CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to host the largest track and field meet on the East Coast this weekend when over 1,700 athletes travel to compete in the Virginia Challenge at Lannigan Field.
The meet will begin with the hammer throw competitions on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. Friday’s slate of events will begin at 9 a.m. with the women’s javelin and run through the 10,000 meters set to begin at 9:25 p.m. Action will resume on Saturday with the high jump and long jump competitions at 12 p.m. Virginia will honor its graduating seniors on Saturday with a recognition at 3:25 p.m.
Admission to the meet is free. Live results will be available through a link posted to VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter for live updates throughout the meet.
Meet: Virginia Challenge
Date: Thursday (April 21) – Saturday (April 23)
Location: Lannigan Field (Charlottesville, Va.)
Live Results: Flash Results Link
HOO TO WATCH:
The Virginia men’s 1500m runners rank fourth in the nation according to USTFCCCA’s event squad rankings. Wes Porter ranks fourth in the ACC and leads the Cavaliers in the event with his time of 3:39.73 while Ka’eo Kruse and Nate Mountain have clocked 3:40.04 and 3:40.99 respectively to break into the conference’s top-10. Conor Murphy has raced 3:41.49 and ranks 11th in the ACC.
The Cavalier throwers will look to continue an impressive start to the outdoor campaign. Prior to their week off from competition, Claudio Romero and Maria Deaviz had each earned ACC weekly conference honors in back-to-back competitions. Romero currently ranks fourth in the nation with a discus throw reaching 64.31m (211’0”) and is undefeated in the competition this season.
Deaviz is undefeated in the shot put this season while leading the ACC and ranking in the nation’s top-10 with her school-record toss reaching 17.32m (56’10”). Ashley Anumba ranks fourth in the ACC with her school-record discus throw of 56.50m (185’4”).
ON THE HORIZON:
The Hoos will be back in action next weekend at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from April 28-30. The Cavaliers will also host the Virginia Grand Prix on Sunday, May 1 at Lannigan Field.