BLACKSBURG, Va. –Field events highlighted the Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams on the final day at the Virginia Tech Invitational as the Cavaliers closed day two of the competition at the Rector Field House on Saturday (Jan. 16).

A 2020 All-American in the event, senior Khyasia Caldwell (Pocono Summit, Pa.) won the long jump by five inches at the Virginia Tech Invitational. She recorded a jump of 6.09m (19’11.75”), the NCAA’s fourth-best jump so far this season.

Freshman Maria Deaviz (Souderton, Pa.) captured the top mark in the shot put at 15.43m (50’7.5”). Her performance was the seventh best by a Cavalier in program history and top mark by a UVA freshman.

The men’s distance medley relay team of graduate student Randy Neish (Glastonbury, Conn.), senior Brandon Outlaw (Moorestown, N.J.), freshman Conor Murphy (Providence, R.I.) and freshman Wes Porter (Kansas City, Mo.) turned in a time of 9:48.73 as the quartet ran the race uncontested.

Freshman Keara Seasholtz (Wayne, Pa.) ran a time of 2:12.07 to win the 800m, while freshman Jay Pendarvis (Annandale, Va.) recorded the top time in the men’s 200m at 22.46.

Additionally, junior Rebecca Hawkins (Sidcup, London) cleared a height of 1.74m (5’8.5”), eighth-best jump in program history, to finish second in the high jump, while redshirt freshman Claudio Romero (Santiago, Chile) recorded a mark of 18.44m (60’6”), seventh-best mark in program history, to finish second in the shot put.

• Freshman Maria Deaviz (Souderton, Pa.) recorded a mark of 15.43m (50’7.5”) in the shot put, capturing the seventh-best mark in program history and top performance by a UVA freshman.
• Redshirt freshman Claudio Romero’s (Santiago, Chile) 18.44m (60’6”) in the shot put ranks seventh all-time in program history.
• Junior Rebecca Hawkins (Sidcup, London) recorded a career-best jump of 1.74m (5’8.5”) in the high jump. Her jump is tied for eighth in program history.
• Freshman Gabriella Recce (Harrisburg, Penn.) cleared a height of 3.67m (12’0.5”) in the pole vault, ranking ninth on UVA’s all-time performance list.

 Quote from Vin Lananna 
“The women’s team showed great promise with Khyasia Caldwell and Rebecca Hawkins in the jumps,” director of track & field and cross country/associate athletics director of administration Vin Lananna said. “Maria Deaviz had a freshman record in the shot. Claudio Romero’s big personal record in the shot coupled with a good solo effort in the distance medley bolstered the men’s weekend.”

The Cavaliers will return to Blacksburg Jan. 22 to compete in the two-day Hokie Invitational at the Rector Field House.