April 6, 2018

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The No. 23 Virginia men’s track and field team concluded a quad meet against Maryland, Bucknell and Georgetown on Friday (April 6) at Lannigan Field, defeating all three programs.

Virginia won against Maryland 67-43, in addition to topping Bucknell 76-45 and Georgetown 82-18.

“Improvement, that’s what we want at this time of the year,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “We want to learn from the mistakes from previous opportunities and take steps to maximize our ability.”

The Cavaliers led the meet, finishing first in nine events. Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) set a UVA freshman record in the 400m dash, topping the event with a time of 46.34. His time ranks third in all-time performances at Virginia.

Redshirt sophomore Sam Young (Lewes, Del.) led the men’s pole vault, clearing a height of 5.05m (16’6.75), while junior Hilmar Jonsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) placed first in the hammer with a mark of 69.85m (229’2″).

Sophomore Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) topped the long jump with a career-best and wind-assisted jump of 7.70m (25’3.15″).

Virginia swept the hurdles with junior Emmanuel Jackson (Raleigh, N.C.) recording a time of 14.63 in the 110m hurdles and redshirt junior Jack Lint (Westerville, Ohio) capturing a time of 54.90 in the 400m hurdles.

Graduate student Mike Marsella (Hope Valle, R.I.) led the 1500m run with a time of 3:55.57, while redshirt sophomore Matthew Novak (Glen Allen, Va.) topped the 2000m steeplechase with a time of 5:59.25.

In the men’s shot put, junior Nace Plesko (Ljubljana, Slovenia) finished first with a mark of 16.68m (54’8.75″).

Rounding out the meet, senior Kenneth Hagen (Blacksburg, Va.) and redshirt sophomore Ari Klau (Wester Hartford, Conn.) finished second and third, respectively in the 1500m run. Hagen recorded a time of 3:55.92, while Klau finished with a time of 3:56.94.

Redshirt junior James Williams (Radford, Va.) finished second in the shot put with a mark of 15.73m (51’7.25″).

In the discus, Plesko placed second with a career-best performance of 52.88m (173’6″) as Williams finished third in the event with a mark of 49.14m (161’3″). Plesko’s performance ranks seventh in Virginia history.

Graduate student Tucker Rizzi (Williamsburg, Va.) finished second in the javelin with an effort of 60.98m (200’1″). Senior Anthony Bouselli (Hawley, Pa.) placed third in the event with a mark of 59.61m (195’7″) to conclude the meet.

Virginia will compete in the Virginia Challenge on April 20. The two-day competition will be held at Lannigan Field.