April 20, 2018
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- Redshirt junior Bridget Guy (Greensburg, Pa.) led the Virginia women’s track and field team on the opening day of the Virginia Challenge Friday (April 20) at Lannigan Field, setting a facility, meet and school record in the pole vault.
Guy topped her previous school record of 4.30m (14’1.25″) on her fourth attempt of the night, before clearing two additional heights to finish with a mark of 4.46m (14’7.5″) and place first in the meet. Guy’s performance currently ranks fourth in the nation and second in the East Region.
“Great first day,” director of Bryan Fetzer said. “We got a lot accomplished. What has been happening in practice is starting to transfer over to performances on the track and in the field.”
Sophomore Anna Jefferson (Warren, Mich.) recorded a time of 53.83 in the 400m Invite, winning the event by nearly a second. The personal-best performance ranks fifth in school history.
In the triple jump invitational, junior Kelly McKee (Lenexa, Kan.) and redshirt junior Mia Barron (Minnetonka, Minn.) finished second and third, respectively. McKee, in her first outdoor meet this season, captured a mark of 13.07m (42-10.75), tying the 12th-best jump in the country heading into the weekend. Barron recorded a personal-best mark of 12.96m (42-6.25). Her performance tied the 21st-best mark in the NCAA.
Junior Emily Mulhern (Ijamsville, Md.) finished fourth in the 10000m with a time of 34:35.46.
Freshman Brittany Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.) placed fourth in the hammer. She captured a mark of 53.80m, the third-best performance in school history.
Senior Katie Freix (Chantilly, Va.) recorded personal-best performance in the pole vault. She cleared a height of 4.01m (13’1.75″) to finish seventh in the event. The height ranks second in school history as Freix becomes just the second performer in program history to clear 13 feet.
Senior Carter Green (Ashland, Pa.) finished fifth in the discus, recording a personal-best performance of 50.24m (164-10).
Senior Holly Sullivan (Chester Springs, Pa.) currently sits fourth in the heptathlon with 864 points. She will compete in the long jump, javelin and 800m tomorrow to close out the event.
The Cavaliers will return to action tomorrow for the second day of the Virginia Challenge. Events will begin at 10:30 a.m.