March 30, 2018

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Members of the No. 20 Virginia men’s track and field team concluded the opening day of Richmond’s Fred Hardy Invitational on Friday (March 30) at the Fred Hardy Track in Richmond, Va., in addition to concluding action at NC State’s Raleigh Relays at the Paul Derr Track & Field Facility in Raleigh, N.C.

The Cavaliers captured two meet records at Fred Hardy Invitational. Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Val.) set a meet and UVA freshman record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.66. Senior Kenneth Hagen (Blacksburg, Va.) set a meet record in the 1500m run with a time of 3:49.84. Both Shirley and Hagen finished first in their respective events.

“It was a good next step in the process,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “Several opened up their first meet of the outdoor season on a positive note, while others improved and made corrections from Miami (Hurricane Invitational). We just need to continue to strive to master what to most seems to be small details.”

Sophomore Randy Neish (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished second in the 1500m with a time of 3:54.22. Redshirt sophomore Matthew Novak (Glen Allen, Va.) recorded a time of 3:55.14, while sophomore Thomas Amabile (Chesapeake, Va.) recorded a time of 4:00.45 to finish third and fourth, respectively.

Redshirt junior Jack Lint (Westerville, Ohio) placed third against Division I runners in the 400m hurdles. He recorded a time of 54.59.

Competing in two events, graduate student Willem Geuskens (Antwerp, Belgium) finished first among Division I competitors in the javelin with a mark of 44.69m (146-7) and fifth in the shot put with a mark of 13.30m (43-7).

At the Raleigh Relays, graduate student Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) finished third the 5000m run. He captured a time of 14:04.21 in the event.

In the 10000m run, senior Chase Weaverling (Darnestown, Md.) led the team with a personal-best time of 29:28.92 for 17th place. He was followed by sophomore Lachlan Cook (Brisbane, Australia) in 39th place with a time of 30:12.52 and redshirt sophomore John Pace (Chantilly, Va.) in 44th place with a time of 30:18.86. Ari Klau finished 47th with a time of 30:23.52, while redshirt sophomore Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) finished 48th with a time of 30:26.08 and sophomore Sam Teller (Westerville, Ohio) finished 61st with a time of 31:33.44.

The Cavaliers will conclude the Fred Hardy Invitational tomorrow. Events will begin at 9 a.m.