May 11, 2018
MIAMI – Khyasia Caldwell-Adams (Pocono Summit, Pa.) and Kelly McKee (Lenexa, Kan.) highlighted day two for Virginia women’s track and field at the ACC Outdoor Championships by landing on the podium in the long jump.
Virginia stands fourth as a team with 32 points. Virginia Tech leads the women’s competition with 53 points while Louisville and Miami follow on the leaderboard.
In each of their last jumps, both Caldwell and McKee produced their best efforts of the competition to finish second and third, respectively. Caldwell flew to a 6.10m (20’0.25″) mark while McKee followed with a 6.08m (19’11.5″).
“Khyasia and Kelly competed well tonight,” assistant coach Mario Wilson said. “Both produced podium jumps in their final attempt. It was a very close competition, but they stayed focused and determined right to the end.”
Holly Sullivan (Chester Springs, Pa.) continued her strong performance in the heptathlon with a 5.78m (18’11.75″) in the long jump. The mark placed her second in the event and moved Sullivan into fourth to start the day in the heptathlon.
In the javelin, Sullivan’s final throw was her best, flying 30.05m (98’7″). The senior would cap her heptathlon with a third-place finish in the 800m run, coming in at 2:16.93. Sullivan finished in fourth overall in the heptathlon, scoring five points for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers started the evening races with a bang as both Ciara Leonard (Elkins Park, Pa.) and Alexis Woodley (Chesapeake, Va.) qualified for the finals of the 100m hurdles. Leonard finished second in her heat with a 13.45 to qualify with the fastest time among non-heat winners. Woodley was just behind with a 13.49 time to finish in second of her heat.
Anna Jefferson (Warren, Mich.) posted a personal-best 53.47 in the women’s 400m to qualify for Saturday’s final. Jefferson’s mark ranks sixth among qualifiers, with four of the finalists posting personal bests in the preliminaries.
In the final event of the night, Kiera Bothwell (Springfield, Va.) posted a personal-best 10:55.59 in the 3000m steeplechase. The mark also ranks fourth-fastest by a freshman in Virginia history.
The Cavaliers conclude the ACC Outdoor Championships on Saturday (May 12).