April 19, 2018
|Virginia at the Virginia Challenge|
|Date & Time||Friday, April 20, 2018 | 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Lannigan Field|
|Event Information||Meet Information | Schedule of Events | Entries|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Notes|
|Coverage||ACC Network Extra:
Friday (7 p.m.)
Saturday (7 p.m.)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field team will host the seventh annual Virginia Challenge, a two-day event, beginning on Friday (April 20) at Lannigan Field. The competition will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The ACC Network Extra will broadcast events beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Fans can access links to the broadcast and to live results at VirginiaSports.com.
More than 55 programs will compete in the two-day competition. The Cavalier men’s team enters the meet ranked 23rd in the latest USTFCCCA poll. The men’s field will also feature No. 20 Penn State, while the women’s competition will showcase No. 15 Tennessee and No. 23 Miami.
The Cavaliers enter the weekend after topping Maryland, Bucknell and Georgetown on both sides in a quad meet on April 6. During the meet, the men’s team won nine events, while the women’s team secured five events. Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) set a UVA freshman record in the 400m dash, winning the event for the Cavaliers with a time of 46.34. Brittany Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.) set a first-year record in the shot put with a mark of 15.32m (50’3.25″).
Senior Katie Freix (Chantilly, Va.) captured a career-best performance in the pole vault in the team’s last out. She cleared a height of 3.91m (12’10”), recording the third-best mark in program history. Sophomore Alexis Woodley (Chesapeake, Va.) recorded the second-fastest time in Virginia history in the 100m hurdles, finishing with a time of 13.48.
On the men’s side, sophomore Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) topped the long jump with a wind-assisted jump of 7.70m (25’3.15″). His second-best mark of 7.57m (24’10”) ranks third in school history.
Nationally, junior Hilmar Jonsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) holds the nation’s ninth-best hammer throw performance, recording a distance of 70.93m (232’8″). Senior Bridget Guy (Greensburg, Pa.) holds the seventh-best mark in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.30m (14’1.25″).
Friday’s competition is a Sabre Rewards event with the first 200 students receiving Papa John’s pizza at 7:30 p.m. A youth race will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, while the Ragged Mountain Master Mile will compete on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. A face painter and balloon artist will be in attendance on Friday in addition to Cav Man and the Virginia cheer squad. The Cavalier band and a DJ will play during the evening events.