Blacksburg, VA – A championship performance in the triple jump by junior Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) highlighted the final day of competition for the Virginia men’s indoor track and field team at the ACC Championships held at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House. UVA placed fifth overall with 49 points. Florida State and Virginia Tech shared the men’s title with 117 points.
Scott used a jump in his opening flight that held up and allowed him to win the title. He cleared a distance of 16.37m (53′-8.5″) and passed on all of his attempts in the finals as the field could not catch him. The win was Scott’s second triple jump title at the ACC Indoor Championships. He won the event in 2017 and then was the runner-up last year. Earlier this year he set the ACC record in the event with a mark of 16.90m (55’5.5″).
“This could not happen to a nicer, more dedicated young man,” said UVA director of track and field Bryan Fetzer. “The good thing about today was that Jordan was able to save himself for the upcoming NCAA Championships in two weeks, where he has a shot at doing some pretty special things.”
Freshman Ayende Watson (Baltimore, Md.) also advanced to the finals of the triple jump and placed ninth at 13.94m (45’9″).
Senior Emmanuel Jackson (Raleigh, N.C.) tied his PR in the 60m high hurdles with a time of 8.03 to place sixth in that race. In the 3000 meters, redshirt sophomore Ari Klau (West Hartford, Conn.) crossed the finish line in fourth place with a time of 8:03.22. That time figured as the eighth best performance by a UVA competitor in the event. Both Jackson and Klau received second-team All-ACC honors for their finishes.
“It has been a very heartbreaking couple of weeks during the indoor season because of injuries that have happened off the track,” Fetzer said. “We had a lot of points that we left on the table because of some of the competitors we were not able to bring. To know what we did here, without some very key individuals, bodes very well for outdoors and that is very much a focus for us.”
The ACC Championships served as the men’s and women’s matchup between Virginia and Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Clash. The Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Hokies claimed the point at stake during the event.
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 and updated standings.
Final Team Standings: 1. Florida State (117) and Virginia Tech (117), 3. NC State (61), 4. Clemson (51), 5. Virginia (49), 6. Notre Dame (41), 7. Syracuse (33), 8. Georgia Tech (32), 9. Duke (30.5), 10. Louisville (29), 11. Miami (28), 12. North Carolina (23), 13. Pitt (22), 14. Wake Forest (20.5), 15. Boston College (6).