CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s track and field team concluded the first day of competition on Friday (Feb. 8) at both the Tiger Paw Invite at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex in Clemson, S.C., and at the Iowa State Classic at the Lied Recreational Center in Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State Classic
The 5000m run highlighted the night at the Iowa State Classic as redshirt juniors Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) and Ari Klau (West Hartford, Conn.) recorded the fifth and ninth-best times, respectively, in program history. Corbett ran a time of 14:00.56 to place ninth in the race, while Klau’s time of 14:03.31 placed him 11th.
“We had some solid results today with all of our 5,000m guys running indoor personal bests, and several of those guys were close to having great results,” assistant coach Jason Dunn said. “We just need to close out our races a bit better, which we will work on as we turn our focus to ACCs.”
Tiger Paw Invite
At the Tiger Paw Invite, sophomore Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.) led the team, recording UVA’s fifth all-time best run in the 400m dash. Willis captured a time of 47.48, which placed him third overall at the meet.
Senior Emmanuel Jackson (Raleigh, N.C.) ran a season-best time of 8.13 in the 60m hurdles for a 17th-place finish in the semifinals. He advanced with the ninth-fastest time in the prelims after finishing the race with a time of 8.14.
“Today was a successful first day of a loaded meet,” assistant coach Mario Wilson said. “For the men, Jordan Willis had a nice breakthrough in the 400 and moved into the top-five all time (at UVA).
“Everyone is here to either get tuned up for the ACC meet in two weeks or improve their standings for NCAAs in a month.”
Virginia will return to action tomorrow, concluding the final day of competition at both the Tiger Paw Invite and the Iowa State Classic.