CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams will open the indoor season on Friday (Jan. 15) as the Cavaliers travel to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the two-day Virginia Tech Invitational at the Rector Field House. Friday’s competition will begin at 5 p.m., while events on Saturday will start at 11 a.m.

Admission to the Virginia Tech Invitational is closed to the public including family members.

How to Follow
A link to live results will be available at Updates throughout the competition will also be provided on the team’s official Twitter account (@UVATFCC).

The Meet
• The Cavaliers will compete against Duke, High Point, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Syracuse and host Virginia Tech this weekend
• Duke opened its season at the Orange and Purple meet, hosted by Clemson on Jan. 9, with sophomore Ezra Mellinger leading the team with three first-place finishes
• The Virginia Tech Invitational will serve as the season opener for six teams, including: UVA, High Point, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Syracuse and Virginia Tech

The Hoos 
•  Friday’s meet will be the first of seven regular-season competitions for UVA and the first of four meets at Rector Field House
• UVA will send 22 women and 14 men to the two-day competition in Blacksburg
• Of those traveling with the Cavaliers, 14 will be competing in their first indoor competition as a collegiate athlete

Last Season
• Despite the shortened season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cavaliers are looking to build off a strong 2020 indoor track and field showing
• Virginia won five ACC titles at the conference championships, including a one-two finish in the men’s triple jump and women’s long jump
• Virginia captured 14 All-ACC honors at the 2020 conference championships from 13 athletes
• Of those 13 student-athletes, nine will compete with the Cavaliers for the 2021 indoor track and field season
• Returners Owayne Owens (Montego Bay, Jamaica), Jada Seaman (Pikesville, Md.) and Khyasia Caldwell (Pocono Summit, Pa.) earned All-America honors last year as the jumps trio qualified for the NCAA Championships
• Owens captured the seventh-best triple jump mark the country during the 2020 season, while Seaman and Caldwell recorded the sixth and 16th-best long jump mark, respectively