New York- The Virginia men’s track and field team concluded the final day of the Dr. Sanders Columbia Challenge on Saturday (Jan. 26) at the New York City Armory in New York, with two Cavaliers winning an event.
Junior Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) recorded a career-best jump of 16.43m (53’11”) in the triple jump, capturing the top mark in the meet. Junior Brenton Foster (Townsville, Australia) also topped an event, finishing first in the high jump and tying for the second-best all-time jump at UVA with a mark of 2.14m (7’0.25″).
Redshirt junior Sam Young (Lewes, Del.) finished third the pole vault, tying his career-best height of 5.10m (16’8.75).
“Jordan (Scott) and Brenton (Foster) opened their indoor campaigns with very positive results,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “While other performances were positive, there is a lot left to improve on in terms of consistency and racing tactics. We’ve had some sickness going around our team, and coaching staff, and it showed a bit this weekend.”
Freshman Trey Causey (Winchester, Va.) cleared a height of 2.04m (6’8.25″) to finish sixth in the high jump.
Senior Nace Plesko (Ljubljana, Slovenia) captured a mark of 18.43m (60’5.75) for a career-best mark in the shot put. He finished sixth in the meet, while senior Hilmar Jonsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) finished seventh in the weight throw with a mark of 17.54m (57’6″).
Two Cavaliers captured a top-10 performance in the 400m dash as sophomore Alfred Shirley III (Chesapeake, Va.) finished sixth with a time of 48.40 and sophomore Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.) finished ninth with a time of 48.48.
Freshman Ryan Lockett (Dickerson, Md.) captured a time of 4:11.88 to finish ninth in the mile.
In the 3000m run, junior AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.) led the team with a fourth-place finish and a time of 8:05.31, ninth-fastest in school history. Redshirt junior Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) followed with a fifth-place finish and time of 8:07:20, while redshirt junior Ari Klau (West Hartford, Conn.) finished seventh with a time of 8:08.63 and sophomore Rohann Asfaw (Rockville, Md.) finished 10th with a time of 8:13.81. Redshirt junior Matthew Novak (Glen Allen, Va.) captured a time of 8:14.23 to finish 11th in the race.
The Cavaliers concluded the night with the 4x400m relay team of Willis, Shirley, senior Jake Dixon (Falmouth, Maine) and sophomore Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.) capturing the 10th-fastest time in the meet and finishing the event with a 3:19.38.
In addition to the team’s performance, former Virginia runner Henry Wynne (class of 2017) set a world record in the 4xmile at the meet. Wynne helped his teammates capture a time of 16:03.68, running the second leg of the relay.
“We haven’t competed at the Armory in a while, and the support from parents and alumni was awesome,” Fetzer said. “It was great to see so many Hoos in the building, plus seeing Henry (Wynne) be a part of a world record was amazing.”
The Cavaliers will return to action on February 2, competing down the road at the Liberty Flames Invite in Lynchburg, Va.