CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams will have a total of 30 competitors and two relays entered in the NCAA East Preliminary Championships. The four-day meet takes place in Jacksonville, Fla., May 24-27.

The Cavalier men will have 13 competitors entered in the competition. Their events will take place Wednesday (May 24) and Friday (May 26). Virginia’s highest-seeded competitors include: Ethan Dabbs (1st, Javelin), Nate Mountain (1st, 3000m Steeplechase), Derek Johnson (3rd, 3000m Steeplechase), Owayne Owens (4th, Triple Jump) and Conor Murphy (9th, 800m).

The Cavalier women will have 17 individuals entered in 18 events as well as both the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams. Their events will take place Thursday (May 25) and Saturday (May 27). Viginia’s highest-seeded competitors are: Margot Appleton (2nd, 1500m), Ashley Anumba (4th, Discus), Jordan Hardy (6th, Triple Jump), Sam Romano (9th, Pole Vault) and Esther Seeland (9th, 1500).

Additionally, Alix Still has qualified directly to the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon as the No. 22 seed thanks to her school-record performance at the Virginia Challenge with her total of 5662 points. Still will enter the long jump at the East Regional Preliminaries as the No. 42 seed.

The top 12 finishers in each event will advance to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships held on June 7-10 in Austin, Texas.

Complete List of Virginia Qualifiers


Name Event Seed  Time/Mark
Sarah Akpan 100m 24 11.34
Kayla Bonnick 100m 28 11.36
Keara Seasholtz 800m 37 2:05.73
Margot Appleton 1500m 2 4:08.96
Esther Seeland 1500m 9 4:12.55
Anna Workman 1500m 44 4:19.42
Sophie Atkinson 10,000m 40 34:12.62
Emily Alexandru 400 Hurdles 33 58.37
Carly Tarentino High Jump 44 1.75m
Sam Romano Pole Vault 9 4.28m
Hanne Borstlap Pole Vault 16 4.18m
Trina Barcarola Pole Vault 34 4.09m
Jada Seaman Long Jump 26 6.26m
Alix Still Long Jump 42 6.17m
Jordan Hardy Triple Jump 6 13.41m
Janae Profit Shot Put 32 15.75m
Discus 34 51.48m
Ashley Anumba Discus 4 59.37m


Name Event Seed Time/Mark
Conor Murphy 800m 9 1:47.27
Kenton Bachmann 800m 32 1:48.56
Gary Martin 1500m 13 3:39.53
Wes Porter 1500m 33 3:41.51
Jack Eliason 5000m 23 13:47.07
Alex Sherman 400 Hurdles 21 51.09
Nate Mountain 3000 Steeplechase 1 8:32.05
Derek Johnson 3000 Steeplechase 3 8:33.78
Yasin Sado 3000 Steeplechase 11 8:42.48
Owayne Owens Triple Jump 4 16.61m
John Fay Hammer Throw 33 63.72m
Ethan Dabbs Javelin Throw 1 80.82m
Tyler Zawatski Javelin Throw 45 64.70m