Jan. 20, 2018

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IOWA CITY, Iowa- The No. 16 Virginia men’s track and field team concluded the second day of competition at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 20) at the UI Recreation building in Iowa City, Iowa.

“It was good to finally get the competitive juices flowing,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “First meets are a love-hate thing. It is both frustrating and motivating at the same time. Lots of learning took place this weekend. The key now is we apply it what we have learned in our future opportunities, both in practice and in competition.”

Sophomore Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) finished second in the triple jump, reaching a mark of 15.75m (51’8.25″) with a short approach. His jump currently ranks seventh in the nation.

Graduate student Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) and redshirt sophomore Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) paced the Cavaliers in the 300m run, finishing second and third respectively. Marsella recorded a time of 8:16.54, ranking 41st nationally, while Corbett captured a time of 8:19.30. Sophomore Spencer Dodds (Temecula, Calif.) finished 10th in the event with a time of 8:49.97.

Junior Emmanuel Jackson (Raleigh, N.C.) advanced to the finals of the 60m hurdles, finishing fourth with a time of 8.15. He also competed in the Olympic development group of the 60m dash. He finished 11th with a personal best time of 7.22.

Senior Logan Carrington (Leesburg, Va.) placed ninth in the 800m with a time of 1:55.16, while sophomore AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.) finished 10th in the mile with a time of 4:14.85.

In the 4x400m relay, junior Jake Dixon (Falmouth, Maine), freshman Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.), Carrington and freshman Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) finished seventh with a time of 3:15.28. Outlaw’s split time of 46.702 was the third fastest in the event.

In the men’s shot put, junior Nace Plesko (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and redshirt junior James Williams (Radford, Va.) finished fifth and eighth, respectively. Plesko recorded a mark of 16.81m (55’2″), while Williams recorded a mark of 15.25 (50”0.5″).

Virginia will return to action on January 26 for the Liberty Kickoff in Lynchburg, Va.