CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to travel to Durham, N.C. to compete in the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships from May 12-14. A total of 30 men and 30 women will represent the Cavaliers at the meet.
Virginia brings four reigning ACC champions with them to Durham including Jada Seaman (Long Jump), Claudio Romero (Discus), Owayne Owens (Triple Jump) and Ethan Dabbs (Javelin). Dabbs enters the meet chasing his third consecutive title in the javelin while holding both the ACC overall and ACC Championship records.
The Cavalier men enter the weekend ranked No. 24 in the latest USTFCCCA Track and Field Rating Index while the women check in at No. 36.
The Virginia women’s program laid claim to the first five ACC Championships in conference history (1983-87) and have placed second on five other occasions. The Virginia men shared the title in 2009 and have been runners-up on five occasions as well. Both the men and women finished third in 2021.
How to Follow
Admission to the 2022 Men’s and Women’s ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships is free.
Coverage of the meet will be carried each day via ACC Network Extra as follows: Thursday from noon until 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m., and Saturday from 3 p.m. until the championship’s conclusion at approximately 9 p.m. Shawn Kenny will be on the play-by-play call, while former Duke head coach Norm Ogilvie will provide color commentary.
Live results will be available at FlashResults.com
|Day||Link 1||Link 2||Link 3||Link 4|
|Thursday||https://theacc.co/3L2411s (12-6 p.m.)||https://theacc.co/3w0fLNv (6-9 p.m.)|
|Friday||https://theacc.co/39ctR5K (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)||https://theacc.co/3L9QEwo (6-9 p.m.)|
|Saturday||https://theacc.co/38dgBxD (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)||https://theacc.co/3w1o1Nu (2-3 p.m.)||https://theacc.co/3N92Sqr (3-5 p.m.)||https://theacc.co/3FwzhEN (5-9 p.m.)|
Last Time at ACCs
Both the men’s and women’s squads finished third in team scoring last season as each team picked up 92 points.
The Virginia men had four individual champions including Brenton Foster who won his second consecutive high jump crown while Ethan Dabbs claimed his second straight championship in the javelin. Owayne Owens won the triple jump while Claudio Romero took gold in the discus.
The Cavalier women had three champions of their own. Michaela Meyer captured the 1500m title while Jada Seaman took home the long jump crown and Adrenette Knight captured her second consecutive championship in the 400-meter hurdles.
The Smithfield Commonwealth Clash
The Smithfield Commonwealth Clash, originally called the Commonwealth Challenge (2005-2007), has been a part of the UVA-Virginia Tech rivalry since 2014. It is an all-sports points-based program with the Commonwealth Clash trophy presented to the winning school each year for its dominance in head-to-head competitions. The ACC Championship finish will determine the points at stake between the men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams. The Hokies have already clinched the competition and lead by a score of 11.5-7.5.
Hoos in the Top-25 (NCAA & World Rankings)
- Claudio Romero – So., Discus, 67.02m (219’10”) – Fifth in world rankings
- Ethan Dabbs – Jr., Javelin, 80.41m (263’10”) – 18th in world rankings
- Owayne Owens – Sr., Triple Jump, 16.61m (54’6”) – 14th in world rankings
- Yasin Sado – So., 3000m Steeplechase, 8:41.36
- Mia Barnett – Fr., 1500m, 4:11.32 – 49th in world rankings
- Ashley Anumba – Gr., Discus, 57.53m (188’9”) – 50th in world rankings
- Maria Deaviz – So., Shot Put, 17.32m (56’10”)
Virginia has taken down multiple school and conference records this season:
Javelin – Ethan Dabbs (80.41m / 263’10”) – UVA, ACC Record
Discus – Claudio Romero (67.02m / 219’10”) – UVA, ACC Record
5000 meters – Wes Porter (13:36.84) – UVA Record
Discus – Ashley Anumba (57.53m / 188’9”) – UVA Record
Shot Put – Maria Deaviz (17.32m / 56’10”) – UVA Record
Six current Cavaliers have been crowned ACC Champions at least once in their collegiate careers.
Ethan Dabbs – Javelin (Outdoor: 2019, 2021)
Claudio Romero – Discus (Outdoor: 2021)
Owayne Owens – Triple Jump (Indoor: 2021, 2022) (Outdoor: 2021)
Derek Pekar – Heptathlon (Indoor: 2020)
Jada Seaman – Long Jump (Indoor: 2020, 2021) (Outdoor: 2021)
Maria Deaviz – Shot Put (Indoor 2022)