CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the Doc Hale Elite Meet this weekend (Feb. 7-8) at the Rector Field House.
Admission and parking for the meet is free to the public. Parking is available in the surrounding lots at Rector Field House.
How to Follow
Fans can follow the action with live results, linked at VirginiaSports.com. Updates throughout the day will be provided on the team’s official Twitter account (@UVATFCC).
A Look at the Doc Hale Elite Meet
• The Cavaliers are one of seven teams competing at the meet as Duke, Kentucky, Tennessee’s field unit, Liberty, East Carolina and host Virginia Tech faceoff against Virginia in the two-day competition.
• Kentucky enters as the 15th-ranked men’s program in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) latest poll. Tennessee is ranked 18th nationally on the men’s side.
• On the women’s side, Kentucky ranks seventh nationally.
The Return to Blacksburg
• The meet is the third of the year for the Cavaliers in Blacksburg.
• The Cavaliers have found success at Rector Field House this season with senior Alexis Woodley (Chesapeake, Va.) setting a school record.
• Woodley topped her UVA leading mark in the 60m hurdles, running a time of 8.31.
• Freshmen Derek Pekar (Ventura, Calif.) and Jada Seaman (Pikesville, Md.) had a strong showing at the Hokie Invitational. Pekar captured the second-best heptathlon score in UVA history with his score of 5,354.
• Seaman’s time of 23.93 in the 200m dash ranks as the third-fastest time in school history.
• Senior Anna Jefferson (Warren, Mich.) opened the year with a career-best time in the 60m dash at 7.40.
• The Cavaliers had a total of 13 marks land on the program’s all-time best list from its two meets at Virginia Tech.
Hoos Ranked Nationally
• Senior Brenton Foster (Townsville, Australia) holds a top-15 mark in the NCAA after clearing a height of 2.21m (7’3″) in the high jump at the Navy Invitational II. Foster’s mark, which ties his best jump in a UVA uniform, ranks 12th nationally and leads the ACC.
• Pekar recorded a score of 5,354 at the Hokie Invitational to rank 18th in the NCAA and capture the second-best mark in UVA history. He also leads the conference in the event.
• Jefferson and junior Brittany Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.) rank 20th in the 400m and shot put, respectively. Jefferson ran a time of 53.74 at the Hokie Invitational, while Jones recorded a mark of 16.27m (53’4.5″) at the Navy Invitational. Jones ranks first in the ACC in the shot put.
• The Virginia men’s relay team of redshirt senior Matthew Novak (Glen Allen, Va.), junior Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.), senior AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.) and redshirt senior Ari Klau (West Hartford, Conn.) rank 13th this season with a DMR time of 9:47.33.
Looking Back at the Navy Invitational II
• Virginia is coming off a strong performance at the Navy Invitational II in Annapolis, Md., last weekend.
• Willis led the team setting a UVA record in the 200m dash with a time of 21.42.
• Seaman set a Wesley A. Brown Field House record in the 60m dash with a time of 7.46. Her time was the seventh-fastest 60m dash performance in UVA history.
• In the high jump, Foster cleared a height of 2.21m (7’3″) to tie the facility record and his best jump at UVA.
• Jones topped the career-best shot put mark she set at the Virginia Tech Invitational, recording a mark of 16.27m (53’4.5″) to capture UVA’s third-best performance in the event.
• Additionally, Virginia had nine athletes record a first-place finish at the meet.