Feb. 22, 2018

Clemson, S.C. – The Virginia men’s distance medley relay team placed fourth to start the Cavaliers’ competition at the 2018 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships at Clemson. UVA is in fourth place with five points following the first day of competition.

UVA’s team of freshman Alfred Shirley (Chesapeake, Va.), sophomore Spencer Dodds (Temecula, Calif.), senior Kenneth Hagen (Blacksburg, Va.) and senior Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) turned in a time of 9:42.32 which improved on their previous best time this year of 9:48.71.

“It was very important to get points on the board on the first day and the boys ran a very nice team race,” said Pete Watson, UVA assistant coach for distance events. “Now these boys need to recover and get ready for their individual events tomorrow.”

The three-day event runs through Saturday with events starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. ACC Network Extra will broadcast events on Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday beginning at noon. Links to the broadcast and to live results are available on VirginiaSports.com.

The ACC Championships serve as the men’s and women’s matchup between Virginia and Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Clash. The Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line. The school that accumulates 11 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. Visit www.TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information and updated standings.