Feb. 24, 2018
Clemson, S.C. – Triple jumper Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) and shot putter Oghenakpobo Efekoro (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both picked up silver medals to lead the Virginia men’s team on the final day of competition at the 2018 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships at Clemson. The Cavaliers finished the three-day event in sixth place with 49 points. Florida State took the team title with 111 points.
Scott, a sophomore, posted a leap of 53’7″ 3/4 on his last attempt in the finals to take second-place honors behind Clemson’s Jeremiah Green (53’9″ 1/4). Scott won the competition in 2017.
Efekoro, a junior, blasted a throw of 61’5″ on his first attempt in the finals and that was good enough to earn him runner-up honors behind Florida State Austin Droogsma (65’7″ 1/2). Both Scott and Efekoro picked up All-ACC honors by virtue of having top-three finishes.
Efekoro’s teammate, junior Nace Plesko (Ljubljana, Slovenia), was fourth in the shot put with a toss of 57’7″ to earn second team all-conference honors while junior James Williams (Radford, Va.) placed 10th at 51’1″ 3/4.
UVA ended the meet on a strong note when the 4×400 meter relay team of Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.), Alfred Shirley (Chesapeake, Va.), Jake Dixon (Falmouth, Maine) and Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.) set a school record with a time of 3:11.76. Despite racing in an earlier heat, they placed sixth overall.
Outlaw improved on the freshman record he established on Friday in the 400 meters by posting a time of 47.18, the third best overall time in program history.
Senior Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) earned second-team All-ACC accolades in the mile by finishing fourth at 4:04.82. Sophomore pole vaulter Sam Young (Lewes, Del.) placed eighth with a final clearance of 16’3/4.
“I was very disappointed we could not achieve more,” said UVA head coach Bryan Fetzer. “It’s part of the standard we’ve set. That won’t change. I’m are very confident that the outdoor season will not end the same way. There are more events that fit our model. There is a lot of work to do, but I know our men can answer the challenge and are cognizant of what needs to be done. It is totally their choice on much they can achieve.”
The ACC Championships served 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 Hokies claimed the point at stake during the event.
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. son, 60-meter hurdles