CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday (Feb. 21). The three-day conference championship will be held at the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.
Follow the Action
ESPNU will stream action beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can also watch on ACC Network Extra through the WatchESPN app. Links to the stream and to live results will be available at VirigniaSports.com. Updates throughout the meet will be provided on the team’s official Twitter account (@UVATFCC).
• There are two points at stake this week in the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash, one for both the men’s and women’s competition.
• The Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line. The school that accumulates 11 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. Visit www.TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information.
• Virginia Tech currently leads this year’s challenge, 5-3.5.
• The Cavalier men will look to upset No. 9 Florida State. The Seminoles hold the lone top-25 ranking on the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Rating Index.
• On the women’s side, Florida State enters the meet as the No. 11 ranked team, while Virginia Tech ranks 20th.
• The Hoos return six student-athletes that earned All-ACC honors at last year’s championships as senior Hilmar Jonsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) finished as the ACC runner-up in the weight throw (21.04m; 69’0.5″) and junior Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) placed second in the triple jump (16.35m; 53’7.75″).
• Senior Kelly McKee (Lenexa, Kan.), redshirt senior Mia Barron (Minnetonka, Minn.) and sophomores Gabrielle Hayes (Woodbridge, Va.) and Brittany Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.) pace the women’s team as 2018 All-ACC honorees. McKee finished second in the triple jump after recording a jump of 12.84m (42-1.5). Barron finished third in the long jump (6.09m; 19’11.75″) and fourth in the triple jump (12.70m; 41’8″). In their first ACC championship, Jones finished fifth in the shot put (15.21m; 49’11”) and Hayes placed sixth in the high jump (1.69m; 5’6.5″).
• Scott set an ACC and school record in the triple jump at the team’s last outing, the Tiger Paw Invite. Scott topped the conference record on his first attempt of the meet, reaching 16.87m (55-4’25”). He would top the performance in the fourth round, jumping 16.90m (55-5’5″). Scott passed on his final two attempts.
• Redshirt senior Bridget Guy (Greensburg, Pa.) topped her school record mark for the third meet in a row, clearing a height of 4.38m (14’4.5″) in the pole vault at the Tiger Paw Invite. The performance paces the ACC and ranks seventh in the NCAA.
• Redshirt freshman Halle Hazzard (Commack, N.Y.) tied her UVA record in the 60m dash at the Tiger Paw Invite, running a time of 7.32.
Pacing the Field
• In addition to Scott and Guy, junior Brenton Foster (Townsville, Australia) enters as the top athlete in an event, pacing the high jump. Foster cleared a height of 2.21m (7’3″) to tie the school record and lead the conference. His performance ranks 13th in the NCAA.
• On the women’s side, Jones holds the third-best shot put performance (15.16m; 51’2.75″) in the conference.
•Additionally, redshirt juniors Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) (14:00.56) and Ari Klau (West Hartford) (14:03.31) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the men’s 5000m, sophomore Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.) ranks fifth in the men’s 400m dash (47.48), freshman Trey Causey (Winchester, Va.) ranks fifth in the men’s high jump (2.10m; 6-10.75) and the men’s DMR team ranks fourth (9:45.55) in the conference. Barron ranks fifth in the women’s triple jump (12.61m; 41-4.5).