CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Ethan Dabbs and Mia Barnett of the Virginia men’s and women’s track and field programs earned ACC weekly honors after a pair of performances that each rank in the nation’s top-two the league announced Tuesday.
Dabbs broke the ACC men’s javelin throw record that had stood for almost 11 years with his mark of 80.41 meters (263’10”) at the Virginia Challenge. Dabbs became the first ACC thrower to surpass the 80-meter mark and broke the previous record held by Virginia Tech’s Matthias Treff by more than eight feet. Dabbs, who currently ranks second nationally, broke his own Virginia school mark while also setting a Virginia Challenge record and a Lannigan Field facility mark. Dabbs now holds both the ACC record and the ACC Championships record which he set in 2019 (74.04m/249’6”)
Barnett ran a nation-leading NCAA Division I time and finished as the top collegian in the 1500 meters at the Virginia Challenge. Barnett’s time of 4:11.32 placed less than a second behind race winner Michaela Meyer, who now runs professionally for Nike after setting both ACC overall and ACC Championship records last season. Barnett also competed in the women’s 800 at the Virginia Challenge, clocking 2:06.79 to currently rank eighth in the ACC.
Barnett shares the weekly honor with N.C. State’s Katelyn Tuohy who won the 5000 meters at the Virginia Challenge with a time that leads the NCAA and is the eighth-fastest time in collegiate history.
The Cavaliers will compete this weekend at the Penn Relays (April 28-30) before returning to host the Virginia Grand Prix (May 1) at Lannigan Field.