CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field program will host its largest home meet of the season this weekend when the Virginia Challenge takes place at Lannigan Field.

Competitors from more than 50 schools will take part in the competition Friday (April 16) and Saturday (April 17). Events get underway at 11 a.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday. UVA is scheduled to have more than 100 entries in individual and relay events during the meet.

ACC schools expected to participate in the meet include Boston College, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

The Cavalier men’s and women’s programs enter the meet ranked No. 3 in the Southeast Region by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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).

Attendance Guidelines
Due to health and safety considerations, in addition to the current guidelines for sports venues set by the Commonwealth of Virginia, attendance for UVA home meets is limited to UVA squad/guest only until further notice.

Hoos in the National Rankings

  2. Claudio Romero – Fr., Discus, 62.56m (205’ 3”)
6. Owayne Owens – So., Triple Jump, 16.29m (53’ 5.5”)
8. Jacob Lemmon – Fr., Discus, 58.54m (192’ 1”)
20. Jacob Lemmon – Fr., Hammer, 66.15m (217’ 0”)
21. Jordan Willis – Jr., 400m, 46:10

  3. Michaela Meyer – Sr., 800m, 2:02.20
13. Maria Deaviz – Fr., Shot Put, 17.18m (56’ 4.5”)
15. Andrenette Knight – Sr., 400mH, 58:02
15. 4×100 Relay (Bonnick, Hazzard, Seaman, Jefferson) – 44.36
19. Halle Hazzard – Jr., 200m, 23.15
20. Halle Hazzard – Jr., 100m, 11.33
22. Jada Seaman – Fr., 200m, 23.18

Last Time Out … Virginia Invitational Highlights
• UVA’s 4×100 team (Kayla Bonnick, Halle Hazzard, Jada Seaman and Anna Jefferson) ran the fastest time in school history (44.36).

• Hazzard won the 100m dash (11.44) while Seaman was second (11.56) and Bonnick was third (11.76). Seaman’s time put her in fifth place on the UVA all-time performance list and broke the freshman record Bonnick had set earlier this season.

• Seaman capped off her meet by finishing third in the long jump with a personal best mark of 6.13 meters (20’ 1.5”).

• Freshman Maria Deaviz won the shot put (15.71m / 51’ 6.5”) for the third time this season while Brittany Jones was second with season-best put of 14.90 (48’ 10.5”).

• Thelma Kristjánsdóttir took top honors in the discus with person-best throw of 52.99m (173’ 10”) that ranks fourth on UVA’s all-time performance list. Sophomore Sadey Rodriguez took second place at 47.75 meters (156’ 8”).

• Eva Mustafic placed second in the women’s hammer throw with a best mark of 58.84 meters (193’ 0”) and Brittany Jones was fourth (50.59m / 165’ 11”).

• In the men’s hammer throw, freshman Jacob Lemmon was second with a top mark of 59.66 meters (195’ 9”) while Ty Kunzman was fourth (57.70m / 189’ 4”), which was a personal best throw.

• Coco Holliday ran a personal best time of 18:05.17 to place second in the 5000m while Swathi Samuel was third at 18:42.31.

• Helena Lindsay crossed the finish line first in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:25.50 that ranks ninth on the UVA performance list.

• Freshman Ellie Desmond used a personal best time of 4:28.28 to win the 1500 meters.

• In the men’s 5000m, freshman Bryson Crites was the runner-up at 14:35.01 while junior Harry Monroe was third at 14:40.03.

• Joey Kelly cleared a personal-best height of 5.05 meters (16’ 6.75”) to win the pole vault and take over fifth place on UVA’s all-time performance list. Teammate sophomore Kane Aldrich finished second with a personal-best height of 4.80 meters (15’ 9”).

• Randy Neish used a personal-best time of 3:48.88 to edge teammate Will Baginski (3:49.66) for the 1500 meter title.

• Claudio Romero won the shot put (18.02m / 59’ 1.5”) and then placed second in the discus competition. His personal best toss of 62.56 meters (205’ 3”) moved him up to second all-time at UVA and improved on the freshman record he set earlier this season.

• Jacob Lemmon was third in the discus, also hitting for a personal best mark. He threw 58.54 meters (192’ 1”) to take over fifth place all-time at UVA and move up to third on the freshman records list.

• Owayne Owens etched his named on the Cavalier all-time list in the long jump. His best effort of 7.48 meters (24’ 6.5”) took second place and was the fourth best performance ever by a Cavalier. Senior Brenton Foster took third at 7.38 meters (24’ 2.5”).