AUSTIN, Texas – The Cavalier men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out the third day of competition at the 95th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday (March 31) at Mike A. Myers Stadium as Owayne Owens and Ethan Dabbs opened their seasons in the triple jump and javelin throw.   

Owens opened his 2023 outdoor campaign in the triple jump following his best-ever indoor campaign in which he recorded a personal best at the NCAA Championships to win bronze and first-team All-American honors. With his final attempt of the day, Owens leaped to a mark of 16.53 meters (54’2.75”) to place fourth overall and second among collegians in the field.

Dabbs kicked off his campaign in the javelin marking his first competitive outing since the NACAC Championships in August of 2022. The senior turned in his longest throw of the day on his fourth attempt as he posted a mark of 74.87 meters (245’7”) to place sixth in a highly competitive field. Dabbs returns to NCAA competition following a 2022 season in which he won silver at the NCAA Championships.

Other Highlights at Texas Relays

  • Alix Still placed eighth in the heptathlon with a total of 5,491 points
  • Still’s ranks second all-time at UVA – just 21 points from a long-standing UVA record set in 1994
  • Still posted personal bests in the 100 hurdles, 200 meters and javelin
  • Virginia freshman Sam Romano made her outdoor debut in the pole vault
  • Jada Seaman opened her season in the long jump placing tenth at Texas Relays

Up Next:
Ashley Anumba will wrap things up for the Cavaliers at the Texas Relays tomorrow (April 1) when she competes in the women’s discus at 2 p.m. ET. Anumba currently ranks second in the NCAA with her mark of 59.37 meters set at Raleigh Relays last week.

The Cavaliers are also set to welcome Norfolk State, Saint Francis and Liberty to Lannigan field for the Virginia Quadrangular tomorrow (April 1), the first of four home meets Virginia will host this season.