April 21, 2018
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The No. 23 Virginia men’s track and field team concluded action at the Virginia Challenge on Saturday (April 21) at Lannigan Field.
The men’s 4x400m relay team of freshman Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.), freshman Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.), freshman Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.) and redshirt junior Jack Lint (Westerville, Ohio), respectively, finished first with a time of 3:08.34. The season-best time ranks fifth in school history and is currently the second-fastest time in the ACC.
Shirley also won the men’s 400m hurdles invitational, posting a time of 51.67, missing his personal-best time of 51.66 by a hundredth of a second.
“The men keep improving and learning,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “We did that this weekend. It was a great overall meet, but we have to take the next step at the Grand Prix.”
With a season-best performance, graduate student Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) ran a time of 3:42.10 in the men’s 1500m invitational. His time placed him second in the meet and 21st in the NCAA.
Sophomore Lachlan Cook (Brisbane, Australia) ran a time of 29:16.32 in the 10000m, finishing second in the event. The career-best performance ranks seventh in school history and is the second-fastest time in the conference. Redshirt sophomore Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) recorded a season-best time of 29:50.12, placing eighth in the event.
In his first 3000m collegiate steeplechase, sophomore Randy Neish (Glastonbury, Conn.) placed second in the event, recording a time of 9:11.68.
Progressing throughout the competition, redshirt junior James Williams (Radford, Va.) finished third in the shot put. He recorded season-best a mark of 16.19m (53’1.5″).
Redshirt sophomore Ari Klau (West Harford, Conn.) finished sixth in the 5000m recording a time of 13:57.63. His career-best time ranks ninth in Cavalier history
“The meet continues to be a success and improves,” Fetzer said. “Just look at the performances. We have a great facility, crew and officials. I couldn’t do it without their help.”
The Cavaliers will return to action on April 28, hosting their last meet of the season, the Grand Prix at Lannigan Field. The meet will be a part of Virginia’s Wahoowa Weekend. Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be available to all fans starting at 3 p.m., while supplies last.