cavalier Women Set School 4x400m Record at Tyson Invitational
Feb. 15, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track & field teams split up to compete in three events around the nation this weekend, posting impressive performances at Arkansas, Iowa State and Washington. Overall, the Cavaliers set two indoor school records, three school freshman records and numerous school top-10 performances.
“This weekend was an overall great one,” said head coach Bryan Fetzer. “The upperclassmen continue to lead by example and the younger athletes keep raising the bar. The momentum we established heading into the ACC Championships is key. Our conference is as deep from top to bottom as it has ever been. The next step in the process is to perform when it counts the most. I’m confident that this group has it in them to take the next step in the progression.”
The Cavalier women’s 4x400m relay team set an indoor school record with a time of 3:39.43 on Saturday. The team of Peyton Chaney (Belleville, Ill.), Vanessa Fabrizio (Denver, Colo.), Andrea Wright (Chesapeake, Va.) and Jordan Lavender (Nashville, Tenn.) broke the previous record of 3:39.93, which had stood since 1987. For Lavender, it was her second school record of the meet, having broke her own indoor 400m school record on Friday night.
In the women’s 200m, Chaney ran an indoor PR of 24.30, the fourth-best time in school history, and Wright posted a time of 24.55, the third-best freshman time in school history.
In the men’s triple jump, Ryan Satchell (Central Islip, N.Y.) finished eighth with a jump of 51’1.5″, just shy of his PR he set earlier in the month. Aaron Worrell (Fort Eustis, Va.) was 10th, with a freshman school record of 50’2.5″, the eighth-best mark overall in school history. Jessica Caldwell (Owings Mills, Md.) had an indoor PR of 39’5.75″ in the women’s triple jump, just shy of cracking the school top-10 in that event.
Virginia had strong performances in both high jump competitions. Moira Cronin (Andover, Mass.) had an indoor PR of 5’9.75″ in the women’s high jump, the seventh-best time in school history, and Tommy DeVita (Ridgewood, N.J.) had a season-best 6’7″ in the men’s high jump.
At the Husky Classic in Seattle, Maria Hauger (Shakopee, Minn.) set a freshman school record in the women’s 3000m, crossing the line in 9:29.20.
At the Iowa State Classic, Adam Visokay (Ruckersville, Va.) won the men’s 3000m in a time of 7:57.46, a new Virginia freshman record and the third-best time in school history. Connor Rog (Fairfield, Conn.) followed in eighth place in a time of 8:09.76 the second-best time by a Cavalier freshman in history. Also in Ames, Henry Wynne (Westport, Conn.) ran a PR of 4:04.37 in the men’s mile, the fourth-best freshman time in school history.
“I can’t think of a situation that I’ve been apart of a team that broke five school records in one weekend,” said Fetzer. “Our freshmen had some truly breakout performances at all three meets. The distance crew hasn’t missed a beat since cross country. Our speed/power athletes have been focusing on improving some technical aspects and you can really see they are clicking now.”
Virginia will conclude action this week on Monday with athletes competing at the Liberty Quad Meet.