March 31, 2018

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RICHMOND, Va.- The No. 20 Virginia men’s track and field team closed competition at the Fred Hardy Invitational on Saturday (March 31) at the Fred Hardy Track.

Sophomore Sam Young (Lewes, Del.) topped the pole vault with a mark of 5.20m (17’0.75″). His performance tied the facility and meet record, in addition to tying as the second-best pole vaulting mark in UVA history.

The Cavaliers recorded a 1-2 finish in the 110m hurdles with junior Emmanuel Jackson (Raleigh, N.C.) placing first with a time of 14.63 and redshirt junior Jack Lint (Westerville, Ohio) finishing second with a time of 14.88.

Freshman Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.) led the 400m dash with a time of 47.57, capturing the program’s fifth-best time by a freshman in the event. Freshman Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.) followed, recording a time of 48.08 for second place, while junior Jake Dixon (Falmouth, Maine) recorded a time of 49.21 to finish fifth.

Freshman Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) topped the 200m dash with a time of 21.78. Willis placed third in the event, finishing with a time of 21.91. Outlaw followed with a time of 21.97 to place fourth.

Sophomore Noah Toney (West Orange, N.J.) finished fourth in the 800m run. He recorded a career-best time of 1:56.88.

“When you are expected to win that can sometimes cause problems, both mentally and making you perform tight,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “I was really proud of how we executed today by simply doing what we were supposed to. The competition will continue to improve the rest of the season. We just need to elevate to that level as it comes. The last two days were overall solid for the program. I am very excited to head home for the last three regular-season meets at Lannigan.”

Virginia will return to action April 7, hosting Maryland, Bucknell and Georgetown at Lannigan Field.