April 23, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Despite competing in the brisk rain, sophomore Ciara Leonard (Elkins Park, Pa.) set a school record in the 100 meter hurdles for the Virginia women’s track and field program Saturday (April 22) at the Virginia Challenge at Lannigan Field.
Leonard dropped eight-hundredths of a second to record a time of 13.46 at the meet. She finished third at the competition and second against collegiate athletes.
In the javelin, junior Caitlin Mautz (Doylestown, Pa.) moved to fifth on the Cavalier performance list. Three of her throws were over 47 meters with her top distance reaching a mark of 48.66 meters (159-8). The effort ranks her 13th in the East Region.
Junior Holly Sullivan (Chester Springs, Pa.) placed sixth in UVA history for the heptathlon, scoring 5,117 points. Sullivan’s combined total placed her seventh at the meet. In the combined competition, she finished third in the 800 meters and fifth in both the 100 meter hurdles and the long jump, respectively.
Redshirt sophomore Mia Barron (Minnetonka, Minn.) placed third in the long jump with a mark of 6.08 meters.
“Holly Sullivan was impressive in her first heptathlon, especially after competing in non-perfect conditions on day two,” head coach Bryan Fetzer said. “She handled the adversity really well and I am really excited for her development. Ciara Leonard, breaking the school record in a down pour says how far she has come. She handled the adversity of cold, not idle conditions, to take a photo finish against three girls who have all run under 13 seconds (in the 100 meter hurdles).”
Virginia will host the Virginia Grand Prix April 29. The meet at Lannigan Field is expected to start field events at 11:30 a.m., and running events at 5 p.m.