LEXINGTON, Va.- The Virginia men’s track and field team set three Corps Physical Training Facility records on Friday (Jan. 18) to open the Keydet Invitational in Lexington, Va.
Sophomore Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) kicked off his season with a facility record in the 500m run. He recorded a time of 1:02.57 for first place in the meet.
Virginia set a facility record in both relay events as the 4x800m relay team of sophomore Ryan Buscaglia (Richmond, Va.), redshirt junior Matthew Novak (Glen Allen, Va.), redshirt junior Ari Klau (West Harford, Conn.) and junior AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.) ran a time of 7:40.41. The distance medley relay team of Klau, Shirley, Buscaglia and redshirt junior Alex Corbett. (Burke, Va.) captured a time of 9:59.30 to set the site record and take first in the event.
“Today’s races were a good way for some of our distance guys to start their seasons and I was pleased with the results,” assistant coach Jason Dunn said. “Relays are all about competing and that’s the priority at this point in the season, so it was great for us to get two wins tonight in those events.”
In addition to Shirley, sophomore Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.) placed third in the 500m, running a time of 1:03.73, while sophomore Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.) ran a time of 1:04.68 for fourth place and senior Jake Dixon (Falmouth, Maine) ran a time of 1:06.32 for 10th.
Novak finished fifth in the 1000m with a time of 2:29.02, while junior Noah Toney (West Orange, N.J.) placed ninth with a time of 2:34.03.
Virginia will conclude the Keydet Invitational tomorrow. Events will begin at 8 a.m. with the Cavaliers competing in their first event at 10 a.m.