CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) led the Virginia men’s track and field team on Saturday (Feb. 9) as members of the team closed competition at the Tiger Paw Invite at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex in Clemson, S.C., and the Iowa State Classic at the Lied Recreational Center in Ames Iowa.
Tiger Paw Invite
With his first attempt at the meet, Scott set a UVA record and ACC record in the triple jump reaching 16.87m (55’4.25″). Three jumps later, he would top the performance with a mark of 16.90m (55’5.5″) to finish the day in second place. In addition to setting a school record in the event, Scott’s performance ranks second in the NCAA this season.
“Jordan’s performance today is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his craft,” assistant coach Mario Wilson said. “To set a personal best on multiple jumps in the same series is incredible. There are great things on the horizon for Jordan.”
Two Cavaliers recorded a career-best time in the 200m dash as sophomore Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.) captured the second-fastest time in school history, a ranking he already held, with a time of 21.69. He finished 12th in the meet. Sophomore Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.) captured UVA’s ninth-fastest performance in history, finishing the day with a time of 21.95 for 24th place.
Iowa State Classic
Virginia paced two events at the Iowa State Classic as senior Nace Plesko (Ljubljana, Slovenia) captured a career-best mark of 18.71m (61’4.75″) in the shot put to win the event.
In the high jump, junior Brenton Foster (Townsville, Australia) topped the event, clearing a height of 2.20m (7’2.5″) as freshman Trey Causey (Winchester, Va.) captured the day’s second-best height with a jump of 2.06m (6’9″).
Junior AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.) ran a career-best time in the mile with a time of 4:05.43 for 15th place.
“We had some individuals step up big time in various ways,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “Their confidence should be high; however, we have some individuals that need to learn to compete when it counts and not make excuses. All correctable things, but it needs to take place for us to reach the heights the team wants to achieve this year.”
Virginia will return to action on Saturday (Feb. 16), sending members of the team to the JDL DMR Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C., and the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.