CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The Virginia women’s track and field team concluded its home opener against Maryland, Pittsburgh and West Virginia on Saturday (April 6) at Lannigan Field, with senior Jade Baker (North Richland Hills, Texas) setting a school record in the hammer throw.
With her last throw in the event, Baker captured a mark of 62.67m (205’7″) to finish second in the competition and top UVA’s record set by Maureen Laffan in 2012.
“I can’t say enough about it,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “She (Baker) has been focused on making the most of the opportunity as a senior. When you have expectations and put it all in mentally and physically to accomplish them, amazing things happen. She is just starting. There is a lot left in her.”
In the sprints, redshirt freshman Halle Hazzard (Commack, N.Y.) topped the 100m dash, running the eighth-fastest time in school history at 11.72, while junior Anna Jefferson (Warren, Mich.) lead the 400m dash with a time of 53.96, sixth-fastest time in school history.
Virginia swept the hurdles with senior Ciara Leonard (Elkins Park, Pa.) winning the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.60 and junior Andrenette Knight (Morant Bay, Jamaica) topping the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.72. Knight’s time ranks 15th in the NCAA this season.
Competing for the first time this season, sophomore Khyasia Caldwell-Adams leapt to the top of the long jump with a jump of 6.14m (20’1.75″). Her performance ranks 10th all-time in UVA history.
Senior Marija Bogavac (Mojkovac, Montenegro) won the javelin, throwing a career-best mark that ranks 10th in school history at 43.98m (144-3).
Sophomore Brittany Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.) recorded a mark of 16.17m (53′.75″) in the shot put to win the event, the 17th-best mark in the NCAA this season, as freshman Thelma Kristjánsdottír (Reykjavik, Iceland) threw a collegiate-best in the discus, recording the top throw of the event at 50.92m (167’1″).
“It was a great way to start off our home campaign,” Fetzer said. “It was the season opener for a lot of our team and they responded. We are really excited to be at Lannigan through the remainder of the outdoor seasons, until NCAAs. It is a huge plus for our student-athletes.”
Virginia will return to action April 19-20 to compete in the two-day Virginia Challenge at Lannigan Field.