LEXINGTON, Va.- Redshirt freshman Halle Hazzard (Commack, N.Y.) and junior Anna Jefferson (Warren, Mich.) led the Virginia women’s track and field team on the final day (Jan. 19) of the Keydet Invitational at the Corps Physical Training Facility in Lexington, Va.
Tying her collegiate-best time set during yesterday’s semifinals, Hazzard (Commack, N.Y.) topped the 60m dash, running a 7.38 to finish first in the finals. Jefferson also captured a first-place finishing, pacing the 200m dash with a time of 24.40
“I’m so excited for our ladies,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “We had back-to-back meets of growth and competitiveness. We continue to build each week and this will be a very special year.”
Virginia had three runners compete in the finals of the 60m hurdles, as senior Ciara Leonard (Elkins Park, Pa.) led the team with a second-place finish and a time of 8.63. Junior Alexis Woodley (Chesapeake, Va.) recorded the third-best performance of the day, running a time of 8.69, while junior Andrenette Knight (Morant Bay, Jamaica) finished fifth with a time of 8.79.
Sophomore Madelin Rennyson (Lynchburg, Va.) was the top Cavalier in the 800m run with a third-place finish and a time of 2:13.96 as redshirt sophomore Olivia Sargent (Yardley, Pa.) placed seventh with a time of 2:19.63 and freshman Sydney Coppolino (Somerdale, N.J.) finished 10th with a time of 2:02.22
Freshman Helena Lindsay (Yokohama, Japan) finished fifth in the 3000m run, recording a time of 10:19.05, while sophomore Kiera Bothwell (Springfield, Va.) finished 13th in the event with a time of 10:29.39.
Freshman Thelma Kristjánsdóttir (Reykjavik, Iceland) placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 14.04m (46’0.75″) as freshman Mia Abulencia (Dix Hills, N.Y.) placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 5.45m (17’10.75″).
The Cavaliers will travel to New York for their next meet, the Columbia Challenge. The two-day competition will begin January 25.
“We have a large group of athletes from the New York City area, so to have the opportunity to compete among family and friends is something we are trying to do as a program when possible,” Fetzer said. “I’m sure they will make the most of the opportunity.”