March 15, 2018
|Virginia at Hurricane Invitational|
|Date & Time||Friday, March 16, 2018 | 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 | noon
|Location||Coral Gables, Fla. | Cobb Statium|
|Event Information||Meet Information|
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|Coverage||ACC Network: Saturday 1 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams will open the outdoor track and field season with the two-day Hurricane Invitational on Friday (March 16) at Cobb Stadium in Coral Gables, Fla.
Saturday’s competition will be streamed on ACC Network Extra beginning at 1 p.m. Links to the broadcast and to live results are available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia was led by sophomore Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) during the indoor season. Scott advanced to the NCAA Championships where he finished 12th in the triple jump, earning second-team All-America honors. He placed second at the ACC Indoor Championships in the event with a season-best performance of 16.35m (53’7.75). He earned first-team All-ACC honors with the performance.
The Virginia men’s team finished sixth at the ACC Championships with 49 points. In addition to Scott, the Cavaliers recorded five All-ACC honors. Redshirt junior Oghenakpobo Efekoro (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and junior Hilmar Jonsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) captured first-team All-ACC honors. Efekoro finished second in the shot put with a mark of 18.72m (61’5″) and fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 19.90m (65’3.5″), while Jonsson finished second in the weight throw with a throw of 21.04m (69’0.5″). Earning second-team All-ACC honors, junior Nace Plesko (Ljubljana, Slovenia) placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 17.55m (57’7″) and graduate student Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) placed fourth in the mile with a time of 4:04.82.
The women’s team finished ninth at the conference championships, recording 34.5 points. Junior Kelly McKee (Lenexa, Kan.) and redshirt junior Mia Barron (Minnetonka, Minn.) captured first-team All-ACC honors. McKee placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 12.84m (42’1.5″) while Barron finished third in the long jump with a mark of 6.09m (19’11.75″). Barron also earned second-team honors in the triple jump, reaching 12.70m (41’8″). Senior Holly Sullivan (Chester Springs, Pa.) finished fourth in the pentathlon with a score of 3,912 points, while freshman Gabrielle Hayes (Woodbridge, Va.) placed sixth in the high jump, clearing 1.69m (5’6.5″), and freshman Brittany Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.) placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 15.21 (49’11”).
The men’s team finished the 2017 outdoor season with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, recording all 36 team points in throwing events. The Cavaliers return four All-Americans in Efekoro, Scott, Jonsson and redshirt junior Jack Lint (Westerville, Ohio) from last year’s team.