BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Virginia men’s jumper Owayne Owens earned first team All-American honors for his performance in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday afternoon.
The two-time reigning ACC triple jump champion steadily improved his marks throughout the competition and recorded his best mark of the day at 16.13m (52’11”) on his sixth and final attempt. The mark earned Owens an eighth-place finish and first team All-American honors for the second time in his indoor career. Owens achieved second team All-American honors in the 2020 season.
After breaking a 40-year-old Virginia record in qualifying (4:33.54), Mia Barnett finished tenth overall in the women’s mile. With a time of 4:42.91, Barnett caps a historic freshman season with second team All-American honors.
FROM DIRECTOR OF TRACK & FIELD VIN LANNANA:
“It was a great experience for Mia to compete in the final today as a first year. We will build upon this to have a great outdoor season.”
Mia Barnett kicked off competition for the Cavaliers in the mile run as she broke a 40-year-old Virginia record with her time of 4:33.54. The time topped a record set by Jill Haworth (4:34.32) set in 1982. Barnett placed fifth in her heat and qualified for the finals with the fifth-best qualifying time overall. She was the only true freshman in the field of 16 runners.
Barnett also competed alongside Jada Seaman, Alahna Sabbakhan and Margot Appleton for the Hoos in the distance medley relay to close out the first day of competition. Virginia placed seventh in the event with a time of 11:04.88 to secure first team All-American honors.
Barnett will compete in the finals of the women’s mile set to begin at 8 p.m. tonight.