May 23, 2018
|Virginia at NCAA East Preliminiary Rounds|
|Date & Time||Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 8:45 a.m.
Friday, May 25, 2018 | 8:45 a.m.
Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 8:45 a.m.
|Location||Tampa, Fla. | USF Track and Field Stadium|
|Event Information||Meet Information | Schedule of Events|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Notes|
|Coverage||FloTrack ($): Video|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams will open competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds on Thursday (May 24) at the USF Track and Field Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Cavaliers qualified 25 individuals, 13 women and 12 men, for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. The men’s team will also compete in the 4x400m relay.
Due to weather, the start time for all three days has been moved to 8:45 a.m.
The top-12 finishers from each individual event and the top 12 relay teams will advance from the three-day meet to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Fans can view the meet with a subscription to FloTrack. Links to the broadcast and live results are available at VirginiaSports.com.
Four Cavaliers hold marks inside the top 10 of their event. Redshirt junior Bridget Guy (Greensburg, Pa.) leads the team with the region’s second-best performance in the pole vault. Guy captured the ACC title after clearing 4.45m (14’7.25″), a meter shy of her career and season best, at the conference championships. In the men’s 1500m, graduate student Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) holds the fourth-best performance with a time of 3:42.10 from the Virginia Challenge. Juniors Hilmar Jonsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Kelly McKee (Lenexa, Kan.) rank ninth in both the hammer throw and triple jump, respectively. Jonsson recorded his third consecutive ACC title in the hammer with a season-best throw of 71.60m (234’11”). McKee posted a career-best jump of 13.28m (43’7″) at the Virginia Grand Prix. She earned All-ACC honors in the triple jump with a second-place finish at the conference championships.
UVA will have a pair of student-athletes compete in a two of events. Redshirt junior Mia Barron (Minnetonka) qualified in the triple jump and long jump, entering as the 19th and 23rd seed, respectively. Junior Nace Plesko (Ljubljana, Slovenia) ranks 22nd in the discus and 27th in the shot put.
Four student-athletes are competing for a return trip to the NCAA Championships. Redshirt junior Oghenakpobo Efekoro (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will look for his third consecutive advancement in the shot put, entering with the 13th-best mark in the region at 19.14m (62’9.5″). He finished 11th at the NCAA Championships in 2016 and fourth in 2017. Jonsson advanced last year in the hammer throw, finishing fourth at the NCAA Championships, while sophomore Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) placed 18th on the national stage in the triple jump. Scott currently ranks 24th in the region with a season-best jump of 15.64m (51’3.75). Sophomore Andrenette Knight (Morant Bay, Jamaica) finished 11th in the 400m hurdles at the 2017 NCAA Championships, competing for San Diego State. She ranks 14th in the region this season with a time of 57.95.
Also competing in the women’s 400m hurdles, junior Alana Herran (Orange, N.J.) ranks 16th with a time of 58.03.
Junior Ciara Leonard (Elkins Park, Pa.) and sophomore Alexis Woodley (Chesapeake, Va.) will compete in the 100m hurdles, ranking 19th and 28th, respectively. Leonard posted a time of 13.13, while Woodley enters with a time of 13.31.
Additionally, sophomore Anna Jefferson (Warren, Mich.) ranks 13th in the women’s 400m dash with a time of 52.39, while freshman Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) is seeded 19th in the men’s 400m dash with a time of 46.34.
The men’s 10000m will host three Hoos as sophomore Lachlan Cook (Brisbane, Australia) leads the team with the 11th-place seed and a time of 29:16.32. He is followed by senior Chase Weaverling (Darnestown, Md.), seeded 20th with a time of 29:28.92, and redshirt sophomore Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.), seeded 39th with a time of 29:50.12. On the women’s side, junior Emily Mulhern (Ijamsville, Md.) will race as the 25th-seed after posting a time of 34:35.46 this season.
Redshirt sophomore Ari Klau (West Hartford, Conn.) will compete in his first NCAA East Preliminary Championships, posting the region’s 19th-best run in the 5000m with a time of 13:57.63.
Thursday- May 24
Men’s Hammer Throw -8:45 a.m.- Hilmar Jonsson
Men’s Pole Vault- 9:30 a.m.- Sam Young
Women’s 400m Hurdles first round – 1 p.m. – Alana Herran and Andrenette Knight
Men’s 1500m first round- 1:30 p.m.- Mike Marsella
Men’s 400m first round – 3:20 p.m. – Alfred Shirley III
Women’s 400m first round- 3:45 p.m.- Anna Jefferson
Women’s Shot Put- 5:30 p.m.- Brittany Jones
Women’s Long Jump – 6:30 p.m. – Mia Barron and Khyasia Caldwell-Adams
Men’s 10000m – 9 p.m. – Lachlan Cook, Alex Corbett andChase Weaverling
Women’s 10000m – 9:40 p.m. – Emily Mulhern
Friday – May 25
Men’s Discus – 8:45 a.m. – Nace Plesko
Women’s Pole Vault- 9:30 a.m. – Bridget Guy and Katie Freix
Women’s 100m Hurdles quarterfinals- 1 p.m. – Ciara Leonard and Alexis Woodley
Women’s Discus – 1:15 p.m. – Carter Green
Men’s 400m quarterfinals – 1:30 p.m. – Alfred Shirley III
Women’s 400m quarterfinals – 1:45 p.m. – Anna Jefferson
Woman’s 400m Hurdles quarterfinals – 3:15 p.m. – Alana Herran and Andrenette Knight
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase- 8:00 p.m. – Matthew Novak
Saturday- May 26
Women’s Triple Jump – 12:30 p.m. – Mia Barron and Kelly McKee
Men’s 1500m quarterfinals – 1:00 p.m. – Mike Marsella
Women’s 100m Hurdles quarterfinals- 1:50 p.m. – Ciara Leonard and Alexis Woodley
Men’s Triple Jump – 3:30 p.m. – Jordan Scott
Men’s 4x400m relay – 3:55 p.m.
Men’s Shot Put – 5:30 p.m. – Oghenakpobo Efekoro and Nace Plesko
Men’s 5000m – 8:05 p.m. – Ari Klau