May 18, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia men’s and the Cavalier women’s track and field teams qualified 24 student athletes, 17 men and seven women, for the NCAA East Regional Qualifier Meet. The competition will be held May 25-27 at Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky.
Each individual event (excluding the heptathlon and decathlon) will have 48 competitors, while relays will have 24 teams. The top 12 from every event will move on to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, to be held in Eugene, Ore., on June 7-10.
Four Cavaliers will have an opportunity for a return trip to Eugene for the NCAA Championships, after advancing from the East Regional Qualifying meet last year. Redshirt junior Filip Mihaljevic (Linvo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and redshirt sophomore Oghenakpobo Efekoro (Brooklyn, N.Y.) are seeded first and second, respectively, in the East Region shot put. Senior Henry Wynne (Westport, Conn.) is seeded seventh in the 1500m, while senior Jordan Young (Windsor, Ont.) is seeded 13th in the discus.
Several Hoos hold strong regional marks as freshman Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) enters second in the triple jump. Wynne ranks third in the 5,000m, while Mihaljevic ranks seventh in the discus. Senior Zach Herriott (Kansas City, Mo.) is seeded high in two events, entering with the sixth-best time in the 10,000m and the eighth best in the 5,000m. Senior Jordan Young (Westport, Conn.) is seeded 15th in the hammer and redshirt sophomore Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.) enters the 10,000m race ranked 12th in the region. Sophomore Kelly McKee (Lenexa, Kan.) leads the women’s team, ranking 11th in the triple jump.
In addition to Wynne and Herriott in the 5,000m, freshman Lachlan Cook (Brisbane, Australia) is seeded 17th, Damarest is seeded 29th and redshirt junior Thomas Madden (Front Royal, Va.) is seeded 31st in the event.
Three Cavaliers will compete in the women’s javelin with sophomore Marija Bogavac (Mojkovac, Montenegro) seeded 19th, junior Caitlin Mautz (Doylestown, Pa.) seeded 22nd and senior Christine Bohan (Avon Lake, Ohio) seeded 28th.
Bohan will also compete in the shot put (seeded 23rd) and the discus (seeded 32nd).
Competing in a single event for the men’s team, senior Nathan Kiley (Chanitlly, Va.) will compete in the 400m dash (seeded No. 34), sophomore Charles Bowman (Harrisburg, Pa.) will compete in the 400m hurdles (seeded No. 39), redshirt junior Aaron Worrell (Fort Eustis, Va.) will compete in the triple jump (seeded No. 25), redshirt freshman Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) will compete in the 10,000m (seeded No. 36) and sophomore Nace Plesko (Ljubljana Slovenia) will compete in the shot put (seeded No. 24). Redshirt junior Jeff Jernigan (DeKalb, Ga.) and redshirt freshman Sam Young (Lewes, Del.) will compete in the pole vault, seeded 27th and 40th, respectively.
Sophomore Ciara Leonard (Elkins Park, Pa.) will compete in the 100m hurdles (seeded No. 25), senior Heather Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) will compete in the 400m hurdles (seeded No. 33) and redshirt sophomore Mia Barron (Minnetonka, Minn.) will compete in the triple jump (seeded No. 34).
The men’s 4x400m relay will also compete in the competition. Redshirt sophomore Jack Lint (Westerville, Ohio), sophomore Jake Dixon (Falmouth Maine), junior Logan Carrington (Leesburg, Va.), Bowman and Kiley will compete in the event.
UVA Qualifiers for NCAA East Preliminaries
Men Charles Bowman, So., Harrisburg, Pa.- 400 meter hurdles and 4x400m relay
Logan Carrington, Jr., Leesburg, Va.- 4x400m relay
Lachlan Cook, Fr., Brisbane, Australia- 5,000 meters
Alex Corbett, R-Fr., Burke, Va.- 10,000 meters
Brent Demarest, R-So., Charleston, S.C.- 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters
Jake Dixon, So., Falmouth, Maine- 4x400m relay
Oghenakpobo Efekoro, R-So., Brooklyn, N.Y.- shot put
Zach Herriott, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.- 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters
Jeff Jernigan, R-Jr., DeKalb, Ga.- Pole Vault
Hilmar Jonsson, So., Reykjavik, Iceland- hammer
Nathan Kiley, Sr., Chantilly, Va.- 400 meters and 4x400m relay
Jack Lint, R-So., Westerville, Ohio- 4x400m relay
Thomas Madden, R-Jr., Front Royal, Va.- 5,000 meters
Filip Mihaljevic, R-Jr., Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina- shot put and discus
Nace Plesko, So., Ljubljana, Slovenia- shot put
Jordan Scott, Fr., Portmore, Jamaica- triple jump
Aaron Worrell, R-Jr., Fort Eustis, Va.- triple jump
Henry Wynne, Sr., Westport, Conn.- 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters
Jordan Young, Sr., Windsor, Ont.- discus and hammer
Sam Young, R-Fr., Lewes, Del.- Pole Vault
Mia Barron, R-So., Minnetonka, Minn.- triple jump
Marija Bogavac, So., Mojkovac, Montenegro- javelin
Christine Bohan, Sr., Avon Lake, Ohio- shot put, discus and javelin
Ciara Leonard, So., Elkins Park, Pa.- 100 meter hurdles
Caitlin Mautz, Jr., Doylestown, Pa.- javelin
Kelly McKee, So., Lenexa, Kan.- triple jump
Heather Smith, Sr., Chesapeake, Va.- 400 meter hurdles