AUSTIN, Texas – The Virginia men’s track and field team closed out competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday (June 9) at Mike A. Myers Stadium as the Cavaliers posted their third-highest finish at the meet in program history checking in at No.11 while five competitors earned All-American honors.

Dynamic Duo in the Steeple
Nate Mountain and Derek Johnson each capped off an impressive season in the 3000-meter steeplechase with All-American honors in the event while running in blistering hot conditions.

  • Nate Mountain led the way finishing fourth with a time of 8:35.99
  • The sophomore caps off an impressive season with his first-ever All-American honors after winning the ACC title in the event earlier this season. Mountain becomes the fifth Cavalier to earn All-American honors in the event
  • Derek Johnson followed placing eighth clocking a time of 8:37.29
  • Johnson earns All-American honors for the second time in his career after placing seventh at the 2019 championships

Owens Shines in the Triple Jump
Virginia’s veteran standout in the triple jump soared to a sixth-place finish in the event marking 16.36 meters (53’ 8.25”).

  • Owens caps an impressive final season at Virginia with his highest-ever finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships marking the first time he has earned First-Team All-American honors outdoors
  • Over the course of the 2022-23 season, Owens recorded his highest ever finishes in the triple jump at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA meets
  • He becomes the fourth Cavalier to be named an All-American in the outdoor triple jump

Murphy Surges in 800m
Virginia junior, Conor Murphy put together a spectacular finish in the 800 meters. With an incredible surge over the final 200 meters, Murphy blazed to a fifth-place finish to earn All-American honors.

  • Murphy stepped up on the biggest stage throwing down a time of 1:46.43 which smashes his previous-best time
  • Murphy’s time ranks fourth all-time in Virginia history
  • Virginia’s record holder in the mile claimed All-American honors for the second time this season after placing sixth in the indoor mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Historic Implications

  • With their 11th-place finish in the team standings, Virginia posts its third-highest finish at the NCAA Championships in program history
  • The Cavaliers’ 21 points also ranks as their third-most in program history
  • Virginia finished higher than any other ACC team at the NCAA Championships – the first time Virginia has done that since the 2017 season when the Cavaliers finished third.
  • The Cavaliers’ total of five First-Team All-Americans is also the largest total since the 2017 season

Still Begins Heptathlon
Alix Still began competition in the heptathlon. The Cavalier veteran equaled a heptathlon-best in the high jump clearing 1.66 meters (5’5.75”) while throwing 11.27 meters in the shot put (36’ 11.75”) and clocking 24.95 seconds in the 200 meters. Still ended the day with a total of 2,310 points

From Director of Track & Field Vin Lananna:
“Our team competed exceptionally well throughout the entire meet. From the very start of our campaign this year we have tried to emphasize the fact that every point counts and all five of our men scrapped for each and every point they could get. I am incredibly proud of the way they competed this week.” 

Up Next:
The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will come to a close tomorrow (June 10) with the final day of the women’s competition. Still will compete in the remaining three events of the heptathlon while Ashley Anumba and Margot Appleton compete in the discus and 1500-meter finals.