LEXINGTON, Va.- The Virginia men’s track and field team concluded the final day of the Keydet Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 19) with senior Nace Plesko (Ljubljana, Slovenia) setting a Corps Physical Training Facility record.
Plesko set the facility record in the shot put, capturing a mark of 17.71m (58’1.25″) with his final attempt of the day.
“The meet was the first competition for a lot of our men,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “We had some solid opening opportunity marks. We continue to make progress and that’s exciting.”
Freshman Ayende Watson (Baltimore, Md.) recorded a third-place finish in the long jump, reaching 7.03m (23’0.75″).
In the 200m dash, sophomore Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.) led the Cavaliers with a second-place finish and a time of 21.73. Sophomore Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.) placed sixth with a time of 22.06, while senior Jake Dixon (Falmouth, Maine) placed 15th with a time of 22.50.
The Cavaliers concluded the night with the 3000m run. Freshman Ryan Lockett (Dickerson, Md.) paced the team with a time of 8:29.69, placing second overall, while freshman Derek Johnson (Leesburg, Va.) finished 10th with a time of 8:45.63 and sophomore Saurav Velleleth (Dulles, Va.) finished 16th with a time of 8:56.83.
Virginia will return to action on January 25, traveling to the two-day Columbia Challenge in New York.
“It’s an iconic venue (New York City Armory) against some of the nation’s top programs,” Fetzer said. “I know the men are excited for the opportunity to take the next steps.”