April 29, 2017


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Two Cavaliers set freshman records for the No. 5 Virginia men’s track and field program on Saturday (April 25) as the team competed in the Virginia Grand Prix at Lannigan Field.

Sam Young (Lewes, Del.) and Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) set new freshman standards in the pole vault and long jump, respectively. Young cleared a mark of 5.09m (16-8.25) to finish third in the event. Scott’s performance of 7.54m (24-9) ranked third in the meet and 29th in the East Region. Scott also holds the freshman record in the triple jump.

“Collectively, this was the best regular season meet we have had in the six years I have been here,” head coach Bryan Fetzer said. “I am so excited and just confident in where we are at heading into the championship season. We’ve got to stick to it and take care of business; however, it is great to see the emotions and to see the focus in each one of them (student-athletes). We are in a good spot.

“The field events continue to be a strong point for us. They continue to raise the bar. That is what they’ve got to do in order for us to do some special things in the next couple of weeks.”

Seniors Filip Mihaljevic (Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Jordan Young (Windsor, Ontario) finished first and second, respectively, in the discus. Mihaljevic notched a season-best mark of 58.81m (192-11), while Young threw a distance of 57.93m (190-0). Additionally, Mihaljevic’s throw placed 13th in the nation and 10th in the region.

Senior Nathan Kiley (Chantilly, Va.) led the 400m with a time of 47.64, while redshirt sophomore Oghenakpobo Efekoro (Brooklyn, N.Y.) placed first in the shot put with a mark of 20.36m (66-9.75).

The Cavaliers rounded out the day with three second-place finishes from junior Logan Carrington (Leesburg, Va.) in the 800m (1:51.19), sophomore Charles Bowman (Harrisburg, Pa.) in the 110m hurdles (14.42) and the 4x400m relay team of Bowman, Kiley, sophomore Jake Dixon (Falmouth, Maine) and Carrington (3:10.43), respectively.

Next up, the Cavaliers will compete in the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet, hosted by Georgia Tech, will be held May 12-14 in Atlanta, Ga.