WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams closed competition at the JDL Camel City Invitational and the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite meet as Margot Appleton set a Virginia record in the 3000 meters while Owayne Owens put his stamp on the indoor season with a victory in the triple jump on Saturday afternoon.

JDL Camel City Invitational (Winston-Salem, N.C.):
Appleton sparked an impressive showing for the Cavaliers at the Camel City Invitational on the JDL Fast Track. Running in the 3000 meters, Appleton finished second among collegiate runners as she posted a school-record time of 9:04.69. Appleton’s time currently stands as the 12th-fastest in the NCAA this season.

Shortly after Appleton’s record-setting performance, Yasin Sado took to the track running in the men’s 3000 meters. Sado clocked personal-best time running 7:58.53 as he finished fourth among collegiate runners. Sado’s time ranks seventh all-time at Virginia.

After setting a Virginia indoor record in the 800 meters a week ago, Esther Seeland once again competed in the event at the Camel City Invitational. Seeland finished sixth overall and fourth among collegiate runners as she ran a time of 2:06.56.

Closing out Virginia’s showing in at the Camel City Invitational was Nate Mountain. Running the mile, Mountain finished with a personal-best time of 4:03.21 as he placed fourth among collegiate runners in the event.

Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite (Blacksburg, Va.):
Owayne Owens made his 2023 debut in the triple jump as the Cavalier veteran leaped to a personal-best mark of 16.63 meters (54’6.75”) to win the event. The mark ranks second in the NCAA so far this season and moves Owens into a tie for second on the Virginia all-time indoor performance list.

In the women’s shot put, Janae Profit took third in the competition as she threw for a personal-best mark of 15.36 meters (50’4.75”) which ranks 10th all-time at Virginia. Kaiya Saunders placed fifth in the event with a season-best throw of 14.57 meters (47’9.25”).

In the women’s pole vault, Trina Barcarola took sixth place clearing 4.10 meters (13’5.25”) wile Hanne Borstlap posted a mark of 3.95 meters (12’11.5”).

A Cavalier duo of Alix Still and Carly Tarentino each tied for fifth place in the high jump posting a mark of 1.68 meters (5’6”).

In the sprints, Jada Seaman placed second in the 200 meters as she posted a time of 24.21 while Sarah Akpan clocked a personal best of 24.49. Jay Pendarvis finished third on the men’s side of the event recording a time of 21.60.

Day One Highlights (Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite):

  • Jada Seaman won her second consecutive long jump competition
  • Alahna Sabbakhan and Kayla Bonnick each took home wins in the 60m and 800m
  • Alix Still ran a personal best in the 60 meter hurdles to move into fourth all-time at UVA
  • John Fay threw a personal-best mark in the weight throw of 19.16 meters (62’10.5”) in a third-place finish

From Director of Track & Field Vin Lananna:
“I was especially pleased with the performances of our jumpers at Virginia Tech. Owayne Owens and Jada Seaman led the jumps while John Fay and Janae Profit led a strong contingent of our throwers. At Camel City, Yasin Sado and Margot Appleton were awesome with huge personal bests while Esther Seeland and Nate Mountain established themselves as legitimate contenders in the conference meet.”

Up Next:
Virginia is set to be back in action next weekend when the Cavaliers travel for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational (Boston, Mass.), The Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational (Lynchburg, Va.) and the Tiger Paw Invitational (Clemson, S.C.) on Friday (Feb. 10) and Saturday (Feb. 11)