UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. –  The Virginia women’s track and field team opened the indoor season on Saturday (Jan. 12) at the Nittany Lion Challenge at the Ashenfelter III Indoor Track facility.
“For the opening competition of the indoor season, we talked about executing and for the most part we did that,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “It was one of our best openers in the last five to six years from a competitive stand point. Now, we just need to learn from it and improve for the next week.”
Redshirt senior Bridget Guy (Greensburg, Pa.) opened the season with a win in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.15m (13’7.25″), while sophomore Halle Hazzard (Commack, N.Y.) led the UVA sprinters, finishing first in the 60m dash and second in the 200m dash with a time of 7.41 and 24.41, respectively.
Senior Ciara Leonard (Elkins Park, Pa.) ran a time of 8.64 in the 60m hurdles, finishing second in the event.
Juniors Anna Jefferson (Warren, Mich.) and Andrenette Knight (Morant Bay, Jamaica) finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 600m run. Jefferson recorded a time of 1:34.36, while Knight captured a time of 1:35.44.
In the weight throw, sophomore Eva Mustafic (Zagreb, Croatia) placed fifth with a mark of 16.92 (55’6.25), the sixth-best throw in school history, while senior Jade Baker (North Richland Hills, Texas ) threw a career-best mark of 16.91 (55’5.75) to rank seventh all-time at UVA.
Sophomore Brittany Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.) placed third in the shot put with a mark of 14.99m (49’2.25), while redshirt senior Mia Barron (Minnetonka, Minn.) jumped 5.69m (18’8″) to place fourth in the long jump.
Senior Alana Herran (Orange, N.J.) finished fourth in the 400m dash, running a time of 57.58.
Junior Tedi DeMaria (Feura Bush, N.Y.) joined Guy in the pole vault, finishing fourth and clearing a height of 3.50m (11’5.75″).
Next, Virginia will compete at the two-day Keydet Invitational, beginning January 18, in Lexington, Va.