March 10, 2017
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Redshirt sophomore Oghenakpobo Efekoro (Brooklyn, N.Y.) turned in a third-place finish in the shot put with a personal-best mark to lead the Virginia track and field team at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday (March 10) at Texas A&M.
Efekoro took the third-place finish with a personal-best mark of 19.84m (65′ 01.25″), earning first-team All-America honors for the first time in his career.
“Pobo’s hard work and persistence again paid off,” said Virginia assistant and throws coach Martin Maric. “This is a young man who is as exceptional in academics as he is in athletics. We are very fortunate to have him. He is on an inexorable march in becoming one of the best athletes this program has ever had, and that is not easy to do at UVA.”
Redshirt junior Filip Mihaljevic (Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and senior Zach Herriott (Kansas City, Mo.) earned second-team All-America honors after also competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Mihaljevic competed in the shot put alongside Efekoro, while Herriott competed in the men’s 5000m.
Herriott finished 12th overall in the 5000, finishing in a time of 13:59.99.
The Cavaliers continue competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday (March 11). Senior Jordan Young (Windsor, Ontario) will compete in the men’s weight throw at 3 p.m. ET, while freshman Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) will compete in the men’s triple jump at 5 p.m. ET.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 10 starting at 6:25 p.m. Eastern time and March 11 starting at 4:55 p.m. Eastern time. A re-air of the championship will take place on Sunday, March 12 starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2.