March 17, 2018

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CORAL GABLES, Fla.- The Virginia men’s track and field team concluded competition at the Hurricane Invitational, hosted by Miami, on Saturday (March 17) at the Cobb Stadium.

Freshman Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) led the team, finishing first and setting a freshman record with a time of 51.75 in the 400m hurdles. His performance ranks sixth in school history.

The 4×400 meter relay team of freshman Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.), Shirley, freshman Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.) and redshirt junior Jack Lint (Westerville, Ohio), respectively, captured the fastest time in the event, running a time of 3:12.04.

“Overall the team showed great effort to open the outdoor season,” assistant coach Mario Wilson said. “This meet serves as a preview of the ACC Championships site. The weather in Charlottesville has not been conducive to outdoor training, so for many, this was their first-time training outdoors in 2018.”

In the shot put, junior Nace Plesko (Ljubljana, Slovenia) placed second with a mark of 17.99m (59’0.25″), while redshirt James Williams (Radford, Va.) placed fourth with a mark of 16.02m (52’6.75″).

“Nace had a solid performance in the shot put,” assistant coach Martin Maric said. “Strong sun rays couldn’t stop him today as he had the best opening of the outdoor season.”

Senior Anthony Bouselli (Hawley, Pa.) and sophomore Noah Toney (West Orange, N.J.) both finished third in their respective events. Bouselli recorded a mark of 52.03m (170’8″) in the javelin as Toney ran a time of 1:58.29 in the 800m run.

In the men’s 110m hurdles, junior Emmanuel Jackson (Raleigh, N.C.) finished fifth with a time of 14.67, while Lint finished 11th with a time of 15.25 and sophomore Jack Claiborne (Johannesburg, South Africa) finished 16th with a time of 16.16.

Additionally, Lint placed seventh in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.08.

Wills finished eighth in the 400m dash with a time of 48.82.

Outlaw captured a time of 21.79 in the 200m dash, finishing 16th in the event. His time ranks fourth in Virginia all-time freshman performances.

Virginia will return to action March 30, sending members to the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond Va., and the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.