CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia track and field program is set to host the third episode of its fourth season of Track’Ville Talks on Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Miller Center. This episode will feature the first Virginia miler ever to break the four-minute barrier, Vince Draddy, as well as the five Virginia mile runners who broke the barrier on the same day this season (Feb. 11).
Draddy set the Virginia record in the mile at 3:58.2 in 1982. That time stood for 41 years until Conor Murphy set the bar in 2023 as he ran 3:55.24, his first sub-four-minute mile. Three of Murphy’s teammates ran faster than Draddy’s record that day as well. Wes Porter and Gary Martin each posted 3:56.83 while James Donahue ran 3:57.44. Martin’s time shattered a Virginia freshman record that stood at 4:03.00 at the start of the season.
Track’Ville Talks is created for running enthusiasts, Virginia track and field alumni and supporters of the UVA program. There will be updates and inside information on the current state of the program, interviews with featured alumni, current student-athletes and community representatives.
Episode Three Information:
Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Location: Miller Center – 2201 Old Ivy Road, Charlottesville, Va. 22903
Community Corner: The Changing NCAA Landscape – The Mental Side with Dr. Karen Egan and Dr. Toni Harris
Alumni Corner: Vince Draddy (82’) – The first Virginia miler to break four minutes
UVA Corner: Virginia men’s milers (Conor Murphy, Gary Martin, Wes Porter, James Donahue, Nate Mountain)