Charlottesville, Va.- Juniors Anna Jefferson (Warren, Mich.) and Andrenette Knight (Morant Bay, Jamaica) won ACC titles on the final day (May 11) of the ACC Championships at Lannigan Field, helping the Cavaliers to a third-place team finish.
The Cavaliers finished third in the team standings with 84 points, the best finish for the program since it recorded a second-place finish in 2012. Virginia finished the weekend with three ACC champions and 12 All-ACC honors. Florida State won the conference championship with 134 points, while Miami finished second with 92.5 points.
Additionally, Virginia finished above Virginia Tech in the team standings, clinching the deciding point in the Commonwealth Clash. The current score is 11.5-9.5.
Jefferson led the team, placing in the top three of two events, including winning the ACC title in the 400m dash. Jefferson edged Brittny Ellis of Miami (52.52) by a tenth of a second to take the top time and win the title in the event. She ran a season-best time of 52.42. Minutes later, Jefferson recorded a time of 23.61 to finish third in the 200m dash.
Knight captured the ACC 400m hurdles title, recording her first win in a conference event. Knight ran a time of 58.16 for first place.
Sophomore Halle Hazzard (Commack, N.Y.) finished third in the 100m dash running a time of 11.36. She earned first-team All-ACC honors with the performance.
Senior Kelly McKee (Lenexa, Kan.) jumped 13.51m (44-4) on her opening jump in the triple jump. She finished third in the event, earning her sixth All-ACC honor in the event and the seventh overall honor of her career.
The women’s 4x100m relay team of senior Ciara Leonard (Elkins Park, Pa.), Hazzard, junior Alexis Woodley (Chesapeake, Va.) and Jefferson ran a time of 44.96, second fastest in school history, to place fourth.
Freshman Thelma Kristjánsdóttir (Reykjavik, Iceland) threw 50.15m (164-6) in the second round of the discus to finish fifth in the event. She earned second-team All-ACC honors.
Leonard earned second-team All-ACC honors in the 100m hurdles, running a time of 13.46. She finished sixth in the event.
“Not all events end in Hollywood fashion,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “Of course, winning is part of the objective and it is disappointing when it does not happen. Trust me, I despise getting beat in a competition, but it isn’t the ultimate prize. It’s really about making the most of opportunities and doing the best you can with what you are blessed with, and such a large part of our team did so this weekend. I’m so proud of this entire program, the effort put forth this weekend and the whole outdoor season. We’ve had a special weekend.
“Our seniors are a special group. Most of the time you don’t see the fruits of your labor for some time to come, both as a coach and as an athlete. My desires are that this group can see the impact of accepting accountability, grow in faith, see the vast possibilities of teamwork and embrace the importance of lifelong friendships.”
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 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.
Virginia will await selection for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville May 23-25.