Notre Dame, IN – Virginia senior Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) won his third indoor triple jump competition and was named the ACC Field Performer of the Meet for the second time, one indoor and one outdoor honor, to highlight the Hoos’ final day of competition at the ACC Indoor Championships at Notre Dame’s Loftus Sports Center.
The Cavalier men finish third (87 points) behind Florida State (140) and Virginia Tech (109) while the UVA women were 10th (34 points). Virginia Tech won the women’s meet.
Scott, the reigning NCAA indoor triple jump champion, posted a jump of 16.42m (53’10.5″) on his first attempt in the prelims and that mark held up as the best of the day. It was the fifth ACC Championship of his career. He also won the league’s outdoor triple jump and long jump events in 2019.
Owayne Owens landed a jump of 16.25m (53’3.75″) on his final go to win the silver medal in the triple jump. That was a personal best jump for the sophomore from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
In the mile, senior AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.) also picked up a second-place finish. Ernst used a strong closing lap to pull away from a pack of runners and clock a time of 4:02.39.
Several other competitors on the Cavaliers’ men’s squad added points toward the team total and earned second-team All-ACC honors. In the 400 meters, junior Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.) set the school record with a time of 46.58 to place fourth. Junior teammate Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.) finished fifth in the race with a personal best time of 46.61.
Junior Rohann Asfaw (Rockville, Md.) had a fourth-place showing in the 3,000m (8:07.39) and senior Ari Klau (West Hartford, Conn.) added to UVA’s point total by finishing seventh (8:08.95).
The UVA women’s day was highlighted by seniors Andrenette Knight (Morant Bay, Jamaica) and Anna Jefferson (Warren, Mich.) placing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400 meters to pick up second-team All-ACC honors. Knight finished in 53.70 while Jefferson had a time of 54.01.
Jefferson was also sixth in the 200 meters with a personal best time of 23.92.
The women’s 4×400 relay team of Anna Jefferson, Andrenette Knight, senior Alexis Woodley (Chesapeake, Va.) and freshman Jada Seaman (Pikesville, Md.) posted a finish good enough to win the event, but were disqualified along with the other two teams in their heat due to an exchange location violation.
“I thought overall it was a great team effort,” said Vin Lananna, UVA’s director of track & field and cross country/associate athletics director of administration. “There were some really good signs of a strong, championship program. The two specific things I look at, on the women’s side was the 4×400, despite the DQ, they ran so well out in front that it actually makes a difference to have a mile relay team at the end of the meet. When the kids were running around the track, it was really something. It showed me we have life as a championship program. And then, watching Owayne go from fourth to first, and all the kids came down to the end of the runway and were cheering him on, and his response. It shows me we have signs of being a great team moving forward.”
The NCAA Indoor Championships take place March 13-14 in Albuquerque, N.M.
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2020 Virginia ACC Champions
Brenton Foster – High Jump
Derek Pekar – Heptathlon
Jada Seaman – Long Jump
Jordan Scott – Triple Jump (ACC Field Performer of the Meet)
Sam Young – Pole Vault
Rohann Asfaw – 3000m, 2nd team
Khyasia Caldwell – Long Jump, 2nd team
Brenton Foster – High Jump, 1st team
Anna Jefferson – 400m, 2nd team
Andrenette Knight – 400m, 2nd team
Elby Omohundro – Heptathlon, 2nd team
Brandon Outlaw – 400m, 2nd team
Derek Pekar – Heptathlon, 1st team
Jordan Scott – Long Jump, 2nd team
Jada Seaman – Long Jump, 1st team
Alix Still – Pentathlon, 2nd team
Jordan Scott – Triple Jump, 1st team
Sam Young – Pole Vault, 1st team
Jordan Willis – 400m, 2nd team
Finals Team Standings
1. Florida State 140
2. Virginia Tech 109
3. Virginia 87
4. Notre Dame 70
5. North Carolina 47
6. Clemson 36
7. NC State 34
8. Wake Forest 30
9. Duke 25
10. Louisville 24
11. Pittsburgh 22
12. Miami 16
13. Georgia Tech 11
14. Syracuse 9
15. Boston College 3
1. Virginia Tech 105.5
2. Miami 73
3. Notre Dame 61
4. Clemson 58
5. Duke 53.5
6. Florida State 52
7. Louisville 50
8. NC State 44
8. Georgia Tech 44
10. Virginia 34
11. Wake Forest 25
12. North Carolina 24
13. Pittsburgh 19
14. Boston College 13
15. Syracuse 2