Wynne Breaks 1,500m School Record at Florida Relays
April 1, 2016
GAINESVILLE, Fla.–Virginia junior Henry Wynne broke the school record in the 1,500 meters as the No. 5 UVA men’s track and field team finished action on the second day of the Florida Relays Friday (April 1) at Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
Wynne (Westport, Conn.) set a new Virginia school record in the 1,500 meters in a winning time of 3:38.35. His time broke the 33-year old school record, previously held by John Hinton in 1983 (3:40.24). The time also broke the Pressly Stadium and Florida Relays meet records that were previously set in 1973 and 1978, respectively.
“Wow, I would be lying if I said that was expected because his training volume has been ramped up since NCAAs,” UVA director of track and field/cross country Bryan Fetzer said. “He is in a great place right now. When you compete with confidence coupled with talent, that’s the combination you want.”
Freshman Hilmar Jonsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) broke the Virginia freshman record in the hammer throw by over 12 meters, finishing third with a mark of 70.05m (229′ 10″). Jonsson’s mark also ranks second on UVA’s all-time list.
“Hilmar has been throwing around 70 meters in practice, but it is a great confidence booster when you start your college career with a personal best and a 70-meter throw,” Fetzer said. “He is just scratching the surface.”
Redshirt-junior Adam Visokay (Ruckersville, Va.) and graduate student William Gray (Birmingham, England), making his UVA debut, placed fifth and sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:58.70 and 8:59.12, respectively.
In the discus, sophomore James Williams (Radford, Va.) placed 16th with a mark of 46.33m (152′ 0″).
The meet concludes Saturday (April 2) with Cavalier action starting at 1 p.m.