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May 14, 2015

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The Virginia women’s track and field team finishes the first day of the ACC Outdoor Championships Thursday (May 14) at Mike Long Field.

After the first day, Virginia has two points and sits in 13th place. Miami leads with 19 points, followed by Louisville (15), Syracuse (14), Florida State (14), North Carolina (11), NC State (9), Notre Dame (8), Duke (6), Boston College (6), Wake Forest (5), Clemson (5) and Virginia Tech (3).

“We only had one real opportunity to score tonight and we did that, which is a huge plus,” UVa head coach Bryan Fetzer said. “We were a little disappointed with the 200s, but they have more opportunities to score this weekend, so we just have to shake it off and come back at it tomorrow.”

The only final the Cavaliers competed in on Thursday was the 10,000 meters, where sophomore Sarah Fakler (Phoenix, Ariz.) placed seventh in a time of 34:58.09. It is the second-consecutive year Fakler has placed seventh in the event.

“I was happy that Sarah was able to hang in there, battle and gain some important points for the team,” UVa assistant coach Todd Morgan said. “Now we move on to day two and just have to keep it rolling.”

In the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Heather Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) finished 16th overall in 1:01.52, while in the 1,500-meter prelims, freshman Megan Rebholz (Stafford, Va.) was 28th in 4:31.92.

The prelims of the 200 meters saw senior Jordan Lavender (Nashville, Tenn.) place 11th in 24.02 and sophomore Tori McKenzie (Chatham, Va.) finish 12th in 24.21. Sophomore Andrea Wright (Chesapeake, Va.) and junior Peyton Chaney (Belleville, Ill.) placed 18th (24.45) and 19th (24.47), respectively, while freshman Kiana Hairston (Manassas, Va.) was 24.90.

The action continues Friday with field events at 10 a.m. and track events at 5:45 p.m. ESPN3’s coverage is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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